Restore from backup or New install?

chrysos

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While I'm sitting here waiting for Fedex I am cleaning up Itunes and I was wondering if it is better to restore from a backup of my ipad 1 or set it up as a new ipad. My gut tells me its better to set up as new.

Any experiences with the restore from backup out there?
 

DS3

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Mar 7, 2011
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Ive never heard of it making any difference, this isn't windows ME or anything.

I restored rather than check through which apps I want and set up folders and settings all over again. No problem here.
 

iMaven

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Jan 21, 2011
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I don't want to restore from my old iPad. I want to set it up as a new iPad then configure it and add a lot of the Retina Apps.
 

KeithJenner

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Sep 30, 2010
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I restored two new iPads from backup and it went perfectly.

Much easier than organising everything again.
 

G77

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Jan 12, 2010
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Restore of course. I restored for all my subsequent ios devices and it always worked great. You can restore directly from icloud...
 

larmonkm

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well, my plan was to do a backup install. i did it, and it didn't go as quickly or as smoothly as i'd hoped. the big issue is that i have to redownload all my music from the cloud. i had hoped to avoid this, because i DON'T have unlimited internet (no choice where i live in alaska) and didn't want to use all my data on stupid music that i'd already put on an ipad once before. i tried to add music back via itunes, however it would not let me...telling me i had to use the cloud. so, i am now in the process of just starting over and hoping it works out. :rolleyes:
 

iapplelove

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Nov 22, 2011
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at first i was gonna set up as new but just now decided on restore from back up

this thing is sick right away i noticed how incredibly sharp my background was
 

master-ceo

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After much self debate, I setup as new. I'm going to have to use the hell out of file explorer to get the data I want in my apps though. :(
 

K4LK

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While I'm sitting here waiting for Fedex I am cleaning up Itunes and I was wondering if it is better to restore from a backup of my ipad 1 or set it up as a new ipad. My gut tells me its better to set up as new.

Any experiences with the restore from backup out there?
Setting up as new is way too much work. Restore from backup works great. Suggestion: remove all the big videos before you backup, otherwise iTunes will put them all on the new iPad (making you wait to play).
 

MaxxTraxx

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Jul 2, 2008
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well, my plan was to do a backup install. i did it, and it didn't go as quickly or as smoothly as i'd hoped. the big issue is that i have to redownload all my music from the cloud. i had hoped to avoid this, because i DON'T have unlimited internet (no choice where i live in alaska) and didn't want to use all my data on stupid music that i'd already put on an ipad once before. i tried to add music back via itunes, however it would not let me...telling me i had to use the cloud. so, i am now in the process of just starting over and hoping it works out. :rolleyes:
Just uncheck the box to sync with your computer
 

Swampthing

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I have 21GB of apps and there is no way I am recreating all those folders. Restore for me. Going on 5 hours now....
I have over 30GB of apps, and it only took about 1 hour by doing a Restore from iTunes. Learned my lesson before with iPhone, it is much faster than restoring from the iCloud.
 

ZBoater

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Jul 2, 2007
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I have over 30GB of apps, and it only took about 1 hour by doing a Restore from iTunes. Learned my lesson before with iPhone, it is much faster than restoring from the iCloud.
Argghhh, and NOW you tell me! :eek:

I'm down to my last couple of apps, 5 1/2 hours in. Sheesh...
 

scriptlol

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Mar 9, 2012
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The thought of doing a 'fresh install' of an ipad never even crossed my mind. We aren't in the windows world.
 

jeffg819

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Forced simplicity. Doing a fresh install for me was a way to really think about the apps I use and whether to bring them to the new iPad.

Like a lot of things in life, the 80/20 rule rules!
 

ZBoater

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Forced simplicity. Doing a fresh install for me was a way to really think about the apps I use and whether to bring them to the new iPad.

Like a lot of things in life, the 80/20 rule rules!
This is a good point. I have sooooooo much crap on my iPad I could have used a fresh install.

Oh well, it's almost done now. Maybe for the new New iPad.
 

G77

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Jan 12, 2010
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Forced simplicity. Doing a fresh install for me was a way to really think about the apps I use and whether to bring them to the new iPad.

Like a lot of things in life, the 80/20 rule rules!
Well, you lose setup and data for apps you use... I am just ruthlessly deleting crap i dont use.
 

Colgin

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Nov 17, 2010
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OK, so if I restore from backup will I be able to then rename the new Ipad to keep it distinct from the old one. We are keeping our Ipad 1, which will go to my wife. For initial setup of the Ipad 3 I like the simplicity of just doing from a backup. But going forward the contents of the two will be different and I don't want them to sync identically re apps, etc.
 

Bob Coxner

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Mar 24, 2011
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OK, so if I restore from backup will I be able to then rename the new Ipad to keep it distinct from the old one. We are keeping our Ipad 1, which will go to my wife. For initial setup of the Ipad 3 I like the simplicity of just doing from a backup. But going forward the contents of the two will be different and I don't want them to sync identically re apps, etc.
How to rename your device(s)

https://support.apple.com/kb/HT3965