Retrieve older iPhone backup (from Time Machine)?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by sandman42, Oct 21, 2011.

  1. sandman42 macrumors 6502a

    sandman42

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    I had to take my iPhone into the ATT store this morning. Before I did, I backed it up. While I was at the store they wiped my phone to try to troubleshoot it, which was fine with me because I knew I had the backup.

    They weren't able to replace my phone (out of stock), so they sent me home with my old phone. When I connected it to iTunes to restore it, the first thing it did was sync, which seems to have wiped out my previous backup.

    When I try restore from backup now, the only choices I have are the backup created when I connected my phone after returning from the store, or one from a week ago.

    Is there a way I can retrieve my backup from before I went to the store? I use Time Machine, so if I know what file to retrieve I could restore the file from the last backup (of my computer) before I went to the store.
     
  2. HazyCloud macrumors 68030

    HazyCloud

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    They are located here, but with Lion you have to hold 'option' when opening the folder as Lion hides the library folder.

    User>Library>Application Support>Mobile Sync>Backup
     
  3. sandman42 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    sandman42

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    Great! Thanks. I tried holding down option when I opened my user folder, but library doesn't show up. Any idea why?
     
  4. deeddawg macrumors 604

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    Try Shift+Option+G in Finder then enter ~/Library and click Go
     
  5. sandman42 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    sandman42

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    Ok, I got it: hold down option and use the "Go" menu in Finder. Thanks!!
     
  6. HazyCloud macrumors 68030

    HazyCloud

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    Sorry, I totally spaced and left that out.
     
  7. zivia3 macrumors newbie

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    Where does it go?

    Thank you for your help in being able to see the MobileSync folder... I transferred 7 GB of stuff and I can see that the storage space on my HD is diminished...

    However I cannot find where this backup was put. It is not listed as a backup option in iTunes when I attempt to restore my phone, and I've searched everywhere I can think of...

    Now it's just taking up useless space on my HD, which is so close to being full I really can't afford to lose it. Any ideas?
     

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