Settting Up IPAD 3

Scarpad

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Can you, and Should you, restore from an Ipad 2 backup, for setting up the new ipad, or should you just set up from scratch?
 

shellbryson

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Given my iPad 1 is iCloud connected, I'm very much hoping that once I've entered my iCloud details the new iPad will simply start syncing over the air. Otherwise I'm going to be sat with the damn thing here on my desk at work until I get home to my desktop Mac.:eek:
 

Stealthipad

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I would sync with the cloud.

When you get your new Pad 3, you should just have to sign on with your Apple ID and it should populate your new iPad
 

Menel

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I fully plan to restore my iPad 3 from my iPad 2's last iCloud backup and expect no issues. *knock on wood*
 

netnothing

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When I went from iPad 1 to iPad 2.....there was no iCloud, so I restored from the iTunes backup. Worked perfectly....had a brand new iPad just like before.

Since I'm out of town when I get my new iPad, I'm going to restore from iCloud.

The only downside to an iCloud restore is.....it takes way longer to get all the apps download and installed, since it has to download all of them from Apple. That and I would imagine Apple's servers are going to be a bit slow on launch day.

-Kevin
 

deeddawg

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My thought:

Restore from the backup. If everything works fine, you're golden.

If not, then wipe and set up as new.
 

GR33NIE

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I fully plan to restore my iPad 3 from my iPad 2's last iCloud backup and expect no issues. *knock on wood*
+ 1 on that, plan to do exactly the same and restore the lot from iCloud and then pick up where I left off :)
 

satchow

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That's what I do everytime I get a new iDevice. Plug the old one into iTunes, right click, back up. Plug the new one into iTunes, right click, restore from back up.

Haven't had a problem yet.
 

netnothing

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That's what I do everytime I get a new iDevice. Plug the old one into iTunes, right click, back up. Plug the new one into iTunes, right click, restore from back up.

Haven't had a problem yet.
Let me ask you....have you ever done this on a computer that is not the primary syncing computer?

I sync all my devices with my Mac Pro. But I'm travelling for this launch and will getting the new iPad while away. I will have my Macbook with me....but I don't sync my current iPad to it (since you can only sync with one library).

Can I, while I'm gone, plug the iPad 2 into my Macbook and do a backup? Then plug the new iPad into iTunes to restore it? All the while, making sure when I get back home that the new iPad will sync with my Mac Pro?

Thanks!

-Kevin
 

satchow

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Let me ask you....have you ever done this on a computer that is not the primary syncing computer?

I sync all my devices with my Mac Pro. But I'm travelling for this launch and will getting the new iPad while away. I will have my Macbook with me....but I don't sync my current iPad to it (since you can only sync with one library).

Can I, while I'm gone, plug the iPad 2 into my Macbook and do a backup? Then plug the new iPad into iTunes to restore it? All the while, making sure when I get back home that the new iPad will sync with my Mac Pro?

Thanks!

-Kevin
I haven't done it exactly like that, but I'm fairly confident it will work as long as you don't sync the iPad on the MacBook.
What you could do is today plug in your current iPad into your MacBook, make a backup, then right click and choose Restore from Backup and see if it shows you the backup file to choose from or not.
 

netnothing

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I haven't done it exactly like that, but I'm fairly confident it will work as long as you don't sync the iPad on the MacBook.
What you could do is today plug in your current iPad into your MacBook, make a backup, then right click and choose Restore from Backup and see if it shows you the backup file to choose from or not.
Thanks.....I might give that a shot.

-Kevin

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Here's a tip for those making local backups......choose Encrypt local backup. When you do this, all your passwords are stored so when you restore, you don't have to re-enter your passwords all over again.

iCloud automatically does this I believe.

-Kevin
 

B.A.T

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Normally I would try to restore from iCloud but based on how hard it was to order on Apple's website last week I don't want to risk it taking forever. I've updated all my apps on my mac and hope to have it up and running a.s.a.p.
 

netnothing

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Normally I would try to restore from iCloud but based on how hard it was to order on Apple's website last week I don't want to risk it taking forever. I've updated all my apps on my mac and hope to have it up and running a.s.a.p.
That's what I'm afraid of. I have about 7GB of apps on my iPad 2.

I needed to restore my iPad a few months back and chose to do it from iCloud. Now this was a normal time....no launches or anything. The overall backup went fine....but downloading all those apps....took hours! And I have a fast internet connection. Part of the problem is Apple only downloads 1 or 2 apps at a time.

With everyone setting up their new iPads this Friday...and downloading new apps and restoring....I'm nervous to do an iCloud restore.

Although I did read a tip where from Apple on iCloud restores:

A progress bar will appear underneath the apps that are being downloaded. To prioritize the restore of a specific app, tap its icon. Restore will attempt to download the same version of the app that you had installed previously. If that version is no longer available, the latest version of the app will be restored.
-Kevin
 

SheepNutz

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How about restoring a new iPad from an iCloud backup from my iPhone 4S? I've never owned an iPad, and I was wondering if I could restore from a iPhone backup or not. Would you just set it up as a new device?
 

netnothing

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I haven't done it exactly like that, but I'm fairly confident it will work as long as you don't sync the iPad on the MacBook.
What you could do is today plug in your current iPad into your MacBook, make a backup, then right click and choose Restore from Backup and see if it shows you the backup file to choose from or not.
Ok, so it looks like though that the backup doesn't backup apps. I guess it assumes you are backing up to the local computer that already has all your apps.

My Macbook won't have the apps. So I'm trying the Transfer Purchases on the Macbook. I'm guessing this will copy the apps to the Macbook.

-Kevin

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How about restoring a new iPad from an iCloud backup from my iPhone 4S? I've never owned an iPad, and I was wondering if I could restore from a iPhone backup or not. Would you just set it up as a new device?
I have been told that you CAN do this. I'd give it a shot. Worst that's going to happen is you'd have to restore the new iPad as...well new again :D

-Kevin
 

SteinMaster

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I'll be restoring from backup from my MBP. Isn't this the same as restoring from iCloud but much faster? If I have the option between the two I'm going to use the fastest. I'm a missing something backing up from MBP vs iCloud?
 

netnothing

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I'll be restoring from backup from my MBP. Isn't this the same as restoring from iCloud but much faster? If I have the option between the two I'm going to use the fastest. I'm a missing something backing up from MBP vs iCloud?
Nope, you correct. Same thing...just faster since it's restoring apps locally.

iCloud is nice when you don't have your computer with you. But since it has to download all apps again....it can be slow.

-Kevin
 

cabingirl

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I must be the outlier, but I am not going to restore from backup. I want a clean setup. I don't have alot of apps on there where I would lose data, however.
 

ugp

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If your not worried about losing data start off fresh. I have too many Apps with data to do this. I have no choice but to complete a restore.
 

ukwildcat

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I'll be at work, so I'm restoring from iCloud. Did this with a replacement iPhone for my wife and it worked flawlessly.