Understanding 'Backing up iPod' on 2.0..

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by OUChevelleSS, Jul 18, 2008.

  1. OUChevelleSS macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2008
    After 2.0 there seems to be a lot of people that are having problems with the iPod taking a long time to sync because it is being 'backed up'.

    Can someone explain what exactly it is doing when backing up? I have read that it backs up your stuff to the iPod so it's easier to restore it...uhh, isn't everything already on the iPod in the first place?

    Otherwise, it seems to be backing up to my computer somewhere. The reason I say this is I watched finder during the backup (iTunes was the only process running), and I went from 11.98GB to 11.43GB on my hard drive (I have almost 13gigs of stuff on my 16GB iPod Touch). As you can see my HDD is getting close to that magic 10GB number, and I don't want unneeded backups hogging the space.

    So, any explanations or anything? Thanks.
  2. max1018 macrumors member


    Dec 28, 2007
    It's backing up your applications to the computer. Stuff that stores information, such as Super Monkey Ball, Voice Notes etc etc will get copied to the computer so that if the iPod konks out all that info will not be lost.
  3. jrnewhouse macrumors member


    Aug 4, 2007
    Basically, the iPod Touch is now acting like a PDA. The first time you sync your iPod after updating to 2.0, it does a complete backup of everything. After that, it should only make backups of changes you make, like installing or deleting music, videos, or apps, and any preferences or data that changed since the last sync. Obviously, the more changes you make, the longer the next sync will take. That's why the first backup takes a long time, and the subsequent backups usually take a shorter time. At least, that is the way mine has been working.
  4. brandonzar macrumors regular

    Mar 18, 2008
    I think there really is something wrong with the backup on the touch. I just got the iPhone and handed the touch down to my wife and it takes way longer to backup the touch and both of them have the same stuff on them. The last backup of the touch took nearly 30 min. while my iPhone takes <1. That was just the time for backup not the whole sync.
  5. dasikes macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2008
    Wow, that's weird. What kind of content do you have on the iPhone as opposed to the Touch?

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