Use iPhone for temporary data backup until OSX reinstall

emoji man

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Any free software that allows me to use the iPhone7 hdd to backup some data until i reinstall the OSX? I've searched on google but i didn't find any free software. I need this only to use it one time so i don't want to buy something.
 

keysofanxiety

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Nah not really. I'd suggest backing up data to a cloud service such as Dropbox, OneDrive, or iCloud Drive. Alternatively you can carry out a Time Machine backup if you have an external hard-drive.
 

emoji man

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I don't want to do automatically backup. I will select some of my data and backup manually, like videos, music, some documents
 

keysofanxiety

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Does Dropbox give 100GB of free space?! No, that's why i want to use the phone
Well you can't use the phone. So it's either a case of local backups or cloud storage.

If you've got 100GB of stuff, it'd take ages to backup to the cloud anyway. Get an external drive, drag-and-drop.
 
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eyoungren

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Apple does not allow the use of the iPhone file system stock. You'd need access to that do what you want.

If you jailbreak, there's a way to do it, but most of the tweaks for that broke with the iOS 9 update and they haven't been updated. There may be some out there that I am unaware of but with the semi-untethered nature of the latest jailbreaks I don't have much hope that they would work.

Oh, and you'd need to be on a jailbreakable firmware anyway.

There are PC/Mac apps out there (such as Phoneview for the Mac) that give limited access but any transferring would have to be done through that app.

None of those apps are free.
 

emoji man

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I think I found a solution, I found an app which I will need to install on my phone and i can transfer data there with iTunes. What i want to know is after i will reinstall the OSX will iTunes give me access to my phone if has never synced with that computer? Because in the past i remember first asked to sync with that computer
 

C DM

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I think I found a solution, I found an app which I will need to install on my phone and i can transfer data there with iTunes. What i want to know is after i will reinstall the OSX will iTunes give me access to my phone if has never synced with that computer? Because in the past i remember first asked to sync with that computer
What's the app, out of curiosity?
 

jeepw5

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You probably don't have anywhere near 100gb free on your phone. Transfers are difficult and slow. Buy a 128gb Flash Drive -- Microcenter has one for only $29.99 -- and it's USB-3 to boot -- REALLY FAST
 
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cynics

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What version of iOS are you on? This is easily possible with a jailbreak.
[doublepost=1489837436][/doublepost]Or you can get 200gb of iCloud storage for 2.99. Use it and cancel it after the first month.

I would do this regardless incase backing it up to your iPhone fails. Back up for the back up if you will.

Small price to pay for what you are trying to accomplish IMO. And iCloud typically maxes out my ISPs bandwidth. Not going to be the fastest thing but should be very easy when using MacOS.
 

emoji man

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Just tried FileManager iOS app. I've uploaded 50GB in 3 zip archived files without any problems with iTunes directly in the app. Takes a bit longer I think 1min/GB but gets the job done
 
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