What is the best way to backup an iPad 2?


Night Spring

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Do you have a computer with iTunes? Or an iCloud account? And what exactly do you want to backup? Is it that you want to backup for safekeeping, or you want to create a backup then restore that to a new device? Oh, and what iOS version is on the iPad?
 

hajime

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Do you have a computer with iTunes? Or an iCloud account? And what exactly do you want to backup? Is it that you want to backup for safekeeping, or you want to create a backup then restore that to a new device? Oh, and what iOS version is on the iPad?
I have a Mac with iTunes. I probably can install iTunes on the PC. Does it matter Windows of Mac OS?

I don't have an iCloud account but it seems that I can get 5GB for free.

I want to take my iPad 2 to Apple for testing. The staff asked me to backup first as the data might be lost during the test.

Version: 7.1.2 (11D257)
 

Jessica Lares

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Back it up to the computer. I don't use the iCloud backup myself, I think there's a use for it, but waiting for a backup to re-download is not something I'd like to be doing when it only takes two minutes to reflash back onto the device otherwise.
 

hajime

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There are some problems with the iPad 2. Cannot connect to iTunes Store nor FaceTime.
 

Night Spring

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I have a Mac with iTunes. I probably can install iTunes on the PC. Does it matter Windows of Mac OS?

I don't have an iCloud account but it seems that I can get 5GB for free.

I want to take my iPad 2 to Apple for testing. The staff asked me to backup first as the data might be lost during the test.

Version: 7.1.2 (11D257)
Ok, I'd just use the Mac, then, as it already has iTunes. Make sure you have the latest iTunes version. Then hook up your iPad to your Mac, and do a backup AND transfer purchases.

For this purpose, I wouldn't bother with iCloud, because as another poster mentioned, it takes a long time to restore from iCloud. However, it's a good idea to get an iCloud account and have your iPad back up to it automatically, so that if your iPad fails unexpectedly, or you lose it / it gets stolen, you have a recent backup. But you can take care of that after you visit the Apple store and get your iPad looked at.
 

deany

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Look I'm no expert in this but history says that if you have an ipad you may well have or buy in the future an-
iphone
macbook pro etc

therefore its easier to backup over the air to icloud because its automatic and keeps everything in sync.
icloud doesn't only backup it syncs your i devices.

You may forget to backup daily to a mac or pc, plus its more of a pain.

My advise would be-

backup to icloud over the air (automatically) but check it is 'date stamped'

backup to itunes encrypted (it saves more of your data) at least every week (set a reminder)

Archive backup as often as poss depending on pc/mac space

Keep copies of backups off site at a different location on a USB drive (pref USB 3)

Always backup to itunes encrypted & archive before doing a major ios upgrade or on starting a beta program.

so backup:

1/ over the air icloud (check date stamp)
2/ itunes encrypted
3/ itunes encrypted (archive)
4/ copy of itunes encrypted (archive) 'off site' with all your other precious data, on a USB drive.
5/ itunes encrypted (archive) before major ios updates, or if you install beta software.

same as above for iphone etc

hope this helps

cheers