I'm a seasoned computer user who regularly restores his machine to factory default settings. Yes, I realize that this might not be necessary if I use xsysinfo (great program), but I'm still seriously considering a factory reset after one year of intensive iPad use.
I would be grateful if others could share their answers to the following questions:
1. When you did a Factory Reset, did you realize that you'd forgotten to back up some crucial data? If so, what had you forgotten to back up?
2. When iTunes backs up an iPad on a local computer, does it store all of the data files in their original formats? For example, imagine that I have a few PDFs in Good Reader folders, a few DRM-free MP3 songs, and some public domain epubs from Project Gutenberg. Would it be possible to track these files down by mining the folders of my backup?
3. When you did a Factory Rest, was your iPad noticeably faster and/or less crash prone? Was it worth the hassle?