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    this was touched on in another current thread...

    i weekly back up, via itunes, my 'purchases' and general ipad back up.

    this general ipad backup - i know it saves app settings and so forth, but does it also save files, like excel and word files i use in my office apps? or just app info on its own?

    thanks
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    I changed my backup folder in the advanced section of preferences. On a regular basis, I backup that folder on an external hard drive. You never know when a crash might occur.
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    Backup

    No, not unless you tell it to! If I remember correctly you have Pages? As well as the Excel and PP Ipad equivilants.

    From within itunes (I'm using pages as an example here, but the format is pretty much the same for other apps that will transfer documents to and from Ipad and pc)

    1) Do your normal sync

    2) When finshed, leave the ipad connected to the PC or Mac, and put it in normal On mode

    3) Start Pages on your Ipad

    4) Select a document from the my documents area of pages

    5) Bottom of the screen, tap the right facing arrow icon (first one at the bottom of the screenI

    6) Choose "Send to Itunes)

    This will work in much the same way for the Pages Numbers family of apps

    Hope it helps:)
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    thanks Jeff.

    no, i dont use pages, i use office2hd. but i also use numerous art packages too, so if i cant find an auto backup like i'd hoped it'll be the long manual method.
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    In office HD, I have not bought it yet, so can't advise, but I've got a feeling it you will have to tell itunes, because itunes is inherently stupid :)

    I have 7 apps that require syncing and not one of them will do so without being told, Amplitube, Pages, Numbers etc. You have to tell it...If you find a way around this please share!:D
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    iPad: About backups

    Expand the about section, and there is another section to expand that has a fairly comprehensive list of what is backed up.

    Hold in mind that iTunes only keeps one backup of each device, and it gets overwritten every time you sync. It is a good idea to make sure your normal cumputer backups include this file. You do back up your computer, yes?

    Tha backup file locations are also listed in the support document.
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    Rumour Is True Then?


    You DID write Itunes? :) I still have to manually sync stuff from most apps though, but I prefer that to overwriting a document or file I have forgotten to rename.
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    heh, no. :eek:

    This kind of detail I didn't learn until I came here; either someone else posted it first, or I stumbled on it trying to help someone solve a problem.

    I've never had enough problems with iTunes to make me dig this deep.


    As for backing up or manually syncing your app files, that's a really good idea. The iTunes restore is an all or nothing deal; a bit extreme to recover one or two lost files.

    Addendum: Though I did see an article the other day that described a program that would recover your saved pictures from a backup file. I'm pretty sure I bookmarked it. I hope I did.
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    Thanks chaps. Ideas to try this weekend :)
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    thanks guys.

    no, looks like i need to individually back up my own data. cant find any other way :(
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    Yep, I can't either, it's something you just get used to....wouldn't have been so bad this morning apart from 4 big app updates as well, and it's raining in Llandaff....:)

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    the sun's actually out here in Penarth :p
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    I regularly back up my itunes library to an external hard drive in case my computer crashes but I would also like to back up my back up! If I go into itunes, I see the date of the latest back up but when I look in computer for back up files under Appdata etc, I see older dates for back up...not the latest back up. Any advice on why this is so that I can save those files to external drive too, please? How can I change the location of back ups on my computer? I cannot see how under Preferences, Advanced in itunes, where it seems I can only change where the itunes library is saved. Advice would be much appreciated.
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    Sorry, what am I missing here? When I backup my iPad with iTunes as normal, then completely restore fresh IOS my iPad, and restore my backup, I get EVERYTHING back. Apps, settings, AND documents. Everything. The iPad is no different from when I started.
    Have I misunderstood what you were asking about?
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    I think the confusion has arisen from the fact that we were originally talking about copying files from ipad apps such as Pages, Office Hd etc. To do it you have to open the app on the iPad, and then send the files from the app to iTunes. We were trying to find a way of doing this without having to open the app in question, but came to the conclusion that manually was the only way.

    I use Amplitube, Pages, GoodReader and a few others, but have always selected the files and then sent them to iTunes. So I guess it was more of a transfer issue rather than backup!

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    I am looking at files on my computer in Appdata/Roaming/AppleComputer/MobileSync/Backup. The dates there are older than my more recent backups. Would I need these same files if my computer were to crash and I got a new one, or can you backup from the Itunes library if you have backed that up on an external hard drive and install it on a new computer?

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