Syncing issues with severwl iPads sharing itunes library

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  1. SkyStudio

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    We have just about every apple product in our studios, I have been syncing 4 devices since the iPad 2 came, 2 iPads and 2 iPhones and everything basically went smooth, just a few folders where not synced properly at first between the iPad 1 & 2., today I noticed iTunes only saves my last synced time, everything else I previously synced is gone, I even had the box checked to prevent the iPad from automatically syncing yet it syncs whatever I connect regardless and replaces my last synced backup with the one I would connect, not cool, anyone know what I can do to fix this,

    P.S.nmy iPads are not jail broken

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    iTunes only keeps one backup per device. When you have a device connected it will only show you the last backup for that device. The only time you see more than one backup is when you initialize a device for the first time, or restore it. Then you will see all the backups, one for each device you sync.

    The only way to have multiple backups of a device is to backup the backup files.
     
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    Well, you could copy the files to new location, puttong them back when you need them, or maybe just renaming them would keep iTunes from overwriting them. Got to the following link and expand the About Syncing and Backups section to see where the files are stored.

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4079
     
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    Thanks, in do have to look into jail breaking because it seems so complicated to work around this, I asked on another forum and to my surprise people where or are not aware that while to can shut automatic sync off iTunes still makes new back up if you happened to of purchased a new app, once you start syncing an app it over writes the back up.

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    Yeah, there is not way (that I know of) to stop iTunes from backing up when you sync.

    BTW, I forgot to mention that you can see all your device backups by going to iTunes Preferences and choosing the Devices tab. The only management feature is to delete unwanted ones, but at least you can see them all.
     
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    I found out why my iPad back ups changed, I re initialized the older iPad with out realizing I had not put back the name, now I change the names of the iPads and see both back ups, weird but it works, thanks for all the help, I'm still learning..

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