USB Cable

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    I am ready to backup my iPad 2 to my PC. I need to buy the correct USB cord. What specific type do I want? I have male-to-male for my PC but I assume I need an Apple to Windows type.
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    The cable you use for charging is ideal. Just plug it into a USB2.0 and you'll be good to go.

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    Hmmm... "looking at the charging cable"... I see the end that goes into this iPad, the other fits into a USB port on my PC... Thank you!

    Do you recommend any program to make this easier, and/or to back it ALL up despite Apple restrictions? ""(yes, I've been reading!')
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    Hi Pinkipad2 - I have the iPad2; the charging cable end removed from the charging block will fit into the USB port of your computer - I'm assuming that you have iTunes on your computer - correct? If not, that is the program used to 'back up' your iPad to a computer w/ a cabled connection. Of course, this can now be done w/ a 'wireless' choice or even in the cloud - please explain your reservations and post back if you still have other questions. :)
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    Duh, I feel dumb.. I put iTumes on my laptop yesterday just for this.

    Clouds seem vulnerable. I can protect my laptop but not a clue how to protect this iPad or someone's cloud.
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    Hi again Pinkipad2 - well w/ iTunes on your laptop, you can cable the iPad as already discussed and then perform sync/backup of the device - there is plenty of information on the web, e.g. CHECK HERE for a PC Mag article which is short & concise; there is also an explanation using Wi-Fi for a wireless backup if that may interest you. Of course, the cloud is still an option but you seem reluctant to use that choice; BTW, I'm still doing a cabled backup to iTunes. Good luck and please post back if questions persist! :)
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    Tonight I can't try a backup to PC but I will investigate iCloud backup -- thank you for that link. It left me thinking! I think I will use both methods. I will just have to transfer the backup file from PC to external hard drive. I'm still a little concerned about emails I have saved from all accounts. I save emails from AOL, gMail and mail.com. My emails on my server accounts are safe. Can iTunes be, uhhmm, programmed to backup certain files/folders?

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