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Total iPhone Backup - for what?
Authored by: makip on Feb 22, '11 05:32:55PM

It's arrogant to think that others might not have a use for this information, I can think of a half dozen reasons, none of which I might personally have a use for, to want to perform a manual full backup of an iPhone's file system.

Probably the most obvious one is perhaps the user doesn't want only an iTunes backup image file for restoring via iTunes; maybe they want a record of all app data period. For instance maybe the user has some data in an app that wont be restored as the app doesnt provide for it as they've switched phones. The app is not "buggy" it just doesn't offer the functionality to restore data from an online source like other apps. Or perhaps someone has an old text message or photo they desperately need to extract. You can maintain a history of and get to these databases and files easier with an rsync dump like this. I have personally restored ebooks libraries to eReader on to a new additional phone in exactly this way. This allowed me to keep the accompanying notes and bookmarks for each book, as the app doesnt provide for this. I no longer bother to jail break my phone but I think others who do and are technically minded might find this rather useful information.

It's best if people avoid expressing negative and superior attitudes and allow hints that might seem basic and useless to pass by without useless criticism.
I held my tongue on the recent "Using the Purchases Tab in Mac App Store" which I thought was rather obvious… I guess others did not.

The least useful thing on this page is not he hint, it's actually your comment. So you didn't find the hint useful... move along.

Edited on Feb 22, '11 05:35:14PM by makip

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Total iPhone Backup - for what?
Authored by: philostein on Feb 23, '11 03:43:06AM


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