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Archive iOS device backups
Authored by: Strod on Jun 05, '13 06:41:30PM

Nice hint. But if disaster strikes and you no longer have on your Mac the old backup of your iOS device that saves your bacon, don't forget that the backups are... ahem... backed-up in Time Machine.

The iOS device backups are stored in: ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/

The name of each iOS device backup is in hexadecimal gibberish so it may be hard to identify the one you want if there are several of them in a particular TM backup. In that case you will need to apply some trickery to get iTunes to look at the Time Machine version of the Backup folder (or, preferably, a copy of said folder, as you should avoid messing up with TM's backups). In iTunes you can then identify the one backup you want.

It may take some work, but I did say "if disaster strikes"!

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Archive iOS device backups
Authored by: marrie125 on Jun 09, '13 09:17:17AM

That's all well and good, how ever what if you are out on the road and disaster strikes and you are not able to carry your time machine back up?

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Archive iOS device backups
Authored by: Strod on Jun 10, '13 08:55:53AM
Ah, you are presenting a situation where:
  • Your iOS device croaked, or got corrupted, or something vital got deleted from it (probably you deleted it by accident).
  • In the laptop you are carrying, all the backups for that iOS device are either non-existent, or are from a time after the needed info got deleted/corrupted.
  • You are on the road, away from all your Time Machine backups.
  • You can't VPN to access your Time Machine backups (as is the case for most of us).
  • You really can't wait until you get back "home" where your Time Machine backups are to retrieve a "good" iOS backup.
In that case, my friend, your bacon is getting fried. But come on, the stars really aligned against you today!

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