Difference Between Backup Sync And Transfer?

Nov 26, 2010

I've read the iPad book and a few Apple tech notes on this but am still not 100% clear on the differences. It seems we can sync, backup and transfer our iPad data to our computers.Frankly, I don't understand why there isn't just one process that "backs up" your iPad to your computer so there is a mirror copy of data in case you need to restore your iPad, existing or new one if lost.Can some one summarize the difference between the 3 and a strategy to have ALL your iPad info on your computer? I use MobileMe BTW so my contacts and calendar are always synced using Push.


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Jun 5, 2010

Hi, ok maybe a stupid question, but here goes. I never use my computer anymore. I do fine with my iPad and my iTouch. Not only that but I don't even want to use my computer! It's slow, etc. Anyway I bought a subscription to Mobile Me thinking I could use that as a backup alternate to syncing on my computer but now I find that Mobile Me doesn' really act like a backup, won't store some things like Pages documents unless I email them to myself, etc.

So my question is , what alternative, if any, is there to my old, clunky computer with iTunes on it can I use as a type of cloud or other backup location for my iPad, or any hardware available? I hate using my computer anymore. Thanks

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Apr 15, 2010

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SYNC appeared to take only a few seconds, but BACKUP has been going for three hours, and the backup status bar at the top of iTunes is creeping along. Right now it indicates the backup is about 1/3 complete.

Should sync/backup take this long for the iPad? If not, what can be done to correct it?

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I've seen a number of posts here about extremely slow backup/sync speeds and may have stumbled across the answer in one of them. I'm posting this in hopes of saving people with similar issues time when searching (and because I can't bring myself to post a "this worked for me" response to all of the threads I found on the issue).My iPad seemed to be taking forever to backup and sync. It would eventually finish, but it was a go make myself a pot of coffee while it updates the 2 podcasts that are new kind of thing. Really irritating.
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Nov 22, 2010

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Aug 17, 2010

I've been researching this problem ALL of Saturday, without any joy.

On Thursday, I purchased a brand-new iPad. After one day of adding apps, it suddenly stopped backing up. It had been slow, but that was to be expected with new data being added. I tracked down an issue with RSS feeds/Newspaper apps, which seemed to add HOURS to the backup. Delete these (NYT, BBC News, HuffPo) if possible.

The research said that the problems were many:

Use of older USB cable when syncing

SOLUTION: Use the one which came with the iPad

Two problematic .dlls stored (or not) in System 32 folder (XP Pro)

SOLUTION: Locate and replace these .dlls

Bad USB ports

SOLUTION: Switch cable around

Anti-Virus prog conflict

SOLUTION: Disable AV for a moment whilst backing up

(I even downloaded and installed "Backoff", a programme which allows you to choose whether you backup or not. Obviously, I also ticked the X on iTunes to stop it from syncing, but this defeats the problem -- eventually, I will have to backup my data)

I have tried <<all>> of these solutions without being able to backup my brand-new iPad. So what did I do: I got a replacement at the Apple Store where I had bought it just two days ago.

I came home, synced and backed up without problem, BUT when I went to add my <<first>> app the backup stalled all over again.

To test to see if it was my computer or not, I un/re-installed iTunes and Quicktime from scratch. Then I synced my Touch WITHOUT ANY PROBLEM in backing up.

I do not know what is happening. I am not a n00b. I know my way around a computer. I am at a complete loss to know how this is happening with an Apple product, which right now, is as worthless as a Windoze computer.

And if you're reading this, Apple, shame on you.

Your customers are having problems and your form replies and lack of iTunes support are a scandal.

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Jul 4, 2010

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Jul 10, 2010

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May 30, 2010

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May 31, 2011

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Having just fallen off my chair seeing the dramatic increase in internet data usage on my ISP account, and realizing that many of these purchased games are 1-2 GB each, it's clear I need to introduce some further means of control. Enabling restrictions on installing and deleting apps is one....much as they won't like it.

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So sometime Friday evening, my iPad 4 started rebooting every three minutes (+- 10 seconds). I saw some people online had success deleting apps til they found the one causing the problem, so I started there.I backed up before I'd deleted too many, so that I wouldn't lose all my data.Unfortunately, I got down to deleting all my apps and it was still rebooting every three minutes. So now I'm trying to restore it (although my first restore attempt got an error -1, so we'll see if that even works).

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1.How do I get rid of the contacts that are on my iPad 2?

2. In the future when I sync, how do I keep my contacts from coming over? 

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