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.
So far I've got about 4 gig of data on my iPad. The backup takes more than 2 hours to do. I hate doing it, because it takes too long. I understand, it takes that long to transfer 4 gigs to my hard drive.BUT-- Isn't it possible to do a Sync without doing a Backup?Do I have to do the backup every time?I've looked and looked. I see now way to avoid this.Maybe you've found the answer? Information:Windows, iPod, iPad Windows XP
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
I'm on my second unit now. I have about 15 gigs of data on mine. I started the backup last night at 9:30 PM, it's now 5:15 AM and the backup is less than 50% complete. I'll try it on a different machine tonight (this one is Vista Ultimate 64-bit), but I had the same problem with my original iPad on three different boxes (two PC, one Mac). I've got about 2.5 gigs of music, 9 gigs of comic books in ComicZeal, and 3 gigs in Apps (mostly PDFs for PDFReader HD).
I have had the iPad for a few months now. Today I read that ios 4.2 was out, so attempted to connect it to my Mac for the first time to carry out the upgrade (until now I've been content to download Apps through the Apps store and all has been fine)Anyway to cut a long story short after connecting to iTunes the Apps have transferred over to my library fine, but on attempting the upgrade it just sits at Backing up.... for hours with the status bar about 5% complete and never moving.any ideas welcome
I'm not sure if the sync is slow or if the backup is slow. Ipad says "Sync in Progress", but Itunes says "Backing up iPad.
Apps on the iPad include a free calculator, Amazon.com's Kindle for Iphone/iPad, Barnes and Noble ereader for Iphone, Ibooks ap, and the aps that came preloaded with the iPad.
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?
As a iPad owner, to understand the ins & outs of backup & sync, I created a diagram, using a fixed-width font, with Textedit.It can't be posted here of course, it gets messed up without a fixed-width font. Hopefully I've attached a screen-capture png of most of it. I'd be very glad to hear of any errors & omissions!
What's the difference between syncing and restore from backup? i upgraded to iOS5 but i want to restore all the apps(games) and their respective settings, but when i click on 'Restore from Backup' iTunes says that it will only restore "contacts, calendars and notes", it doesn't say anything about restoring apps and their settings. And when i click on 'Sync Apps' iTunes says that it will delete all apps and stuff from the iPad 2 and i don't know if syncing restores all the apps with their respective settings.
My question is should I sync it to my iPhone backup so it loads with all my iPhone stuff and then take of any stuff I don't want on it. Or from scratch and select stuff for it, by doing that it won't mess up my iPhone apps will it ? Will iTunes control two different selections of apps for the different devices. I have never had two devices on iTunes before.
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. I didn't realize that I had been using the sync cable that came with my 1st Gen iPhone. It's universal,right?Apparently, not. When I swapped out the old cable with the new one, it flew through the sync. How to tell the difference (at least on mine): The USB connector on the old one has sharp corners. The corners on the new one are rounded. That's the only difference I can see, but it made all the difference in the world.
I have left my ipad plugged into my macbook for over 8 hours and have never gotten beyond 1/3 done with a backup. I just deleted the Zinio app based on some other feedback I saw and am hoping that helps. The big issue is for the upgrade to take place - It seems to want to run a backup after downloading the software and prepping to install. It then disconnects and says the backup is not working really?? Unreal I hope deletion of the Zinio app helps speed it up....any other ideas would be greatly appreciated. Bout ready to turn this thing into a frisbee
I have tried all solutions recommended by my esteemed fellow Apple support forum members and have somewhat mitigated the length it takes to sync my iPad but why should I have to delete apps etc in order to successfully sync???Waiting and waiting is killing me (yeah I know...impatient) but this is crazy... One sync took over an hour to get just half way before I quit...
When I first connected my iPad, iTunes gave me the option of creating it as a new device or syncing the backup of my iPhones. I chose the latter.
During the syncing process it kept giving errors 0xE8000001 (some unknown error) and eventually said to disconnect the iPad then reconnect it. I did this and then it synced OK (although it did say that some apps weren't compatible with the iPad so wouldn't be installed). Everything seems to work OK so are these errors anything to worry about?
Information: MacBook Pro 15", 2.4GHz, 4GB, 160GB Mac OS X (10.6) black iPhone 3GS 32GB, 32GB iPad
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.
Information: Dell Windows XP Pro SP3 / McAfee AV / iTunes 9.2.1 / iPad 3.2.2
From reading the thread on slow backup and sync, many people seem to find that the culprit is the Zinio app - does anyone have the Zinio app loaded and active, with several magazines, and NOT have slow backup and sync?
I really enjoy this app and I'd be sorry to ditch it, but 30-60 minute backup and sync is ridiculous....
My Ipad takes at least 15 minutes to back up and sync everytime I plug it into the computer and I only have about 5 gigs on it. Is there a solution to this, 90% of the time is spent on back up, can I turn that off?
Have a new ipad (3rd gen). Loaded apps from a backup of my original ipad. So far everything is okay except the photos. After the sync, all the photos appear to be low resolution and/or grainy. I'm guessing this may be due to itunes or iphoto using lower resolution images when syncing to the ipad. Is there any way to change this to a higher resolution or full resolution setting?
I had to restore my iPad 2 from my previous backup today, and all went fine(albeit it took ages), but it didn't re-sync my apps. I had to go through the entire list, adding them, one by one, in case I missed one and I had to spend some time, reorganising the home screens.
I am not an iPad enthusiast, but I got one. I use my iPad1 to read documents that's it. If I need productivity I use my not "A" pc. I should have wait for the Android . . . anyway.But I have a question. I have purchased two apps but the iPad said use iTunes to sync them. The problem is that the original PC I registered my iPad it's gone so I had to install iTunes to a different laptop. When I try to connect iTunes said "your iPad will be formated" WTF!Is there a way to sync and backup of all the books and purchased apps without formatting my iPad therefore losing everything? Why Apple is so disgusting to create such rubbish program?
I had my ipad mini replaced today. I installed iOS 7.02 on the new ipad mini and I selected the latest local backup (from my old mini) from Restore Backup. It completes this process. it seems like some of my settings are on the ipad mini now and there's one non-stock app that is present on my dock but it's not fully downloaded. My ipad shows 12GB free. When I click on the ipad in iTunes it appears the usage bar is from my old backup showing only a few GBs free. When I click sync it goes through 6 steps. on the 6th step it starts to transfer files but almost immediately stops. I don't get any indication file transfer failed and there's no new files or apps on my mini.