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I need to rebuild my PC, but very concerned about losing the system backups of both my iPhone and iPad (and probably music as well for that matter).

I have an external hard drive on which to transfer files but don't know where to look, can anybody offer advice?

Much appreciated
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Question by:Runrigger
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DareDevilE12 earned 700 total points
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Take a look here :) maybe help you

http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1751


Regards
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by:EVeuger
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Just copy the folder iTunes to the external harddrive.
After rebuilding your PC do a new install of iTunes, copy the iTunes folder back to the PC and start iTunes holding the SHIFT button, it then lets you choose a library, choose the old library and you are back in business!
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by:Runrigger
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I assume the iTunes folder that I am copying is not the programme folder in the C drive?

I have a dedicated iTunes media library on a partitioned drive already, but I can't tell if it holds the backups of my iPhone/iPad

Do you know where they are saved?
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by:EVeuger
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Correct, I Mean the iTunes folder that holds the library (by default under My Documents/My Music).
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by:EVeuger
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The backup is located under c:\documents abd settings\user name\application data\Apple computer\mobilesync\Backup

Cheers!
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by:Jackie Man
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For Vista and Windows 7, the location of the backup for iPad and iPhone shall be:-

C:\Users\[your name]\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup
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by:alpinecs
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In iTunes itself when right clicking on the iPhone or iPad in the left column.  You will see a selection of choices.  You can import from those two into your newly restored PC also.
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by:Alvin Petitt
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In your original post, you said that you were "...very concerned about losing the system backups of both my iPhone and iPad". Depending on what version of iOS you are using on them, you could have the backups stored on iCloud. Then, if necessary, you could restore your iPhone and iPad from iCloud.
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by:Runrigger
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Thank you all for your input, all comments have been helpful. I have taken a backup of the phone/ipad backups and whilst I am hopeful of not actually needing them, I will simply plug them both in after the rebuild and that should create a new back up on the PC.
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