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About to format my PC, how to backup / move iTunes ?

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Hi All,

I'm synchronizing all of my iOS device with my current WIndows 7 computer.

Since I'm about to format it and install everything from scratch, what sort of backup that I need to do to make sure that I can resynch all of my iPhone and iPad without losing all of the data in those devices ?

Thanks,
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by:Sikhumbuzo Ntsada
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In Windows 7/8 you will navigate to the following path:

C:\Users\santasi\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup

This is where your backup is kept.

You can also backup your library.

C:\Users\santasi\Music\iTunes

If you backed up in iCloud also - you are covered.
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thanks for the reply, I do not have the backup with iCloud.

So after I reformat my PC and then rename it, how can I make sure that my iOS device can synch back without having any issue or data lost ?
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by:Tony Barkdull
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iTunes itself has a Backup too integrated with it. You export your contents to flash drive, dvd, etc. and after PC format, Install iTunes and the do the import.
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Where can I do that in iTunes v11 ?
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Hi ITSystemEngineer

I have been away from Computer access, basically you will copy the folder back where it was.

"C:\Users\santasi\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\67530a3e9f7485979a55d3a4edca76adcbbd8801"

It will look like the line above.

Then connect your device Authorise it and go to restore, the backup files will be recognised automatically.
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The quickest way for me to back up user account data on Windows is to create another Admin account and use an external disk.

Create the Admin account and add it to the Administrators group.
Log into that admin acount.
plug in your external disk
Run robocopy to copy your normal user account files.

robocopy.exe C:\Users\ACCOUNT_NAME  E:\ACCOUNT_NAME /MIR

After you reinstall, create the new account, then create the admin account, log into the admin account and copy it back the other way

robocopy.exe E:\ACCOUNT_NAME C:\Users\ACCOUNT_NAME /MIR

Before you log back in, select the ACCOUNT_NAME Folder and set the owner to ACCOUNT_NAME and give it full access.  Make sure you select the checkbox to apply it to all subfolders.  If you have everything installed back to the same level, all your user account settings will be recovered.
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cool. thanks man !
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