Back up iPad & iPhone

Discussion in 'iPad' started by rickyc, May 22, 2012.

  1. rickyc

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    How do you back up Ipad and iPhone to an external hard drive without buying Timecapsule or using cloud?
     
  2. snowtrooper1966

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    A sync in iTunes is a backup.....
    The nice thing about iCloud is that it's like "virtual" hard drive.
    Why would you not want to use that?
     
  3. rickyc

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    Thanks for the reply. 2 reasons - I haven't figured the cloud out entirely - some of my mail goes there, some doesn't. My documents don't. I have an IMac, my wife has an Ipad and iPhone. We want to keep our address book, mail, etc. separate. I figured an external drive could do that and I could use Timemachine for my IMac.

    Also, when I did send some mail to cloud it disappeared from my Imac Mail. I thought it was supposed to sync so if I added or deleted on the IMac it would mirror on the cloud. Pretty confusing. I called Applecare but they weren't a lot of help and neither are the guides.
     
  4. snowtrooper1966

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    I really just use iCloud for device backups.
    Master mail backup is my hotmail account and contacts are sync'd via an app as a redundant fail safe.

    Are all three devices on the same iTunes account? That could be why the cloud is having difficulty with some of the nuaunces of data management.
    I would surmise that if not, backing up all to a time capsule should not cause any issues.
     

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