Why do backups in iTunes take forever?

wildonrio

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I remember it used to take but a few minutes. Now I have to wait hours sometimes. I don't understand, isn't it just backing up basically just my settings and contacts? Why would this take so long?

EDIT: Sorry guys, I should have searched around first. Found an answer here, I'll return and report its success
 
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i was just about to link you to this on another forum. A friend sent it to me...

It did work for me for sure though!
good luck
Mark
 

acosmichippo

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i still don't understand the need for backups... everything important (to me, at least) can just be resynced...
 
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i noticed when i add a few new apps it does seem to take a lot longer to backup, also if i receive a phone call while syncing it seems to lenghten the time of a backup, but if little or no changes are made the backups are about 2 minutes.
 

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i still don't understand the need for backups... everything important (to me, at least) can just be resynced...
I think it has do with the actual phone becoming corrupted, something that can't be fixed with a resync. But otherwise, yes, a simple re-sync would fix mostly everything.
 

acosmichippo

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no, i mean resyncing after a full restore.
 

wildonrio

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Ok update here, the suggestions from that link didn't work. I turned off the "Send info to Apple thing" and nothing has changed. A restore takes me over 6 hours!

The backup takes 2 hours
Restoring the backup takes another 2 hours
Syncing all my music and videos back on takes another 2 hours

I hate this. My work day ends in 10 minutes but now I have to stay late at work waiting for this stupid restore.
 
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So have you deleted your old backup file?... sounds like it is corrupt.
 

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Also try "File -> Transfer iPhone purchases to computer".
 

dturner

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Ok update here, the suggestions from that link didn't work. I turned off the "Send info to Apple thing" and nothing has changed. A restore takes me over 6 hours!

The backup takes 2 hours
Restoring the backup takes another 2 hours
Syncing all my music and videos back on takes another 2 hours

I hate this. My work day ends in 10 minutes but now I have to stay late at work waiting for this stupid restore.
That is absolutely not right. I don't have the 3G but do have the 2.0.1 update with about 25 apps and can sync in about 2-3 minutes.
I wonder if the videos are the problem since they are so large.
 
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That is absolutely not right. I don't have the 3G but do have the 2.0.1 update with about 25 apps and can sync in about 2-3 minutes.
I wonder if the videos are the problem since they are so large.
I really doubt that's the culprit dturner. I, too, have movies, tv series and a few music videos. I timed my backup last night with the stopwatch on my v1 phone and it took 2 min. 13 sec.

Look at this thread:HERE
 
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dturner

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I really doubt that's the culprit dturner. I, too, have movies, tv series and a few music videos. I timed my backup last night with the stopwatch on my v1 phone and it took 2 min. 13 sec.

Look at this thread: here.
OK. Just a wild stab at the problem. The link didn't work, but I know which one you are talking about.
I don't know a solution, but I would be tempted to restore as a new phone it I couldn't get it resolved.
 
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I corrected the link... Anyway, it's a combination of having a corrupt backup file and choosing to allow diagnostic information to be sent to Apple when you first set up the 3g. IMO a restore really isn't necessary. You've got to get rid of the corrupt backup file and reset the warnings choosing not to send diagnostic info to Apple. And never click the X after that which is what is apparently causing a lot of the corrupt file problems.
 
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So have you deleted your old backup file?... sounds like it is corrupt.
How do we delete an old backup file. I too am suffering from the endless backup. I already disabled the send data to Apple and I'm still having issues.