iTunes backup problems [Reward for helping]

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  1. iLove

    iLove Active Member

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    Hey guys

    To show, i'm very serious about getting this fix, there is a $100 reward, for the person that posts a reply that leads me to a succesful recovery of my iPhone and files.

    Devices i'm using:
    iPhone 3G unlocked/jailbroken iOS4
    Windows 7 34bit

    Quick story:
    I've a corrupted itunes backup, i need to fix it or extract the files, read bellow for more details.

    IMPORTANT:
    Backup files are NOT IPSW.
    Backup files are NOT just one file. They are a group of files in a folder.
    Backup files are in the format of .mddata .mdinfo and binary plists.


    Image of a backup:

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    Full long story for those who can be bothered:
    Basically two days ago my iPhone dropped to "No Service" the whole, time and all my attempts to fix this failed. So i decieded to retore my iPhone, and while i was at it downgrade it to 3.1.2, because i hate iOS4

    So i downgraded my iPhone to 3.1.2, and everything was lovely. I then went to restore the lovely backup itunes had made for me, not but one hour before. It then popped up with a message saying the restore was for a iOS4, which infuriated me. So i clicked "Set up as a new phone", without thinking. I then upgraded back to iOS4, and guess what. iTunes deleted my backup!

    Thinking this was the end of time, because google told me that i couldn't ever find a backup. It then turns out using, some recovery software. I could indeed find a backup that has been deleted.

    I found the backup which roughly had 3602 files in it, and restore it to the folder, in which itunes had deleted it from. I then went into itunes, to restore the backup. And guess what, it was some how corrupted. Thank you windows.

    I then went back to trusty google, and could find only one program that could extract iPhone backups, it wasn't free. And didn't work to well, therefore provided me with no use.

    I stumbled across a command line based, decoder for backups, but this was encribly... lets say complicated to use. I got it working, but didn't actually help me for what i was looking for.

    After all this, i have a corrupt backup (i think) and an iPhone needing some much needed files. I'm pretty sure everyone with an Apple device, understand how important these backup files are, and the files they hold. Some of which, irreplaceable.

    List of questions:
    1. Any way to fix corrupt backups?
    2. Any way to extract backups (programs, software etc etc)
    3. Did i miss anything?

    Thank you very much for any help

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  2. iThemesAndMore

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    go to iTunes data file folder on ur computer, create a new folder named iTunes Library Backup Files, then copy the two iTunes library DAT files(the new one and the damaged one)into this folder, then go back out to the parent folder and delete the new (created) 'iTunes Library' file and rename the 'iTunes Library (Damaged)' file to 'iTunes Library'.


    let me know if this works. i had this problem b4 and this worked for me
  3. ajgardemal

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    What kind of files do you have?
  4. iLove

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    I understand what you're saying, but the backups are located in.
    C:\Users\[Username]\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup

    which then has folders which are normally named:
    8388e098abfee06db0abbc9e16ca13a7c7ff12f9

    With 3000+ files that are normally like this:
    8388e098abfee06db0abbc9e16ca13a7c7ff12f9.mddata
    or
    ff53778f419860a9c3aaf14c1aad2278ed55387d.mdinfo

    So it's hard to do what you've recommened.

    Check above

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  5. RandomEskimo

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    How up yo date is your iTunes? I found my old version (only before the last update) wouldn't use iOS4 backups even on iOS4. But when I updated iTunes I could use 4.0 backups except those from the old version. The old version would still work for 3.1.3 backups though so if you still have any of those maybe try one.
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  7. iLove

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    ITunes only keeps one backup? I dont know why. And yes, itunes is completely up to date.

    Did you mean to link me an audio extractor for music?
  8. iThemesAndMore

    iThemesAndMore New Member

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    try this with my idea:

    http://www.aoamedia.com/audioextractor.htm


    this is the audio extractor mw2stinks was trying to post


    P.S. Try to do a system restore to when the backup was last working. It might get the files back.
  9. iLove

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    I don't understand what use this program has.
    System restore is disabled on this PC
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