The Apple iPhone is the most successful smartphone at the moment and it doesn't look like that is going to change anytime soon. The iPhone has only been out for four years and it has already changed the mobile computing landscape for the better.
The problem with iTunes transparently backing up for the user is that the user never comes to know where the actual backup is stored, and how to recover data from the backup in case the phone crashes.
Well, to answer the first question, if you're using a Mac, iTunes stores the backups in the following directory under the user's home.
~Library/Application Support/Mobile Sync/Backup
Or click iTunes Preferences -> Devices, it will list all iOS device backups;
If the user is using a windows based computer, the backups are stored in the following folder under the user's home folder: \Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\
So, if you ever need to take a look at the backup files yourself, depending on your operating system, browse to one of the above folders and copy that data out to someplace safer and easier to remember.
iPhone backup is corrupt: Common iTunes error
No one can deny that iTunes has revolutionized the way people download and listen to music. This amazing app that came out a few years ago has been among the leading tools to download music and play in your computer, iPod, iPad and smartphones. However, like any other application, iTunes has a few problems of its own. You may experience these problems on a daily basis such as when you are trying to view iTunes backup. Nevertheless, if you learn how to access iTunes backup files properly, you will avoid some of the errors. Here are the top 4 errors you might experience:
1. iTunes Error 3002 - This is the most common error people experience while dealing with iTunes. This error normally appears when you are attempting to update with a local TinyUmbrella tool or TSS server. It may also appear when you try to connect to a Cydia server. Some have experienced it when updating their device to older firmware that is not working. The solution to this error is simply not to doing things that cause it to happen.
2. iTunes Error 1618 - When this error occurs, the message displayed is that another installation is already in progress, and that you must complete that installation before you begin the one you want to do. You will experience this problem when you are attempting to download software while you are in the middle another download. To solve this problem, you should uninstall your iTunes, reboot your device then install afresh the iTunes application.
3.iTunes Error 14 - The third most common error you will come across when dealing with iTunes is iTunes Error 14. This error will occur simply when your custom firmware update fails. When this happens, you will need to restore your device using a custom firmware. However, some may experience this error because of USB related problems. Thus, it is wise also to check your USB connection and may be try direct ports.
4.iTunes Error 1013 - You will experience this problem when your baseband updates fail. You can solve this problem in several ways depending on how it comes up. You can delete the gs.apple.com entry from the hosts file and allow the baseband upgrade. You can also jailbreak the device to boot it up at this point. If you experience this error in another iDevice, you can simply restart your computer and install the system again when the device is in restoring mode.
Can I repair an iPad/iPhone corrupt backup file?
In most instances, it’s almost impossible to repair corrupt backups, and certainly not without a full understanding of what is missing and how to fix it. The next best option is the recovery of data and files that still exist, by simply using the free version of the Data Recovery for iPhone that can show you what data is in a backup.
Corrupt iTunes backups can be affected in different grades depending on what has happened. For example, an iOS upgrade or a power failure can determine different levels of data corruption. If the backup process is not complete the result will be an unusable iTunes backup file. Depending on how far iTunes was in completing its task, the data can be recovered or not.
• If you don’t have experience with the iTunes backups, it’s very difficult to determine whether a backup has all the data and files.
• If you are in this situation, we recommend you to contact our expert team, they are ready to help and explain exactly what is possible.
Do you need to get back iPhone data?
Data such as contacts, calendars, SMS messages, location, notes is stored in sqlite databases named as specific iTunes hash files within the backup folder. Our application can convert these databases to user-friendly CSV, Vcard or HTML format for your convenience. Here are the steps to follow if your backup is corrupt and you need the data inside:
Step 1: Download Data Recovery for iPhone demo version.
Step 2: Run Data Recovery for iPhone and choose "Recover from iTunes device". All normal iTunes backup will be listed here, you need click "Select" button to load the corrupted backup folder to scan.
Step 3: After the scanning has completed, all the backup result will be displyed on the view. Just select them to save on the computer.