Comments on 2011-11-06 iTunes iPad Backup

I love Apple - until it doesn’t work...

Jovial Priest 2011-11-06 20:33 UTC

My thoughts exactly! sigh I switched to Apple after having used various GNU/Linux distributions for years. I spent a lot of time tinkering with the system. Apple appeared to offer a fix to this problem, and it just works—most of the time. When it doesn’t work, though...

AlexSchroeder 2011-11-06 23:04 UTC

Sorry to hear you’re in iPad hell. I just brought on line a 2 TB external (2 TB ... and I recall the days of tape) for my media. In my case, it was the prior drive going down, taking all the music with it (and nearly the MacBook, whose hd was also entirely full). Managed to recover an old episode of the podcast, plus (thanks to iCloud, I’ll admit) a ton of music.

Brian Isikoff 2011-11-07 15:28 UTC

Episode 60 was good! The amount of work producing a sound track for every player is staggering, however. Wow!!

AlexSchroeder 2011-11-12 09:16 UTC

Well, many years later, I got the same error message. I followed these instructions from the Internet and it worked:

mv ~/Library/Application\ Support/MobileSync/Backup ~/Library/Application\ Support/MobileSync/old_backup
ln -s /Volumes/Data/MobileSync/Backup ~/Library/Application\ Support/MobileSync/

I already had a /Volumes/Data/MobileSync/Backup so this setup must have worked previously. I’m not sure when the Symlink got replaced with a real directory. My guess is that at one point I must have started a backup without my Data Volume being mounted. My guess is that iTunes decided to delete the dangling symlink and start again, silently duplicating all the data on my primary disk.

I guess I should do this for Claudia’s account as well.

– Alex 2017-11-06 22:03 UTC

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