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January 25, 2011 5:13 PM Subscribe
How can I get iTunes to let me select an older backup to restore?
posted by ottereroticist to computers & internet (2 answers total)
I recently upgraded my 3G from iOS 3.2 to 4.2.1. I backed it up before I started, and then the upgrade software backed the phone up again.
However, once the upgrade was complete, the data on my phone was rolled back to July '10. In other words, iTunes restored an older backup -- and in the process lost all of my photos, contacts, chats, etc. from the past six months. GRR.
When I look in ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup, I can see several backups from the date in question. But the very earliest one (which iPhone Backup Extractor shows as being the one I want) does not appear in the Restore Selected Backup list.
So my question is: How can I get that earliest backup to appear in the Restore Selected Backups list?
And for bonus points, why did iTunes do what it did? And is there something I should do differently to keep from running into this kind of crap with future backups?