iamdamien

Anybody know where the iPhone backup files are kept on Windows 7?

Been trying to find the backups of my iPhone 4 for ages. All online findings don't help. They seem to point to a folder that I don't have.
For example:

On Windows XP:
C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup

On Windows Vista:
C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\AppleComputer\MobileSync\Backup

I can't seem to find a solution to my Windows 7 problem.

Thanks in advance.

Most Useful Answer Bubba Shaboo  Mar. 10, 2011 at 22:14

As JanSt says you have to enable 'Show hidden files, folders and drives' first. Open a folder and select 'Organize' from the Toolbar and then select 'Folder and search options' from the drop-down. Then click on the 'View' tab and select 'Show hidden files, folders and drives'.

Now try to navigate the folder path C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\AppleComputer\MobileSync\Backup
if C: is where your Windows 7 is installed and see how far you get. Works fine for me on Windows7.

Bubba

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JanSt / MOD  Mar. 10, 2011 at 18:38

Instead of AppData try the programs data? Have you used search? (1st tick "show hidden files/ folders" in folder options.

Hm...if all that fails get eusings Easy Duplicate Finder (or Auslogics Duplicate Finder) - a duplicate finder will search your drives for, well, duplicates of files. You should be able to pinpoint the location that way. Snapfiles.com is a good place to find a freeware duplicate finder for win7 ;)

iamdamien  Mar. 10, 2011 at 19:59

Thanks for the info. I think Apple changed the way they store iPhone backups at some point in the last 6 months. Following instructions from 6 months ago doesn't help one bit! I'll give the duplicate file finder a try. Hopefully it will free up some space on my hard drive at the very least.

Bubba Shaboo  Mar. 10, 2011 at 22:14

As JanSt says you have to enable 'Show hidden files, folders and drives' first. Open a folder and select 'Organize' from the Toolbar and then select 'Folder and search options' from the drop-down. Then click on the 'View' tab and select 'Show hidden files, folders and drives'.

Now try to navigate the folder path C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\AppleComputer\MobileSync\Backup
if C: is where your Windows 7 is installed and see how far you get. Works fine for me on Windows7.

Bubba

Fisher42  Mar. 11, 2011 at 11:41

As everyone has said its in the same place as on Vista, appdata is a hidden folder so unhide it. If your still lost then look up you iphone serial number in Itunes, Top right corner and search for that as the backup has the same name

iamdamien  Mar. 14, 2011 at 12:20

Managed to find them in the end, I was certain I had hidden files and folders visible; turns out I only had it on specific folders. At least I can back them up on my external HDD. And save some space on my netbook.

iamdamien  Mar. 14, 2011 at 12:47

Turns out in 3 years I had over 24GB of backup files. That is so much more than I expected. At least I have some free hard drive space again.

ben6  Mar. 24, 2011 at 23:04

I have a slightly different problem on Windows 7. Whenever I use iTunes, which automatically backs up my iPhone 3GS, it seems to delete the previous backup, whereas I understand it's meant to keep all earlier backups. Any suggestions? (I have the latest iTunes and iOS 4 versions.)

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 25, 2011 at 10:14

Ben6
I guess you could rename and move the backup to another folder until you need it again? That way iTunes has nothing to overwrite?!!
This is the first time I hear iTunes is meant to keep all backups?
I find that a tad hard to believe, as that would quickly amount to gigantic files and duplicates clogging up a pc!????

Nugget214  Feb. 10, 2012 at 16:50

Q: I back up my old IPHONE and trying to sync it in to my new one, but i don't remember my password to do that..Is their a way I can recover my information through my windows computer??

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 11, 2012 at 08:53

Q: I back up my old IPHONE and trying to sync it in to my new one, but i don't remember my password to do that..Is their a way I can recover my information through my windows computer??

What password?

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 12, 2012 at 18:52

Oh, you mean your iTunes password? Click on 'Forgot', and go to the Apple site for pwd reset.

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