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I had a near death experience this weekend. After purchasing a new 13" MacBook Pro I migrated all my data from my old MacBook Pro over to the new one and in the process with iTunes auto-backup/auto-sync I almost lost all of my iPhone data. By going back to a full back up that I preformed right before the migration I was able to recover the iPhone data but it was too scary for comfort.

By default iTunes keeps only one backup of the iPhone or iPad data. I would feel a lot more comfortable if I knew that I had at least one archive version of my data. Is there a way to create and save multiple backups? If so how is it done?

Thanks.

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I just found this interesting article here on how to create another backup that shows up in iTunes. It is not exactly "automatic" but it does provide another in-iTunes backup: techtips.salon.com/make-one-iphone-backup-3664.html –  fmz Jun 18 '12 at 14:14
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Well, there is always the option to copy the contents of

~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup

to some other place on a regular basis.

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Hi Patrix, that is an option. I would really like to see something a little more robust. –  fmz Jun 18 '12 at 13:38
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Is there a way to create and save multiple backups? If so how is it done?

Other than manually or programmatically copying the files from ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup to some other location, Time Machine is your best solution here, and will provide months of mobile device backups. You are running Time Machine on your Mac, yes? If not, a small external USB hard disk is really cheap insurance. Purchase 2 of them and have rotating backups. Keep one drive off-site for peace of mind.

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