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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

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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Using the latest realise of 3rd party soft DiskAid you can keep versions of your backups by choosing the Backup & Archive feature. Backup & Archive

...and also define whichever location you want to store those.

Choose backup location

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How can this software be used to solve the problem stated in the question? Also, please have a look at apple.stackexchange.com/help/behavior, especially the part about self-promotion. –  patrix Jun 26 at 11:17
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This is what I honestly try to explain here I believe: showing a way to create multiple versions of the iPhone backups packaged in archives files - it is true that this happens to be also promoting our own soft in a way. It's because the latter is designed to do things iTunes do not do and that we need as users ourselves (and apparently and given the question raised other do :) –  Vic Jun 26 at 11:39

Correct me if I'm wrong but I have a mac and I have never had to manually save or copy multiple back-ups to iTunes. This has always been done automatically. When I click to restore a previous back-up, I have the ability to select which one I would like to restore. I once restored five different back-ups (some were from several months to almost a year earlier) in the same night.

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