Steps & Insights:

  • iPhone 5 GSM - iOS 7.1.1- 64 GB
  • Backup using iTunes on Windows 8.1 Pro
  • Shift + Restore the Apple Firmware iOS 9.0.2 .ipsw file into iPhone via DFU mode
  • Setup as New - iPhone iOS 9.0.2
  • After bit of play, iOS 9.0.2 felt stable, so I tried to Restore from my iOS 7.1.1 Backup
  • Left to do what it wants: iTunes took 10+ maybe 15 hours to finish Restore + auto App Sync after restore


During the iPhone Restore from Backup:

iTunes auto created multiple backups for some reason - Which Backup to use for restore now?

  • iTunes auto created multiple backups, and as restore failed once, due to lack of extra drive space for the additional instance/ copy of Backup. {I had 30 GB open but iTunes filled it all up}
    • So I "cloned" my SSD to a bigger HDD to do this and my Restore went through after 10/15 hours, with some caveats:
    • Bunch of Apps would not restore i.e. could not be sync'ed back to iPhone due to Error that was like (0xBE00000E or 0xBE00000E). Googling it nothing came up

Which Backup to use for restore now?

After the iPhone Restore from Backup:

Sync is stuck for several Apps that are in "Waiting" "Will Install" state as outlined in this split question.

Restore from Backup: Apps in iTunes library were not installed on iPhone because Unknown Error occurred 0xE800002D

How to Resolve stuck "waiting" "Will Install" Apps?

Additional Details on Backups & its Copies:

New Backup folders are identical to original Backup except for the following:

  • Owner permissions are different; I did try & use "Run as Admin on iTunes"
  • 1 file in both folders info.plist is different, with further tinkering found to contain identical data in XML vs Binary formats, except for 2 small strings:

    • 1:30 | 32 MB | plist XML
      -- <string>AS_iPhone5_711</string>
      -- <string>01b4384a905a10b3061004b3281a915aca60c362</string>

    • 4:30 | 22 MB | plist Binary, 99% Identical when converted to XML using putil
      -- <string>AS_iPhone5_711 - Oct 23, 2015, 4:06 AM</string>
      -- <string>01b4384a905a10b3061004b3281a915aca60c362-20151023-040611</string>

Screenshots of Backups Folder with Timestamps & Comparisons (using Beyond Compare):
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C:\Users\..MyUserName..\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup Backup Folders, Auto created Backups & Timestamps

Backups as shown in iTunes Device Preferences

1 Answer 1


When you see two backups for the iPhone, there is one automatically from sync and one you did by hand by "Backup Now". I would choose that one, it is the one marked with the precise date. Note: auto backups (sync) are overwriting the earlier one.

  • Notice the Folder marked 1:30 AM {made by me} vs 4:30 AM. On disk they show different timings, but in iTunes its a "new name that includes 4:00 am" but time stamped for same time: 1:30 am. Funky. I will post back more once I dissect info.plist comparison.
    – Alex S
    Commented Oct 23, 2015 at 16:12
  • The second time I did a restore from the same backup it created another copy. 3rd time I did it it created another. What is wrong with iTunes?
    – Alex S
    Commented Oct 27, 2015 at 5:33

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