I accidentally deleted my iPhone backup file from the backup folder.

Where are other places a backup could be stored for someone using Windows and iTunes?

  • Are you running Windows or OS X? – nohillside Feb 8 '13 at 19:38
  • Nope. I'm using Windows 7. Look into the recycle bin but found nothing. – user41443 Feb 8 '13 at 19:39
  • @patrix running on windows. – user41443 Feb 8 '13 at 19:46
  • Welcome to the site - feel free to edit things that become clear into the question. Especially like the things you've tried already (looking in the recycle bin) as the guide on How to Ask has some tips for editing and framing an issue. Best of luck with the dilemma. – bmike Feb 8 '13 at 20:01

You sould use some file recovery tools to recover deleted files. Operating system do not delete exact files. Only delete the file references. If you're lucky, OS do not replace your old file's partition with a new file; so you can recover.

iOS only backs up to iCloud and to iTunes, so unless you have another copy of that backup or another computer the device has synced to, you might be left with data recovery on the PC.

Is the iOS device still around to make a new backup?

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  • This is very good advice - and if you want to undelete, you might shut down the computer to minimize the chance that a new file overwrites the free space that was storing the backup. Do look on our associated site superuser.com for how to undelete things, but we'll be able to address where else an iOS backup could be. – bmike Feb 8 '13 at 20:02

in Windows 7, iTunes backup are stored in: \Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup, unless you moved it or made a copy anywhere else. Using undelete software doesn't always work, as Windows starts to overwrite deleted files in time, to recycle space - if you do try to undelete, I suggest you stop using the partition it was on, to maximise your chance of finding something. Try the Reincubate Recover Files, it might help to recover your backup - it also has a deep scan mode for hard to recover files so try that as well. Hope it helps!

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