How to Backup an Itouch to Disc: 10 Steps - MakeSureHow
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More than a music player, the iPod touch is also a digital camera, a video camera, a handheld game console and a Wi-Fi browsing device all rolled into one. Like the Apple iPhone, the iPod touch uses iTunes to configure many of its settings and install applications and updates. With iTunes, you can back up your iPod touch settings, Camera Roll, apps and tracks purchased via iTunes and other files and settings. After backing your iPod touch, you can then use Windows to burn the backup to a disc for safekeeping.

EditSteps

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    Back Up the iPod Touch:Connect the iPod touch to the computer with the USB data cable. Wait a few seconds for iTunes to launch and appear on the screen.
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    Right-click the iPod touch device name under the “Devices” label in the left pane of the iTunes window. After the pop-up menu appears, click the “Backup” option.
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    Click “OK” when asked to confirm that you want to back up the iPod touch’s files and settings. Wait a few minutes as iTunes backs up the device and saves the backup files.
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    Burn Backup Files to Disc:Click the Windows Start button, then “Computer.” After Windows Explorer opens, navigate to the “Documents and Settings\(username)\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup” folder where “(username)” is the account name used to log in to Windows. This is where iTunes saves the backup files for the iPod touch. Minimize the Windows Explorer window to the taskbar, but don’t close it.
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    Insert a blank DVD into the optical burner drive of the computer and wait a few seconds for the AutoPlay window to open. Click “Burn files to disc” to open a new Burn a Disc pop-up window.
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    Enter a “iPod touch Backup” or something similar in the “Disc Title” field. Choose the “With a CD/DVD player” option and then click “Next.” Another Windows Explorer window opens displaying the “Files Ready to Be Written to the Disc” folder.
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    Maximize the first Windows Explorer window displaying the “Documents and Settings\(username)\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup” folder. Press the “Ctrl-A” keys to select all of the files and sub-folders in the folder, then press “Ctrl-C” to copy them to the Windows clipboard. Close the Windows Explorer window displaying the “Documents and Settings\(username)\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup” folder.
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    Click the Windows Explorer window displaying the “Files Ready to Be Written to the Disc” folder and press the “Ctrl-V” keys to copy the files from the iTunes backup folder to the temporary folder used for disc burning.
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    Click “Burn to Disc” near the top of the Windows Explorer. The Prepare this Disc pop-up window appears. Choose the desired recording speed to use for burning the disc in the “Recording speed” drop-down list or leave the default speed selected by Windows in place.
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    Place a check mark in the check box next to the “Close the wizard after the files have been burned” option, then click “Next.” Windows burns the files and folders from the iTunes backup folder to the disc.

EditTips

  • If you reformat your computer or otherwise lose the files and folders in the default iTunes backup folder, you can restore your iPod touch using the files you saved to the DVD. Just copy the files from the disc to the “Documents and Settings\(username)\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup” folder on your computer and run the restore process. To restore the device, connect it to your computer with the USB cable, then right-click it in the Devices list and select “Restore.”

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