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Can iExplorer show me which content I've already exported?

larissaannRO Dec 14, 2015 10:29PM CST

Is iExplorer able to show me which content I've already exported and any associated metadata (such as how, where, an when the export occurred)? I speculate that this type of feature might require iExplorer to save a record or history of it's use and that would deviate from it's basic function of making iOS data stored in other locations visible and extractable; however, if it is possible for it to indicate whether something has already been exported, I'd love to know. As I continue to use iExplorer, this would make it much easier to avoid creating unwanted backups by unintentionally exporting something more than once.

I recently exported all of my text messages to PDF documents (Set #2), but since doing so, I've realized that I had already once exported another portion of the text messages to PDFs saving them in a different folder on my Mac (Set #1). Now I would like to delete the duplicates, but I'm getting stuck because I'm not 100% positive which files have a twin and which don't. Given the quantity, it would be extremely tedious to achieve this one at a time, evaluating each file individually and deleting only the extras...

I'm considering just deleting all of Set #1 and hoping that all of the PDFs it contained are also in Set #2. It's a relatively safe bet since I used the "Export All" feature to create Set #2 and its larger than Set #1; however I can’t be sure, because I might not have exported both sets from the same iOS backup, and if so, the backup that I used when exporting Set #2 might not have all of the messages contained in the backup I used for Set #1... Bottom line: I could end up permanently losing conversations by unknowingly deleting some that aren't copies.

Is there an efficient way to combine or merge the two sets of PDFs so that only one copy is saved of each? Would it be best to look into duplicate deletion software to do this?


Set #1 = 564,331,217 bytes (565.4 MB on disk) for 550 PDF docs

Set #2 = 684,358,297 bytes (685.6 MB on disk) for 627 PDF docs

iExplorer (version

iPhone 5s
16 GB
iOS 8.1.3

iTunes (version

MacBook Air (13-inch, Late 2010)

OS X El Capitan version 10.11.1 (15B42)
Processor: 1.86 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
Memory: 4 GB 1067 MHz DDR3
Physical Drive: APPLE SSD TS128C Media
Capacity: 120.47 GB (120,473,067,520 bytes)

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Josh Dec 15, 2015 09:45AM CST Macroplant Agent

At this time, iExplorer can not detect which text messages have already been exported to merge into one copy. I agree that would be a great feature to incorporate, so I have passed along your request to the Macroplant Development Team to see about adding it.

If there’s anything else you’d like to see added or changed, please let us know. We really appreciate your feedback in helping to improve Macroplant software.

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