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iOS backup - browse to a backup not currently managed by iTunes

Tom Mc Dec 14, 2014 02:56PM CST

The backup files managed by iTunes under APPDATA\..\MobileSync\Backup can be changed by iTunes. I would like to access a "backup of the backup" in another folder. This would be useful if the backup is moved to an external drive, NAS, etc. Or, if the original computer that the backup was created on is replaced.

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Mike Dec 15, 2014 04:45PM CST Macroplant Agent

iExplorer currently will only recognize iTunes backups that were made on the same computer and left in the original location where iTunes stores the backups (MobileSync folder). It’s not possible to move a backup folder and have iExplorer recognize it even if you move it into the MobileSync folder, so you will want to use iExplorer on the computer (or OS installation) where you made the backup originally (if possible).

We plan to add this feature in a future update where iExplorer can just be pointed to a backup folder in any location and read the contents, though I don’t have an ETA on when this will be possible with iExplorer.

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Diane Seimetz Jan 01, 2015 05:12PM CST
Mike, being able to point iExplorer to any folder to read file content seems to me an essential feature and not very challenging in terms of development. I have backup files on Carbonite that I'd like to process with iExplorer - the reason I purchased it, in fact. Hard to believe a viewer/.converter software was built to be fixed on one location of someone's hard drive. I think this is the first time I've ever run across this. People move folder locations all the time...please move the ability to browse for backups anywhere on any drive up in your timeline!
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Patrick Ahern Sep 13, 2015 05:01PM CDT
Any update on this. I have 3 hardrives on my laptrop and Itunes was not on my primary C drive, I don't have enough space to transfer to my C drive.
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Mike Sep 15, 2015 08:01PM CDT Macroplant Agent

@Patrick: I don’t have any update on this feature, but it is definitely in the pipeline for things that will eventually be added to iExplorer. I will remind our developers about this feature, and they have said that it shouldn’t be that hard of a thing to implement. We just have had other issues and other projects filling our plate, and we are also a very small software company.

We appreciate everybody’s patience on this.

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