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How to Backup iPad Data to Computer, iTunes, External Hard Drive

Jul. 9, 2014 9:22 am / Posted by Jerry Cook to iTunes Alternatives
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You Need to Backup iPad Immediately

It is a wise choice to backup your iPad photos, contacts, videos, apps or other important files, because this can avoid iPad data loss forever. In your daily life, you could lose data from iPad in the following situations, so it's urgent to backup your iPad to computer, iTunes or external hard drive.

How to Backup iPad Air/mini 2/mini/4/3/2 to Computer, iTunes or External Hard Drive?

iTunes or iCloud is not the best helper to backup iPad, since they have many issue and limitations, such as iTunes can't recognize your device, iCloud only allows you to free backup 5 GB iOS files. To safely copy and backup all your iPad data, you need iOS Manager. It will help to backup iPad files including music, videos, playlist, photos, contacts, messages, bookmarks, ibook, apps and more.

With iOS Manager, you can backup all iPads, including iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina display (iPad mini 2), iPad mini, iPad with Retina display (iPad 4), The new iPad (iPad 3), iPad 2. It offers 3 options:

Download and install iOS Manager on your computer (Windows 8.1/8/7/XP/Vista). Below are the detailed guides on how to backup iPad without iTunes or without iCloud.

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Backup iPad to PC

You can backup iPad to a laptop or desktop of any brands, such as Dell, HP, IBM, Sony, Lenovo, ASUS. iAny Transfer offers 2 ways for you: backup iPad into readable formats, and backup iPad into unreadable formats.

To backup iPad to computer into readable formats, you can do like this:

Connect iPad to your computer and run iOS Manager. Select your iPad files and click on "Computer" on the right menu. Then choose a folder on your computer to save all the selected data.

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Note: All the backed up files will be saved on your computer in readable formats, such as text contents are in .txt, .xls, .xml, contacts can be also saved as vCard/VCF files, and media contents in their original formats for quality guarantee.

To backup iPad to PC into unreadable formats, you can:

Select your iPad data on iAny Transfer and click "Backup" on the right menu.

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Note: All the backed up files will be encrypted into SQLITE database file. This will help to prevent someone from view your privacy data without your permission.

Backup iPad files to an external hard drive

First you need to insert the external hard drive into the computer. Connect iPad to the computer and run iOS Manager. Select the data you want to backup and click on "Computer".

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In the pop-up window, select your external hard drive to save the backed up files.

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Backup iPad data to iTunes

iAny Transfer can also help to backup iPad files to iTunes, just like the way iTunes backs up iOS devices. The advantages for iPhone Data Transfer software is that it never delete anything on your iPad.

Connect iPad to computer and on iAny Transfer select the files you want to backup into iTunes. Then click on "iTunes" on the right menu.

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Conclusion: iAny Transfer is the best helper to backup your iPad, since it offers many options to backup the files from iPad. If you forget to backup your device and lost data, try to recover data from iPad.
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