Smart devices like iPads have gone on to become the mainstay of our lives. But take a look at this statistic. Every year almost 4.5 million smart devices are either lost or stolen. And countless others experience data inaccessibility because of liquid damage, shattered screens or factory restores. The rate at which we lose information is almost as rapid as the rate at which we generate it.
20% of surveyed individuals believe that backing up data regularly is a good way to ensure that they do not face hassles if their iPads and smart devices are lost, stolen or damaged. Keeping this in mind Apple has provided two ways to back up information:
- iTunes is an off-line manual provision that has been extremely popular till date
- iCloud is the latest addition and is an online alternative to iTunes
However Backing up Data is Not Enough:
Users should be able to peruse the individual items in the zipped backup containers to choose the files that have to be recovered. Since iTunes doesn’t allow this and iCloud allows access to only a limited number of data types from its official website, a third party application that can present the contents of backup files for easy viewing and retrieval is required. Dr. Fone from Wondershare is an excellent iPad Backup Extractor. It is user friendly and intuitive and can access backup data in two comprehensive modes.
Mode 1: Recover from iTunes Backup File
For this to function successfully the PC or Laptop that supports Dr. Fone should also support the iTunes account synced with the iPad in question. The objective is to either extract the files from the backup and save them to the Hard Disk or to reinstate them directly to the connected iPad.
1. Connect the iPad to the PC or laptop with Dr. Fone installed on it. This is possible with the USB power cord that is supplied by Apple.
2. Launch Dr. Fone and from the home screen choose the second option – Recover from iTunes Backup File.
3. Doing so gives Dr. Fone the permission to access the iTunes account on the PC or Laptop and pull up a list of backup files or zipped containers for you to choose from. Since you can’t view what is present in each file, you need to use meta-information like name of file and date of creation to identify one that is the most likely to hold all the data you wish to retrieve. Tick the right checkbox and hit the ‘Start Scan’ button.
4. Where an iTunes file is involved the scan entails extracting data from the backup container and displaying it individually for users to choose and recover. There is a progress bar that notes the time left to scan completion. You can use the ‘Pause’ and ‘Stop’ buttons to halt the scan mid-way or terminate it prematurely. Doing so allows you to recover items in real time, as they are identified for retrieval by the Dr. Fone system.
5. When a scan is complete, the list or directory to the left of the screen is used to call up files of specific data types. For example, clicking on the node ‘Camera Roll’ calls up all the images that were present in the chosen backup file. You can also use the search bar to the upper right to zero in on data by keyword or by name. Select items individually or in bulk by ticking the appropriate checkboxes and then press the blue ‘Recover’ button to save them to the hard disk or send them to the iPad.
Mode 2: Recover from iCloud Backup File
iCloud is nothing but storage space in Apple servers. In order to extract data from an iCloud backup file, connection to broadband or internet is necessary. Here is the process:
1. Launch Dr. Fone and choose the third option from the home screen – Recover from iCloud Backup File.
2. When prompted, input the iCloud account login credentials. This gives Dr. Fone direct access to the backup files in the iCloud storage space.
3. From the displayed list choose the backup file that has the data and items to be extracted and recovered. Use the file name and size or date of creation to take this call. Once the selection is made, click the ‘Download’ button next to the file.
4. Dr. Fone gives you the freedom to download only certain data types from the iCloud backup file and then examine them for the needed items. This saves both time and processing power. If you want to download the entire backup file, just keep the ‘Select All’ box checked.
5. Hit ‘Next’ to trigger the download and subsequent scan which can take anywhere from a minute to several minutes. You can tick individual files or data in bulk and save it to the hard disk of the device supporting Dr. Fone.
And this is how backup data is extracted for an iPad. Recapitulating the steps:
- Connect the iPad to Dr. Fone
- Choose the right backup file from the iTunes or iCloud account (this depends on the platform you use more frequently)
- Allow Dr. Fone to extract and scan the data
- Choose and recover the required files