Best backup options
It looks like I might be taking my Zoom back for replacement tomorrow due to a bad USB port. I am trying to figure out what I need to backup and how.
I have seen threads hear about the Android market remembering what apps you have downloaded and allowing you to put them on multiple devices. If this is true, then I should not need to backup any of my apps. The problem is I have not witnessed this. I have a gtablet that has android market access, but when I try to load any of my paid apps it wants me to buy another copy.
Also, since I can't connect to a PC with USB the only way I can backup is using ES File Explorer linked through wifi, just a little awkward.
Any suggestions on what to back up, Where to find it on the d
zoom and how to backup?
- 03-26-2011, 11:05 PM #2
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- 03-26-2011, 11:54 PM #8
The Google sync to the cloud will backup your installed apps, but for many of those apps the associated data may not be backed up, so for sure look at a solution like Titanium Backup.
Many apps have their own backup or export options, so you should check for it and then save the data to the SDcard, and then plug the Xoom into your PC to copy the files out. Then after you get your new Xoom you can restore your apps and for apps that support it, import or restore the data you saved.
- 03-27-2011, 01:42 AM #9
- 03-27-2011, 08:25 AM #10
Yeah, this is tricky. You'll have to create back up files with Astro or something, then upload to a Dropbox account or email them to yourself.
I am probably going to exchange my 3G XOOM for a WiFi only model, but I don't want to go through the hassle of setting up my screens and apps again. Not to hijack the thread, but is there something that I can do to create a complete backup image? WiFi passwords, paired bluetooth devices, widgets, email accounts, etc...
Thanks in advance.
- 03-27-2011, 10:23 AM #11
As to the SDcard ... have you never looked at your Xoom's file system using a file explorer?
There's a folder named SDcard on the Xoom. It's where many apps write user-data, so that's why it was created on the Xoom - for compatibility.
- 03-27-2011, 12:50 PM #12
- 03-27-2011, 01:03 PM #13
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There are several apps that will let you wirelessly transfer files between your xoom and your PC. Both Bluetooth and wifi are available. I use websharing file/sync paid version (its less than $3) and I'm very happy with it, but a market search should yield several options.
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Thanks all for the suggestions. Actually, I was able to use ES File Explorer, turn on view hidden files, do a select all and copy everything via wifi. It was a bit slow but it worked (even learned a few new things about ESFile Explorer.
I found that ES File Explorer has the ability to create/write directories to my windows file directory that windows can't access. I had two Xoom directories with periods '.' At the end of the directory name. Windows was unable to access the directory or even rename it. Luckily I was able to access the directories wirelessly via ES File Explorer and rename them dropping the period.
In the meantime I was able to resolve the problem with the USB PORT and no longer need the backup except for security.
- 03-27-2011, 01:44 PM #15