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I'm taking my iPhone 4 (16GB, GSM) into the Apple Store tomorrow to see if I can get the battery replaced. As per Apple's recommendation, I did a full, manual backup to my computer. When I back up my iPhone to my computer manually (I normally use the iCloud backup), however, I notice that suddenly all of the free space on the device evaporates. Nothing new was added; in fact, I wiped my camera roll (which had about 800 MB of pics/vids in it) and ran the back up again, and it all disappeared. 3.4 whole GB are now eaten up by the "Other" category, easily three times larger than it was before. I would really appreciate a solution, as it has made it impossible for me to download podcasts. :-( Thanks, Nate
So right now I am running Time Machine on my main computer. Also clone it every Thursday morning. The other thing I do that I think fits into the plan is that I use DropBox. My iTunes and photo libraries aren't there but I do keep all my main documents on there so it's kind of an off site backup. I also use that so I can access things from other Macs, my iPad and iPhone when necessary. I'm getting ready to change over to a MacBook Air as my main machine. It only has 128gig of drive and I'll also be doing a lot of traveling so I thought it might be a good time to rethink my backups. My first problem is that cloning is one drive at time so that would add a couple steps to my cloning if I sue an external drive for iPhoto and iTunes. But that could be done. The second concern is that I'll be traveling a lot more so a Time Machine drive plugged into my machine becomes somewhat impractical. I was thinking about using Carbonite or some other cloud/online service. Any thought there from you folks? I'll probably continue to use Dropbox because it's simple and works. Plus that let's me access things on my iPad or other computers. Any thoughts on how I'm doing this or how you would do it different? Thanks for your input.