Atta Ikede

February 2, 2010

iPhone crash and restore

Filed under: Uncategorized — attaikede @ 11:58 pm

I have to confess I never really figured out iTunes. I don’t find it usable or intuitive, and as such I’ve avoided using it as much as possible. I still use winamp to listen to mp3s and vlc player to watch videos. I don’t buy stuff on iTunes either.

But when it comes to my iPhone, I HAVE to use iTunes. It’s the only way to make backups and to synch and update my phone. Naturally, I avoid and put off doing this for as long as possible because I always get software-rage when I load up iTunes.

I finally plugged my phone into iTunes today because I feel like it finally needs an update. Well, guess what. It’s been at least 6 months since I connected it, and it fried itself. I don’t know if it was just that the update was too huge, or maybe my version of iTunes is old, or what, but things didn’t “just work”. They got fried, and now I have to restore my iphone to its original factory settings :(

So i’ve lost all the photos I took in the last 6 months.

YES PB, I know what you’re saying. It’s my fricking fault for not taking more regular backups! I know!! But still, it hurts!

Bye bye photos of Mexico, my visits home to Toronto, Cambridge, and even little trips here and there I took like NYC, when Julie visited, when PB visited, and everything else. Sigh. It sucks! I really had some great photos from my Toronto trip last summer … a great one of a street car, for example.

The good news is that I don’t think I lost very much else … the notes, probably (hope I didn’t have any passwords in there!), whatever was saved in the few apps I’ve downloaded, etc. The photos are really the worst of it.

I’m kind of feeling depressed and annoyed now. To make matters worse, the silly thing has been “restoring” itself for like the past half hour. Has it crashed again? Is it just a hugely slow process? This is exactly what happened when I was trying to do the software update! This shit is supposed to work!!

Sigh. I think I might cry into my pillow a little tonight. And yes PB, I know what you’re thinking. BACKUPS!! BACKUPS!!!! BACKUPS!!!!!!!!!! I hate you with your organized backup strategies!! Bah! I wish I had that Jack Bauer sack and I could just reach in and pull out some amazing gadget that could solve my problems right now. Some kind of amazing backup -recovery – iphone gadget. Sigh…



  1. There there, well, at least you still have all the good memories in your mind. That’s will stay forever. Come back for a visit and we can rebuild your photo stacks (along with backups under my supervision). How is that?

    Comment by picnic buddy — February 3, 2010 @ 10:05 am

  2. Yes! Thank you. I need supervision.

    Comment by attaikede — February 3, 2010 @ 4:29 pm

  3. I lost a bunch of data a while back when I tried merging a partition on my harddrive. Luckily I had most of the stuff backed up but I lost a month’s worth of notes which I had been taking in class. I had to painstakingly copy notes from a friend to replace the ones I lost. Since then I’ve set aside that VAIO harddrive just for backups.

    Comment by el_rodento — February 5, 2010 @ 8:06 am

  4. You realize the irony, considering when we worked together 99.9% it was people calling to say their dbs crashed and they had no backups….still, it really sucks for you. I’m sorry.

    Comment by cat — February 8, 2010 @ 10:08 am

  5. I hate itunes too with a passion. There seems to be a new update every week!! Garrghh $$^&&$#@!!

    Comment by cherylsafina — February 8, 2010 @ 7:28 pm

  6. Cat – yes. I know! Trust me, there was repeated high velocity face to palm connections happening after the thing died on me.

    i will no longer silently mock those who lose data. Instead, I’ll say a silent prayer to please give me the common sense to never let this happen again!!!!

    and yes Cheryl! I also hate how my firewall keeps telling me that there are ituneshelper processes always trying to connect to the internet. Why?

    Comment by attaikede — February 11, 2010 @ 1:13 pm

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