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Old 07-08-2010, 08:21 PM   #1
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GoodReaderUSB triggers (long) iPad Backups

I just got my iPad and am new to (modern) Apple devices, so forgive me if this is a stupid question...

GoodReaderUSB is wonderful for transferring new books to the iPad, because it's quick and easy, and because it gives access to a multilevel folder structure).

However, when I use it to add books, it triggers a full backup of the iPad. My iPad is mostly empty, but it still takes about 10 minutes!

This doesn't seem to happen when I move books to other eBook applications using iTunes. I'm guessing it would also be okay if I used iTunes for GoodReader, but haven't tried that yet.

Is there any way to move books with GoodReaderUSB and not start a backup?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts and info.
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Use a tool called back-off to disable auto backups.
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I think also if you hit then little "x" when it says "backing up iPad" it will stop it and continue with the sync......
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Old 07-09-2010, 03:20 PM   #4
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Thanks guys.

I'll look for the cancellation X next time I'm connected to iTunes, and if it's still annoying, I'll take a look at the back-off tool.
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Thanks guys.

I'll look for the cancellation X next time I'm connected to iTunes, and if it's still annoying, I'll take a look at the back-off tool.
Sounds good... just be sure you do let it run from time to time, you really do want a back up
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Old 07-10-2010, 05:07 AM   #6
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It is a problem generally with apps that produce a large number of small files. Comic apps are an example.
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no.. the "problem" is itunes does not back up individual changes in an app's data store, it simply backs up the whole application again. apps like goodreader or comic apps tend to modify their internal data (marking an issue read, or using a 3rd party app to upload content) that itunes isn't aware of. these apps also tend to deal in large amounts of data (people store 100 issues of a comic or dozens of large pdf files). so each time itunes goes to back up, it has to back up all of goodreader or comiczeal again. you mark another issue read, itunes backs it all up again. it really can't be avoided, itunes is doing what it was designed to, back up your changed content. if you want shorter back up times you store fewer issues of comics or a smaller library in goodreader. or you disable backups entirely and lose out on the protection.

if itunes knew how to manage each app's data (it doesn't) it might be possible to code it to only backed up changed content, but because each app can store its data however it wants, it's forced to back up the whole chunk again. fewer large files or many small ones, doesn't make a difference.

my advice, hook up your iOS device before you go to sleep and hit sync, it will be done when you wake up. i never have a problem waiting for backups.
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no.. the "problem" is itunes does not back up individual changes in an app's data store, it simply backs up the whole application again. apps like goodreader or comic apps tend to modify their internal data (marking an issue read, or using a 3rd party app to upload content) that itunes isn't aware of. these apps also tend to deal in large amounts of data (people store 100 issues of a comic or dozens of large pdf files). so each time itunes goes to back up, it has to back up all of goodreader or comiczeal again. you mark another issue read, itunes backs it all up again. it really can't be avoided, itunes is doing what it was designed to, back up your changed content. if you want shorter back up times you store fewer issues of comics or a smaller library in goodreader. or you disable backups entirely and lose out on the protection.

if itunes knew how to manage each app's data (it doesn't) it might be possible to code it to only backed up changed content, but because each app can store its data however it wants, it's forced to back up the whole chunk again. fewer large files or many small ones, doesn't make a difference.
I don't think this is correct. I think that iTunes 9.2 included changes to improve this and only back up changed files. However the backup takes quite a bit of time per file, so backing up an unpacked archive of 30 files is slower than backing up the archive file itself.
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no. itunes did not make any changes like that. sorry. itunes will still back up the entire application's data store if it has changed.
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