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serr Feb 3, 2013 03:54 PM
Target disc mode for the iPad. How?
I want to back up my iPad by cloning the disc image like I do with Carbon Copy Cloner for the Mac. How do you bring up the iPad in target disc mode (or whatever term is used for it if different)?

Apparently most Apple forum 'power users' don't even know there's a hard drive in their computer (emphasis on 'users' I guess) so it's just not possible to even get this question across on that forum. Frustrating...
Spheric Harlot Feb 3, 2013 04:47 PM
You don't, without jailbreaking it.
serr Feb 3, 2013 08:18 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by Spheric Harlot (Post 4215388)
You don't, without jailbreaking it.
Go on...
I don't care the method or terminology used.
P Feb 4, 2013 03:45 AM
Can I ask why you'd want to do that? It seems like the hard way to do things.
cgc Feb 4, 2013 07:49 AM
Doesn't iTunes back your iPad stuff up when it syncs?
finboy Feb 15, 2013 09:51 AM
Quote, Originally Posted by cgc (Post 4215473)
Doesn't iTunes back your iPad stuff up when it syncs?
Theoretically. Every time I've tried to sync my PDFs and books they get sent hither and yon. Along with all their custom titles, etc. It's like Lucy with the football for me.
shifuimam Feb 15, 2013 10:43 AM
iOS stores files differently than a regular computer. When you copy files to your iPad via iTunes, they can generally only be accessed through apps that know they're there (and iTunes).

If you jailbreak your iPad, you can install a third party file browser like iFile that will let you see the full file system of the device. Even then, you won't be able to plug your iPad into a computer and just have it show up as an external hard drive (I think - it's been awhile since I jailbroke any iOS devices).

If you want to just be able to back up everything en masse, get an Android tablet. That kind of functionality just doesn't exist in iOS.

What kind of content are you trying to back up?
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