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Windows 7: itunes, iphone contacts

22 Sep 2010   #1

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate, Server 2008 R2, Ubuntu 8.04 & 10.04 LTS Server
itunes, iphone contacts

Hi guys,
I have a slight problem - a client has an iphone and he backed his contacts up using itunes but the laptop he backed it up on no longer works so I have his hard drive plugged into one of my systems so i can get any files.
But I have no idea what format itunes would save contacts in or where to look.
And can I then put the file on another PC to import onto his new iphone 4?
I should point out that I don't use itunes myself and my client has been very vague as he doesn't know PCs.
Can anyone help
Thanks in advance for your help
Kind regards


EDIT: I found this link what about if you don't have a mac lol

My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Sep 2010   #2

Windows 7 X64 Professional

The link you provided in your edit is for Vista but I think I may have found what you're looking for.

The folder is hidden so, click on the Start Orb and type (without quotes) "%appdata%" and hit enter.

It the resulting Explorer window navigate to Apple Computer/MobileSync/Backup.

I took a look inside mine and just saw a bunch of data files. I imagine the info you're looking for is in there somewhere. Hope this helps.


Yeah, it appears in the article you linked that the guy used a Mac to decrypt the binaries for the address book data. He said "ideally" you'd use a Mac but didn't give any other alternative.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Sep 2012   #3

Windwos 7

Hi, I am trying to transfer my contacts from my iphone first generation to a new iphone. I have created a backup with iTunes of my old iphone data. I would like to access the itunes backup files and restore my old iphone contacts to my new iphone manually.

The backup iTunes files are located on my old PC and I do not wish to sync my new iphone with the old iTunes library. How can a go about restoring my old iphone contacts to my new phone?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Sep 2012   #4

Windows 7

Instead of fiddling with the iOS backup files which iTunes created for your old iPhone, I would transfer the contacts directly from your old iphone to your new computer (provided you have access to your old iphone with your contacts loaded). Just use this tool to export your old iphone contacts to your PC

then use the same tool to import the contacts from your PC to your new iphone.

Hope this helps.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Oct 2012   #5

Windwos 7

Thank you for the reply. Much worth it!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Oct 2012   #6

Windows 7

You are welcome. Happy to be of help.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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