I am an utter prat. How long have I worked in IT….forever….
Did I regularly backup my iPhone? No I did not…
Why not? you may ask…..
Because it didn’t do it automatically via bluetooth or wifi like my old Nokia and I couldn’t be arsed is the honest truth. Plugging it into my computer via a cable seemed so 1997 so I did it maybe 8 times in the 2.5 years I’ve owned an iPhone. The first one (2G) I had was so slow it was like pulling teeth to get it to sync so I left it and it was ok, no dramas.
Bought my shiny 3GS last summer and it’s been wonderful and the syncing was fast, but I still didn’t really do it. I’d gotten out of the habit and I still have to plug the cable which is a pain. All was fine until yesterday. I had a weird message the battery told me that it was at 3% so I left it as I wasn’t near the plug and thought I’d leave it to run down. 10 minutes later I looked at it again to plug it in and the battery was telling me 78%. Odd, so I plugged it in and minutes later it was telling me 100%, I left it on the bedstand until this morning when I went to check my e-mail…IT WAS DEAD. Dead, totally and utterly not working, plugged it into the mains and the red battery light came on. Fine left it, made breakfast came back STILL ON RED NOTHING HAPPENING!!
By this point I was feeling sick, everything in my life is on that damn phone, photos, video, contacts, diary….everything. Tried not to panic and left it for a bit longer and went out for the day…7 hours later still on the same bloody red battery light!
So I scoured the web for a way to fix it and get my data back. I didn’t want to take it to the Apple Store for them to just swap it out and to lose everything. But first I needed to un ‘stick’ it off the battery symbol. I couldn’t get it working in recovery mode so I had to to a last resort reset. This site told me how to get it into DFU Mode this resets it but of course it really, really helps if you have actually ever backed it up so you can get all your info back!!
I’ve lost all my Christmas photos, videos of the nativity play, new contacts, diary dates – you name it. I’m so annoyed at myself, so the moral of the story is backup your iphone and don’t be a dummy like me. Oh and if I’m supposed to meeting you or have your number – please mail me x