Back it up baby! A lesson in not backing up your iPhone before updating the iOS.

I got back from India last Monday night.  On Tuesday I was still jet lagged, going to bed at 7pm and finding myself wide awake at 2am.  In the midst of tossing and turning I grabbed my iPhone to find something to lull me to sleep.  This might seem like an odd remedy but I find that if I listen to an old sit com I’ve heard a million times, like an episode of Cheers or The Office, it shuts my brain down and lulls me to sleep.

So, I grab the iPhone and launch the Netflix app, or try to.  The app isn’t launching and I also noticed that Apple has introduced iOS 6.1. (I never downloaded 6,  my non-geek self said it is probably better for any initial bugs to be worked out.)  My reasoning self says “Self, Netflix probably isn’t launching because you never updated the iOS.”  So here it is, 2am, I’m all cozy in bed and my husband is sleeping next to me.  If I want to launch Netflix I need to download the new iOS … but before I do that I should…???  Yep, we all know the answer – BACK UP!!!!

“Self, it’s 2am and soooo cozy in this bed.  You backed up right before you left for India.  If you lose anything at all it will just be the India pictures.  But, you won’t lose anything – Apple has for sure by now figured out how to update your iOS without the iPhone crashing, right?”   Ummmm hmmmm, let’s stay in bed.

That was the self talk that happened before I spent 10 hours trying to get my iPhone 4s out of recovery/restore mode and retrieve my pictures from India.  I Googled, I emailed my geek friends, I tried redsn0w, recboot, tinyumbrella, ireb … blah, blah.  At the end of the 10 hours I figured out that many of these applications would probably work … in a few months.  The technology just hadn’t caught up with the 4s yet.  I bit my tongue, vowed to go back to India, and restored.

Out of this experience comes two little pearls of advice I can share with you:

1.  DO NOT, ever, ever, ever, update your iOS without backing up.  90% of the population will say “Of course not, you dummy.”  But for those of us that are good at convincing ourselves of things we want to be true … just don’t do it.  lol

2.  This one is very specific – here’s the solution to “Tarma Installer Setup Initialization Error”

During my 10 hours of trying to recover the India pictures I downloaded various software.  I surely vetted them less than I should have and ended up with a few programs on my computer that needed to go.  Luckily I was able to uninstall all of them except for one – it was Yontoo 1.10.03.  Every time I went to uninstall it I got this error message:  Tarma Installer Setup Initialization Error.

After about 30 minutes of searching I found a solution on SpywareInfoForum that worked like a charm – it was Adware Cleaner by Xplode.  I got the link from here.  It took all of 10 seconds to install and Yontoo was gone as soon as my computer restarted.  Highly recommend!





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