I'm in the same boat, my laptop will need to be sent out to "reflow" a video gpu/chip while I'm out on a two week trip. I was hoping to set up my mini with itunes so that I could drag music off an external hard drive onto my ipad. Thought I could muddle my way through the process yesterday and did in fact erase my whole ipad, not believing that I couldn't copy the current ipad config to the 2nd Itunes app on the mini. (still learning the apple geek speak, which is another whole dif. language to a windows user~lol). Luckily my main laptop is still usable despite a horizontal split screen issue and I could easily restore the ipad to the last config.
I find it sort of amazing that you can ONLY have the laptop/computer configure the iPad and not have the Ipad override the laptops/itune app's data. This one direction deal seems implausible........ Is this really, truly the case?
Thanks in advance to a forum newbie!
ps: just came across this link....
Having a mini 100gb external hard drive I'm thinking about the external hard drive option for all of Itunes............... thoughts anyone?