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    Our computer crashed:(

    How do I get my iPad's info onto the new computer? I have 16gig on my 64 and don't wanna loose all my music, photos, apps, photos, and bookmarks if I sync to iTunes. I haven't yet but I should before something happens to my iPad(like a crash or lost/stolen) and then there is no way to get all that stuff back.

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    I understand that this process outlined below works:

    1) Without connecting your iPad to your PC/laptop, start iTunes. Click onEdit. Click on Preferences. Click on Devices. Check the box next to"Prevent your iPod etc. from automatically syncing." Click OK.

    2) Now connect your iPad to your laptop and start iTunes.

    3) When iTunes starts, right click on your iPad under Devices in theleft column. Select Transfer purchases etc.

    4) After it finishes transferring all your apps to your new laptop,right click on your iPad and select Backup your iPad.

    5) After it finishes backing up your iPad, right click on your iPad andselect Restore etc.

    6) After it finishes restoring, left click on your iPad , then click onthe Apps tab on top, and check the box next to Sync Apps, then click onApply below.

    If everything on your iPad looks good after the sync, go back and clickon Edit / Preferences / Devices and UN-check the box next to Preventyour iPod etc. The only other thing you may want to check is if yourcontacts, bookmarks, etc. are syncing correctly now. If not, go to theInfo tab after connecting and make sure you indicate which features youwant to sync with what sources.

    Now, please realize that I've not tried this personally. But, I've not heard from others (who had the same situation) that it didn't. So, worth a shot?

    Let us know how you get on.

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    It should not be necessary to do the restore.

    The first three steps are good enough to save almost everything except photos synced through iTunes, and media not added through iTunes. Here is a good run down of what should be done for maximum safety when transferring stuff to a new computer. It's not meant for that, but it works well.

    How to back up your data and set up as a new device

    Start with Marilyn's step one, then continue with this. Do only the parts that apply to your information/situation (i.e.; if you are syncing contacts with Google, don't do the Personal Information Manager part. Stop when you get to the Restore step.

    It would be wise, after the Transfer Purchases option to go through iTunes and make sure everything (media, app, book) got transferred. If not you may have a few more steps to insure all your stuff gets safely backed up on the computer.

    NOTE: If you have picture albums in the Photos app, and they are not backed up somewhere other than the iPad, you need to save them first before doing anything else. The first sync will remove them. The PhotoSync app works well for this, and you can use it before starting any of the other procedures.

    The quality of the pictures recovered this way will probably not match the originals. iTunes optimized photos for viewing on the iPad when it syncs them.
    Last edited by twerppoet; 07-23-2011 at 08:26 PM. Reason: Add Note at end.


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