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    I was only able to sync photos to my ipad one time. Each time I have tried since then I get the attached screen shot of the display on my computer suggesting if I continue with the apply buttom the apps will all be erased. Also, I can only get the apply/revert buttons, not the sync buttons after I select the specific folder to sync and it does not indicate selected folder. This is true even when I turn automatic syncing off to allow automatic sync.

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    This is warning about removal of apps. Go back into the Apps screen and make sure all the apps you don't want to erase from the iPad have checkmarks next to them.

    Or try choosing "Revert" at the bottom of that screen (if available), and try to sync your photos again to see if the warning is gone.
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    more on syncing problem

    I tried these suggestions and still get the exact same result as shown on the screen shot. Also, this is an ipad 1, not a 2, if that makes a difference.
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    OK, another thing to try then:

    Is iTunes authorized for the account? Go to the Store menu and choose authorized computer. Enter the account ID that the apps were bought with.
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    Think your using a different account. If you have two accounts then apps you bought on one can not be used on a different account. Hope that helps.
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    Click apply then sync. That's normal.
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    I've got this working now. The original suggestion of checking all apps in itunes did work after I did it right. Thanks.
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    Hi all,

    I have a slightly related question:
    I just recently synced photos fro the first time and in the process itunes basically pulled EVERYTHING off my ipad.
    I saw no warning that this was going to occur, just pressed "sync" after selecting the photos (didn't check ANYTHING else BTW), thought it was just gonna pull off/put on some photos, next thing I know I'm in the middle of an hour long sync.
    I that had to sync again to put it all back on.
    Played a stupid app game and noticed my save file was gone.. oh well, hadn't played that long and it's just a silly game, no big deal.
    Go to work on some editing in pages... ALL my files are gone...
    Illustrations I've been working on... gone.
    Everthing related to all my apps, besides the apps themselves, gone.
    MONTHS of work...
    Anyhow, anybody heard of this before, perhaps know some magic technique to get all my documants back?
    (I'm pretty pessimistically sure as to the answer...)

    Thanks for any/all help!
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    When you remove an app from the iPad, all it's documents and associated files (like game saves) are deleted with it.

    Since you did a second sync when you restored the apps and such, you'll have overwritten the backup that had app info saved. I'm afraid there isn't any way to get it back after that.

    Unless you have some kind of automatic backup on your computer that backed files up between the two syncs, or an even older one that has most of your data. If that is true, it might be possible to retrieve the in-between backup and use it to restore some or all of your app data.

    You would lose changes you made in the meantime, so you'd want to be careful to save important stuff off the iPad before the attempt.
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    Thanks, twerppoet, figured as much.

    So, for future referance, how do I avoid this happening again?
    I never intended to pull the apps off my ipad, it just kind of... happened.
    As long as that DOESN'T happen again, I assume I'm safe to sync?
    Is there something I can be certain to make sure is/isn't checked, etc. before syncing?
    And IF, by some chance, it does pull them all off again, what can I do to keep those back-ups you mentioned in tact before restoring the apps to the pad? (and if I notice this happening, can I just cancel the sync ASAP and keep what hasn't yet been affected in tact.)


    Thanks again.
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    To play it safe, you could simply disallow app deletions, under Settings->General->Restrictions.

    Otherwise you would have to backup the iTunes backups.
    In windows they are located under
    Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup

    You may have to turn on Show Hidden Folders in the Explorer options, if it is not already enabled to see the AppData folder.
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    Thanks twerppoet, I figured as much...

    So, for future reference, how can I avoid this happening again?
    Did I miss someting or do something wrong?
    Really like(d) being able to write/draw on the go, but it's kinda useless if I can't keep the product..
    I'm afraid to sync now :(
    I'd be quite the hassle to email myself attachments of every document I've altered (none at this point, back to the ol' desktop for now...) since my last sync every time I do so, but it'd certainly be better than what happened... But there's gotta be a simpler solution, no?
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    Unless you delete the apps manually, they will not disappear and delete the user data with them.

    Syncing does not delete apps/data.
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    Geez DontUnderstandMyIpad, guess I'll give all that a shot, thanks.

    sorry 'bout the (now multiple) repost(s), first one said there was a connection issue posting so I had to rewrite it, only to find the original DID in fact post...
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    One more question, regarding this statement.

    You made a manual sync and set it to only sync photos? In that case, it is no wonder, all your apps got removed, because you instructed iTunes to only sync photos and nothing else.
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    Well, it didn't delete the apps, just moved 'em backand forth between my ipad and computer, but it did delete their data.
    And I certainly did not TRY to have this hassle, I didn't knowingly "manually" erase them, and if I did so accidentally somehow, you'd think there'd be a promt or two to avoid such accidental catastophies, and I'm hoping to avoid it somehow happening again.
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    yeah, guess so.
    Photos was the only box I checked, figuring that was all I was syncing. I didn't want to go through the hassle of syncing my whole itunes library which, ironically, didn't get deleted even though they were unchecked as well...
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    Back up

    How many times does it happen that we wished we had a back up?
    I still say try to go to an early back up on your ipad, might do it.
    2nd do you use a back up if not do it now there are several out there. I use time mach on computer and it has worked and helped me in past. You need something that works in background and does this automatically!
    Don't wait find what works for you. Sorry I can't help more
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    Hi I'm so lucke to own now my second iPad and feel extremely spoilt.
    I have one problwm that I can't seem to get right.

    I have 6500 photos in iTunes on my Mac neatly organised into named events. When I sync these event to my iPad (64G) it splits the events into lots and lots of smaller ones. Is there a way that I can have my photos synced to my ipad in the exact way it is on iTunes? It is the main reason i bought the new 64G - to view and download my photos and have it available EVERYWHERE I go.
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    Tell iTunes to sync them from iPhoto. Then set your pics the way you want in iphoto
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