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Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by chowdown, Jan 19, 2011.

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    So thanks to this great forum I've just discovered GoodReaderUSB. When this program is installed on a PC or mac you are able to drag-and-drop files back and forth between iPad and computer without using iTunes at all. Huzzah!

    A question. I have never connected my iPad except to my own mac (not even to either of my PCs). I guess what I'm worried about is this:

    I connect my iPad to an unknown computer that is set up to automatically sync as soon as an iDevice is connected. Bing bang boom, 30 seconds later all my files and apps are gone, replaced by 100 Nickelback songs.

    Is this a possible scenario?
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    Yes this scenario is possible.

    I would recommend syncing the iPad with one computer and one computer only.

    If you simply MUST sync with a computer that isn`t already synced with your iPad just be sure to stop the auto-sync that starts upon connection so you can sync manually in iTunes and avoid losing your contacts while gaining 500 Nickleback tunes.

    :)
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    Don't worry, there are several layers of 'are you sure you want to delete all your stuff' before anything bad happens.

    I have used GoodReaderUSB on about five different computers so far. I keep both the Mac and PC versions on a USB stick.
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    It'll be fine. Just don't let iTunes even start on the different PC/Mac and you'll be good to go (you may have to uncheck the "start iTunes when a device is detected" box...).

    Prett cool little program, innit?

    Marilyn
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    You got something against Nickelback???

    [​IMG]
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    That's what I'm going to do. Now, do I

    a) insert stick, double click exe (while it's still on the stick) then remove stick and connect iPad (when connecting to PC with only one available USB port)

    or

    b) insert stick, double click exe (while it's still on the stick) then connect iPad via spare USB port

    or

    c) insert stick, copy exe to computer, double-click on it and now that computer "mine" forever.



    I'm pretty sure it's (c), but wondering how to do this on computers where installing software is not immediately (or ever) allowed.


    And yes, I'm afraid I do have something against NB. :p
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    I'm finding Mac versions and all sorts of other downloads (games, clean yer PC, etc., etc.) on the same pages, but no GoodreaderUSB for the PC. Can someone offer a definite link?
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    You don't want to do (a). That's 'cause the .exe file is running off of that stick and you won't be able to (safely) remove it from the system. Or, at least my Windows 7 machine says "This device currently in use. Close any programs..." blah, blah, blah. I should imagine that, at least, you'd crash the GoodReaderUSB.exe file. At worst, you might fry your flash drive trying to remove it without properly ejecting it.

    You can do (b) if you have two USB ports (one for your stick, one for the iPad cable). That way, you are not installing anything on the computer. 'Cause, once you are done mucking about, you close the .exe file, eject your flash drive and walk away. Nothing is left on the computer behind you.

    You can also do (c), though not with, as you pointed out, systems that IT folk have locked down or don't want you installing stray programs on.

    Your best bet is (b) - again, so long as you have two ports.

    Marilyn
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    Also need to be aware that goodreaderusb will not work if Itunes is not installed on the pc.
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    Begorrah! That's a bit of a spanner in the works! Thanks for the tip. Do you know how recent the version of iTunes has to be?
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    OK, Thanks. I guess I misunderstood. I thought I could use this on a computer without iTunes. The process I see in that thread says that the computer has to have iTunes loaded on it. I want this for a separate computer (that I can't put iTunes on because it is #6).
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    Ack! How'd I miss that part (sees dream of using iPad in college computer labs float away.....).

    Drat.

    Aw well, there's still Dropbox...

    Marilyn
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    Yes it's a real downer :(


    Regarding the version of Itunes, I'm afraid I don't know, as I installed the latest version and haven't tried earlier versions.
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    What does that mean?
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    no there isn't. i just deleted all of my apps on my iPad when i connected it to a new computer 2 days ago.
    i had no warning, all i got was emptied iPad.
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    You can have only 5 authorized computers for each iTunes account. As many idevices as you want, but only 5 computers.
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    Aargh! Here I was thinking that any computer I want to do the GoodReaderUSB thing with just needs to have iTunes installed on it. But now you're telling me that they have to be authorized?

    I think I need to go back and read that original thread in its entirety.
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    Loving goodreaderusb :)

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