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Daisy1972

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Hi,

I'm new to this Site and the IPAD 2 so please bear with me :)

I have a laptop where i work, Afghanistan, which i have synced my ipad to - although internet connection is quite troublesome so impossible to download movies and music from apple. When i go home, i don't take my laptop, but use the one I have at home in the UK. Not sure what I did wrong, but basically, all the stuff I had on my ipad was removed when i synced it to the laptop in the UK.
I know I can register up to 5 computers to the ipad but am not sure if this means when i hook my ipad up to either laptop that all data will remain.
Can anyone help an IT novice out please - the less jargon the better :))))))))))

Daisy
 

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Hi there Daisy and welcome.

The 5 computer rule is for your computers using iTunes rather than the actual iDevices. It's not a good idea to sync with more than one computer as you have found out. I do have a workaround for this. I make a cloned backup of the hard drive of the computer that I normally use for syncing, then just carry that HD with me, if I need to sync to a different computer I just boot from the Ext HD.

Others may have a better solution.

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Gabriel1 said:
Hi there Daisy and welcome.

The 5 computer rule is for your computers using iTunes rather than the actual iDevices. It's not a good idea to sync with more than one computer as you have found out. I do have a workaround for this. I make a cloned backup of the hard drive of the computer that I normally use for syncing, then just carry that HD with me, if I need to sync to a different computer I just boot from the Ext HD.


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That's one way of doing.

Personally, I use SugarSync to keep my library media in sync on multiple computers. As long as all the media is present and the library's GUID are the same, iTunes will happily sync on either device.

An external drive can be used for the same purpose. The important thing it to make sure you keep everything under the Music > ITunes folder in your account in sync. For windows users, I have some batch files that work for automating the external drive method, since I use it when initially setting up new computers. Unfortunately, I'm not near any of my computers with copies of the scripts right now, but I can post them later if anyone is interested.
 

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I synced my iPad2 with my Mac Power book to get songs from computer to my iPad songs were there, But i also lost my Drop Box and another program.
 

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