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com/forum/itunes/syncing-your-ipod-iphone-to-a -new-itunes-library-look-here-first-42429.html ] Angry iTunes syncing questions answered here. Reformatting your computer? Switching computers? Worried that iTunes might e rase important data? This is what will be saved, what won't, how to backup and t rasfer your iTunes media, and how to save and transfer your iPhone/iPod backup f ile. I find myself answering questions such as these about every day here, so I figured why not try to consolidate everything into one post? Will iTunes import ______ from my iPhone/iPod? * Contacts: Yes (only on the first sync... see Step 5 for details) * Music: NO * Videos: NO * Pictures: NO * Bookmarks: NO * Apps: NO * App data: NO * Email: NO So you can see why it is important to BACK UP YOUR DATA REGULARLY. What to do before you sync to the "new" iTunes: 1) Save your iTunes Music Folder to secondary media (external Hard Drive, DV Ds, or a Shared Network Folder). iTunes has a feature built-in where it will bac kup your Library to DVDs without much hassle, but it might take a while to burn the DVDs depending on the size of your library. To do this go to File->Library-> Back Up to Disc. It is also relatively simple to copy the iTunes folder to an ex ternal Hard Drive. The default locations are in the locations listed below. Keep in mind, these are NOT necessarily going to include ALL of your iTunes media. I f you import music from many different locations (limewire, for instance), these files may not be in your iTunes folder. To make sure, Go to File->Library->Orga nize Library->Consolidate Files. This will grab all files not in your iTunes Mus ic folder, and put them there. * OSX: /Macintosh HD/Users/UserName/Music/iTunes * XP: C:\Documents and Settings\Users\UserName\Music\iTunes * Vista/Win7: C:\Users\UserName\Music\iTunes What to do if you cannot access this folder (as in the case of a dead comput er). You have two options: 1. If your hard drive is still functioning, you can extract it and hook i t up to another computer using an "external hard drive enclosure". Hard drives v ary too much for me to provide a link to one specific device, so it would be bes t to post here with your dead computer's details for assistance in choosing an e nclosure.
go to Store in the menu bar. To make them visible follow the directions her e. you can have 5 computers authorized for one itunes account at a time.. iPod/iPhone Settings. Springboard layout. To ensure that your contacts are transferre d to your computer. This includes (but is not limited to) App settings and data. If you find yourself in the situation where you are at your lim it of 5 authorized computers. This i ncludes music. 5) Connect your device and sync. 3) Place these backed-up files (iTunes music and iPhone/iPod backup) in thei r respective locations. but you should get plenty of hits if you google "iPod [or iphone] to computer transfer". If you're reinstalling Windows or OSX on the same machine. and save the backup file to seconda ry media. that means you are signed in. and do not have access to some you need to de-auth orize. you can only de-authorize them on the machine that you are wanting to de-authorize. Go to Store->Authorize Computer. SMS conversations. To check. If you haven't synced your device in a while. select "Merge" when iTunes displays this message: "The info rmation on this iPhone is synced with another user account. and Apps. 4) Make sure you are signed into your iTunes account in the iTunes applicati on on your computer. I don't think i can link to this software in the forums. If you see the option to "Sign in " then do it! * If you are moving to a completely new machine you will also need to "a uthorize" your computer to use any media purchased from the iTunes Store. etc. You will then have to reauthorize the computers you use.. If you are moving to a new computer. If you see the optio n to "Sign out". You can find the file here: * OSX: Macintosh HD/Users/UserName/Library/Application Support/MobileSyn c/Backup * XP: C:\Documents and Settings\UserName\Application Data\Apple Computer \MobileSync\Backup * Vista/Win7: C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Roaming\AppleComputer\MobileSync \Backup Note to windows users: The "Application Data" and "AppData" folders are both hidden from the user by default. follow the instructions here to "deauthorize all computers associated wit h your account"." . do this in iTunes so it will save your most recent settings and data. To do this. then put it back where it was. This file includes all of the data on your phone that iTunes needs to recover it to the exact condition it was in at the time of the last sync. 2) Perform a Backup of your iPhone/iPod. videos. Un fortunately.2. In total. Acquire 3rd Party software that will transfer what media you may have on your iphone/ipod to your computer. this means copy tha t stuff to your new computer.