Currently Being ModeratedApr 20, 2012 3:14 PM (in response to Kristencap)
Backing up first is always best. You can backup the iPhone in iTunes. Select the device, and you should see the option available.
Your computer with its new hard drive needs EVERYTHING from your old computer (software, files etc). If your new hard drive data was cloned onto the new one, then all would be fine when you connect to the computer.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 20, 2012 4:17 PM (in response to sandra beliz)
sandra beliz wrote:
What if I don't have a back up from my stuff in the old computer, for ex because it had a serious problem and I lost everything?
FYI, that is not a valid reason for not having a backup. In fact, that is the reason you should be making backups on a regular basis to begin with.
This topic is addressed on pretty much a daily basis here. Search the forums, you'll see hundreds of posts on the same topic.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 20, 2012 4:38 PM (in response to KiltedTim)
Thank you for your comment but I regret to say You didn't help at all. Of course I checked prior for an answer in the foruns but I didn't find it. That's why I opened this query. Beside unfortunatelly not everybody knows how to do everything all the time and what is the
point of blaming me know for something that I cannot change? Isn't this community a way to help? Of course next time I will do back up but I did of everything except itunes because I was doing the security copies in iclouds and I thought I was safe that way. Apparently not...
When I changed from iphone 3gs to 4 I was still doing back up in the pc and itunes and it was easy. But then I started to do it in iclouds. I thought it would be the same. Apparently it's not...
So can someone please help me? Thanks in advance
Currently Being ModeratedApr 20, 2012 4:53 PM (in response to sandra beliz)
Is it a new computer? Or a new hard drive? (I'm not clear on that).
I assume it's a new hard drive into an existing computer and you have lost all your data on the computer.
Yes what is on your iPhone is still there and when you try to sync to iTunes, since it thinks it is a new device, it will ask you if you want to transfer your purchases to the new computer. But before you DO ... you SHOULD back up your iPhone to iTunes or to the cloud.
Select your iPhone on the left (under devices). At the top .. (the menu) you should see Summary. When that is selected ... you should be able to see BACKUP options.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 20, 2012 5:19 PM (in response to ginginca)
Yes it is a new computor and when I connect the iphone with the itunes what appears is a window saying that this iphone is already syncronized with another library...(the one of the old and death computer). So if i move forward with the sync it will replace what I have in the iphone by what is in this new empty library of the itunes installed in the new computer. The computer is Acer, not Mac. I never stopped doing the backup's in iclouds...
Currently Being ModeratedApr 20, 2012 5:42 PM (in response to sandra beliz)
Since you seem to have completely hijacked this thread out from under the original poster:
You can moved purchased media and apps from the phone to iTunes. File>transfer purchases. If you have at least one entry in Windows Address Book or Outlook you can merge the contacts when you set up the sync. If you have your contacts synced to iCloud or another cloud service, then you will get them back when you set up the account on the phone.
Have you been backing up the phone to iCloud? If not, you need to set that up on the phone and perform a backup to iCloud BEFORE you try to set it up. If you do, you can restore the app data from iCloud.
If you have media that came from anywhere other than the iTunes store, you will need to purchase 3rd party software to extract the music from your phone. You can not sync that music from the phone to the computer. Media sync is 1 way.
Buy an external hard drive (they're cheap) and set up regular backups of your computer. Computers fail. It's a fact of life. It's not a question of if your hard drive will fail, it's a question of when.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 20, 2012 6:07 PM (in response to KiltedTim)
Thank you ;) Yes I have been backing up in iclouds. So I won't loose contacts, mails and notes and other docs?
About the purchased apps, I got it! About the music, do you suggest any other software? I should download it to the computer right? Would it allow me after to transfer the musics to itunes?
What about the pictures?
About the back up, of course... Never do the same mistake twice... But would it be different if now my new computer was a Mac?
Once again thank you for your patient and I am sorry for my ignorance in these subjects...
All the best!