Currently Being ModeratedNov 10, 2012 4:17 PM (in response to victor99)
I might be missing the problem here. Can you not sync your iPad to your Mac? It would be the almost the same as doing it on your Windows machine.
Plug in iPad
Wait for iPad icon to appear in left sidebar
Left-click iPad, choose sync or backup
wait until sync/backup finished
click eject icon by iPad icon
You can also backup to iCloud if you are running iOS 5 or iOS 6 (and running Lion or Mt. Lion on your Macbook)
Currently Being ModeratedNov 10, 2012 4:24 PM (in response to victor99)
Here's a pertinent article. It's called "iOS: How to transfer or sync content to your computer"
Of course, one option is you could upgrade your iPad over the air. You could go to Settings > General > Software Update and go from there.
But it would be good to have a backup of all your stuff somewhere. So yes, if I were you, I would use the Mac.
Expect to be hit with questions during the process saying "Your device is already synced with a different computer...".
Currently Being ModeratedNov 10, 2012 4:30 PM (in response to victor99)
I also should maybe have mentioned that while I don't have music purchased in iTunes, I do have music uploaded from my PC, but I can manage that the same way as photos: reuploading the files, if necessary. Same with videos taken on a separate camera and processed for inclusion on the iPad.
Interestingly, now that I've started the sync, it's going to use more space than before I started the sync. I suppose this is because iTunes, in its infinite wisdom, chose a photos directory with a ton of photos in it. I'd rather it have started with an empty folder. Oh, well. I can fix that later.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 10, 2012 4:34 PM (in response to victor99)
You dictate which directory iTunes uses to get its photos from your Mac. When your iPad is connected, click on the iPad's icon on the left of iTunes, then Photos on the top right. The directions for how to perform the sync are below.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 10, 2012 4:35 PM (in response to sberman)
Thanks. I wonder why I didn't find that article in a search. Reading it, I realize I want to keep my notes. I hope they don't get lost during the current sync. I had set up notes to sync on iCloud, but I think that didn't happen because you have to turn backup to iCloud on. When I tried that, I got a message stating that nothing would sync to the computer any longer, so I canceled.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 10, 2012 4:40 PM (in response to sberman)
I was aware of that. I'm just surprised that it chose as a default a directory that already had 4656 photos in it. I'd rather have started with one specific to the iPad, as I did with the Windows 7 machine. I guess Apple figured I'd want all my photos, and that I stored them all where they think I should store them. That's fine. I can change that.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 10, 2012 5:06 PM (in response to victor99)
OK. I have completed the sync. So I clicked on the tab to update my iPad to 6.0.1, and I still get the message:
"There are purchased items on the iPad "my ipad's name" that
have not been transferred to your iTunes library. You
should transfer these items to your iTunes library before
updating this iPad. Are you sure you want to continue?
Cancel Continue (I'm selecting Cancel again)
How can I find out what item(s) the message is referring to?
OK. I think this is what's going on, and this is exactly the dilemma I started out with. In iTunes on my Mac, if I click on the my iPad on the left, I get a bunch of items along the top. Only the Photos item is checked. Info*, Apps*, Music, Movies, TV Shows, Itunes U*, and Books* are unchecked. The ones with an asterisk contain something.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 10, 2012 5:33 PM (in response to victor99)
Sync Your iOS Device with a New Computer Without Losing Data
Currently Being ModeratedNov 10, 2012 6:03 PM (in response to Texas Mac Man)
Thanks for the link. Unfortunately, it doesn't work. At the point where it asks me to authorize the computer, I can't authorize it because it's already authorized. That means it also doesn't sync, so the part where I'm not supposed to panic doesn't apply to me because the apps have not synced, as described in that document.
Is there a way to unauthorize this computer and reauthorize it to get a fresh sync? Note that only pictures have been synced to my Mac since it was authorized. Everything else was synced to the computer I'm trying to wean off of.