1 Reply Latest reply: Jun 23, 2008 6:04 PM by Allan Sampson
Marvin JS Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I am hoping that someone might be able to help me with this problem. My hard drive on my MacBook malfunctioned and needed to be replaced. On my iPhone, I have several hundred pictures that were on my other hard drive, and when I tried to sync with iTunes, it turns out that any syncing of photos with iPhoto would wipe out the pics on my iPhone in favor for what is on the new HD. Needless to say, that is not something I want to do.

I was told that this is not an iTunes issue, but rather either a MacBook or iPhone issue.

Is there a way to get the photos (do I need hardware, do I need special cords) from my iPhone to my MacBook? I am a recent convert to Mac from PC so any assistance would be very greatly appreciated.

iPhone 1.1.3, Mac OS X (10.4.11), iTunes 7.6; MacBook
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,385 points)
    The sync process for photos transferred from your computer to your iPhone is in one direction only - from your computer to your iPhone. Photos transferred from your computer are treated in the same way as iTunes content - in one direction only. Photos transferred from your computer to your iPhone are optimized for viewing on your iPhone - the original resolution of these photos is changed during the transfer process. Even if you are able to recover these photos, the original resolution of these photos will be permanently lost.

    There may be a 3rd party utility that provides for this, which isn't supported by Apple.

    Hard drives can experience a partial or complete failure at any time, which is why maintaining a backup of your important data stored on an external drive used for backup purposes only is so important. The iPhone is not designed or intended to be a backup device, and shouldn't be regarded as such.