3 Replies Latest reply: Jan 6, 2009 9:04 PM by Gamedude6
Gamedude6 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
So every once in a while, i completely wipe my hard drive and reinstall Leopard. It helps me delete all the junk i don't need and it gives my iMac a big speed boost.
This time around, i plan on backing up these:
- Address Book Contacts (They will be on my iPhone, so i will just sync them back)
- All my music ( I just copy over the whole "iTunes Music" Folder)
- Any Documents
- iPhoto Library File
- Any TV Shows, Movie files, etc

But when i copy all these back over onto what will be an "out of the box" mac, what will happen when i connect my iPhone to iTunes?

Will I have to resync all the options? If i have all the files that were synced before back onto this computer and in iTunes I don't see that as being too big of a problem

But how will iTunes react?

New iMac 24" 2.4GHz, Mac OS X (10.5)
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,370 points)
    Your iPhone will detect your computer as a new or different computer. Even after restoring the same iTunes library from your backup and after re-authorizing your computer with the same iTunes account with iTunes, all iTunes content and photos transferred from your computer before wiping your hard drive and re-installing Leopard will be erased from your iPhone first when syncing.

    You need to enter one contact in the Address Book and one calendar event in iCal on your Mac before syncing contact info and calendar events. Make these up if needed, which can be deleted later. This will provide a merge prompt when syncing this data, which you want to select.

    Or you can export your Address Book contacts and all iCal calendars and events and restore the Address Book and iCal from the backup.

    At the Address Book menu bar go to File > Export and select Address Book Archive.

    At the iCal menu bar, go to File and select Back Up iCal.

    You can restore each from the backup created. You may want to do this in case something goes wrong with the sync process for this data.
  • neuroanatomist Level 7 Level 7 (31,690 points)
    Allan Sampson wrote:
    Your iPhone will detect your computer as a new or different computer. Even after restoring the same iTunes library from your backup and after re-authorizing your computer with the same iTunes account with iTunes, all iTunes content and photos transferred from your computer before wiping your hard drive and re-installing Leopard will be erased from your iPhone first when syncing.


    Just an interesting follow up, Allan, since this is the response I would have given. A week ago, I upgraded my MBP from Tiger to Leopard via Erase & Install. Prior to the upgrade, I de-authorized the computer in iTunes. From my bootable clone backup of the Tiger system, I copied over my iTunes folder (including the Mobile Applications), my iPhoto Library, etc (I did not use Migration Assistant). I restored the contents of Address Book and iCal with backups saved out on the Tiger system. I also copied the contents of ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync (where the iPhone backups are stored). I did not copy over the iTunes .plist files from the old system. I did need to reinstall iTunes after the install of iLife '08 and the 10.5.6 combo update (failed to launch the first time). Then, once it launched, I re-authorized the computer and signed into my iTunes account, and checked the Preferences box to show Applications (all of them were present). I downloaded available updates for a couple of the apps, and also bought a song and added it to one of the playlists synced to the iPhone. I also opened iPhoto to let it update the library.

    Finally, I connected my iPhone, expecting the warning message about all my music, etc, being deleted. Instead, iTunes backed up the iPhone and synced as usual. The only exception was that in the Info tab, all the items (contacts, calendar, bookmarks) were UNchecked. Music, photos, apps, etc., were all left intact on the iPhone. The new song I had added downloaded to the phone, but only that song. The apps that had updates were updated. That was it. I checked the boxes on the Info tab, re-synced, and that was that. I was surprised, but in a good way...
  • Gamedude6 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for the great tip on exporting my Address Book

    That was my main concern

    I've done transfers of my music and photos plenty of times, but it was the actual phone content i was afraid of messing up.

    Hopefully it'll all go smoothly, and my iMac will be running even faster yet again.
    Just in time for iLife and iWork 09!