6 Replies Latest reply: Nov 5, 2009 4:39 PM by LizTC
LizTC Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
When I wasn't looking my 3 year old went into my notes app on my iPod and deleted all of my notes! I had recently backed up my iPod. How do I get my notes back? I'm worried that if I plug in my iPod now, it'll delete the records from wherever it's backed up at. Help, please!

iBook G4, Mac OS X (10.4.7)
  • LizTC Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    anyone?
  • Judie Edwards Level 4 Level 4 (3,410 points)
    Hi Liz,

    If it were me, (and a few years ago it would have been me, my twin boys could destroy anything as toddlers) I would go to my "Mail" app on my computer and on the left sidebar I would choose Reminders-->Notes, then I would copy all my notes and save them, maybe to an email to myself. Only then would I connect my iPod Touch to iTunes, let it backup and sync. Then, I would disconnect the iPod and copy/paste my notes from that email back into "Notes". At this point I could reconnect and backup and sync again.

    There is a great little app called SimpleNote for $1.99 that has a web backup (for FREE) that is so simple. Google Simplenote and you'll find rave reviews. That way your notes are always saved.

    http://www.simplenoteapp.com/faq.html

    Judie

    I just noticed you are using Tiger. I hope this works for you. If you have been able to create and backup your notes to "Mail" previously, then it should work.

    Message was edited by: Judie Edwards
  • Frederick Avolio Level 3 Level 3 (935 points)
    While I am all for backing up, and I'd go ahead and do that, I'd not mail them to yourself of anything like that.

    I would fired up iTunes with the iPod plugged in. I would go to the iPod "Info" Tab. Under Advanced, I would check Notes, under Replace information on this iPod. This tells it "Don't sync -- replace what is on the iPod with what is on the computer."

    -fred
  • Judie Edwards Level 4 Level 4 (3,410 points)
    Hi Fred,

    If Liz connects her iPod to iTunes, during the initial sync/backup her now "blank notes" on her iPod will replace her notes in Mail, which is what she wants to preserve. She won't have the opportunity to reset her options until AFTER her notes in Mail (on her Mac) have already been wiped out.

    She could do as you said AFTER she gets those notes saved, thus preventing this from happening again. My suggestion to email them to herself is just one of way to save them. Maybe overkill, but it works for me. I just didn't want her to connect to iTunes and lose her notes. She may have the the recipe for "whirrled peas" on there.

    Judie
  • Frederick Avolio Level 3 Level 3 (935 points)
    If you don't have it automatically sync when you plug it in, it will not sync until you tell it to. I have mine set up to sync only when I click Sync.

    -fred
  • LizTC Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    I'm not sure if you understood exactly what I was getting at, Judie. My notes were already gone. My son had gotten into the app and deleted all of them. My husband emails his notes to himself but I hadn't gotten around to it. Fred's instructions actually worked perfectly. It was actually a bunch of to-do lists and my notes from my history of photography class. Thanks, both of you.