128996 Views 43 Replies Latest reply: Aug 11, 2013 1:33 PM by VWlover
Currently Being ModeratedApr 28, 2010 3:29 AM (in response to powerweb11)I get this problem too - it appears to continue to sync for a while, but I have problems with deleting files on the iphone and various inconsistencies. How did you find the diagnostic you ran?Dell, Windows Vista
Currently Being ModeratedApr 30, 2010 4:01 PM (in response to powerweb11)Go to the Help tab on top and run diagnostic at the bottom. When you are done with the diagnostic it gives you the option to save a copy.Personlized, AMD Quad core
Currently Being ModeratedMay 9, 2010 4:14 AM (in response to powerweb11)I had the same problem and fixed it.
"The iPhone cannot be synced. An error occurred while writing to the device."
I think it is caused by downloading too many apps, or large apps, and then when syncing over USB it doesn't recognise the iPhone and you get "The iPhone cannot be synced. An error occurred while writing to the device."
To fix this:
1. Ensure iTunes is closed & iPhone is disconnected but keep USB cable connected to iPhone
2. hold down CTRL + SHIFT on your keyboard
3. connect USB cable to PC and wait. If iTunes doesn't start for a minute then start it (keeping hold of CTRL + SHIFT)
4. if it wont let you start iTunes or all your icons are selected then release CTRL + SHIFT
5. when iTunes starts it may ask you about safe mode or something similar, say yes
6. Your iPhone should list as a device as normal, click sync.
It will then start the sync as normal and you may find it will transfer only one or two apps and you may get the dreaded error message again as I did. However, persist with the above steps and eventually it sync'd all my apps with no error message. Because I have only just done this I haven't downloaded any more apps so it might be a frequent thing but better than the error message.iPhone 3GS, iPhone OS 3.1.3
Currently Being ModeratedJun 2, 2010 6:52 PM (in response to powerweb11)I've found out why this happens
1: The Cord you are using to connect the phone is messed up, borrow another one to test or buy a new one.
2: for some reason you have a faulty USB port. It may work with other items (HDD's, printers etc) but you will get the error when trying to use iTunes with that port. Choose another port.
3:Make sure your USB drivers are updated and see 2.
Hope this helps.PC, iPhone OS 3.1.3, Windows 7 x64
Currently Being ModeratedJun 15, 2010 4:16 PM (in response to Ragewind)Negative... that didn't work. Tried 2 different iPhone USB cables on 2 different ports and I get the same error message.
I know it's not the cables because Windows XP recognizes the iPhone and iTunes recognizes the iPhoneAntec 900, Windows XP Pro
Currently Being ModeratedJun 23, 2010 7:22 PM (in response to Sarge1024)After several versions of iTunes and a year of not being able to Sync my iPhone with my x86 version of iTunes, I finally got it to fully sync. I have been attempting to sync via a USB cable through a fully loaded USB hub. I switched the cable from the hub to the USB port on the computer itself and it's finally syncing!!! I think the issue could be one of three things; 1) syncing through a hub (this one was powered), 2) syncing through a fully loaded hub, or 3) a sporadically faulty hub that mostly manifests itself through large data transfers.
I hope this helps!
Garyx86, Windows XP
Currently Being ModeratedJul 10, 2010 3:39 AM (in response to powerweb11)I ended up getting assistance from Applecare. One of my problems was that I thought they were referring to a real disk, rather than a virtual disk (music). Also I had a new computer and the builder hadn't told me where the audible files were. Turned out they were stored in three different places in the old computer (the audible files decide this). So, my beloved iPhone now has OS4 and is behaving itself. Recommend Applecare. I think Apple need to give clearer instructions about this problem, not to mention the dreaded exclamation mark.iPhone 3GS, iOS 4, PC
Currently Being ModeratedJul 13, 2010 10:05 PM (in response to powerweb11)I was having the same problem until i plugged the apple usb right to the computer. Dont use an extention usb from your computer then to the apple usb. That worked for me anyway. Hope that helps.dell, Windows XP
Currently Being ModeratedJul 14, 2010 5:32 PM (in response to Ragewind)YES!!! thanks so much! I was using a modified 1G cradle because it ****** me off that they changed the shape just enough to force us to buy all new accessories. just using the cable w/o cradle eliminated this error message. One more error message to go...iPhone 1G, 3G, Mac Book Pro, iPod mini, iPhone OS 3.1.3
Currently Being ModeratedAug 4, 2010 10:31 AM (in response to powerweb11)I had a similar problem after moving my iTunes library from my PC to my Macbook by backing up to DVD. If I removed the DVD from the drive and then plugged in the iPhone, I'd see this error. I was able to make it go away by running File>Library>Organize Library...>Consolidate. There must've been some reference to the physical DVD.Macbook, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
Currently Being ModeratedSep 4, 2010 9:03 AM (in response to powerweb11)I had this problem. I eventually solved it by switching the phone off completely and rebooting it. Perhaps I had too many apps open at the same time when trying to sync initially.iMac G5, Mac OS X (10.5.8), iPhone 3Gs with OS 4.0
Currently Being ModeratedSep 21, 2010 9:30 PM (in response to Roland_F)Looks like this can happen in multiple scenarios. For my what seems to have happened was the fact that I got a new computer and had not sync'ed up my phone with the old computer in a long time. When I connected my iPhone to the new computer, I was also prompted to upgrade to iOS 4.1. I did so, and my phone ended up with the default apps. When it started syncing, it tried to move the apps that were in the new hard drive into the phone and it failed.
To fix my issue, I synced back with the old computer and got all my apps back in the phone. Then I synced again with the new computer and, after Googling for a while, right clicked on the phone icon in the right column and chose to "Transfer purchases". They sync is happening right now and it seems to be chugging along.
Best luck to all of you...2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
Currently Being ModeratedOct 11, 2010 12:10 PM (in response to Ragewind)This works !
I had the same problem .. i deleted a few apps, took cd out of drive used a new cable (mine was fudged) and used a different usb port ..
Something changed it lol
Currently Being ModeratedOct 19, 2010 11:54 AM (in response to powerweb11)After running the diagnostic utility, I unplugged my iOS4 3gs phone, plugged it back in, and it seems to be running like a champ. Not sure if you did this or not, but the 5 apps I had deleted reinstalled to my phone, and everything else imported perfectly.Handmande, Windows 7