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Question: Computer crashed, moved iPad to new PC...

I had the iPad on a PC, life was great and then it crashed. That computer is now in the trash and i have a new laptop, i installed iTunes fresh tonight and connected my iPad. It wants to erase my iPad which has all my apps on it that i don't want to lose in order to sync. It keeps prompting me to erase my iPad. How do i get around this, surely if your computer crashed and your iPad if full of data you cant be expected to give all of that up just because you switch PC's?

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iPad 64GB WiFi, iPhone OS 3.1.3

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I just went through this myself. Here's what you need to do:

1) Without connecting your iPad to your laptop, start iTunes. Click on Edit. Click on Preferences. Click on Devices. Check the box next to "Prevent your iPod etc. from automatically syncing." Click OK.

2) Now connect your iPad to your laptop and start iTunes.

3) When iTunes starts, right click on your iPad under Devices in the left column. Select Transfer purchases etc.

4) After it finishes transferring all your apps to your new laptop, right click on your iPad and select Backup your iPad.

5) After it finishes backing up your iPad, right click on your iPad and select Restore etc.

6) After it finishes restoring, left click on your iPad , then click on the Apps tab on top, and check the box next to Sync Apps, then click on Apply below.

If everything on your iPad looks good after the sync, go back and click on Edit / Preferences / Devices and UN-check the box next to Prevent your iPod etc. The only other thing you may want to check is if your contacts, bookmarks, etc. are syncing correctly now. If not, go to the Info tab after connecting and make sure you indicate which features you want to sync with what sources.

That should do it.

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May 14, 2010 11:24 PM in response to OrlandoTommy In response to OrlandoTommy

I just went through this myself. Here's what you need to do:

1) Without connecting your iPad to your laptop, start iTunes. Click on Edit. Click on Preferences. Click on Devices. Check the box next to "Prevent your iPod etc. from automatically syncing." Click OK.

2) Now connect your iPad to your laptop and start iTunes.

3) When iTunes starts, right click on your iPad under Devices in the left column. Select Transfer purchases etc.

4) After it finishes transferring all your apps to your new laptop, right click on your iPad and select Backup your iPad.

5) After it finishes backing up your iPad, right click on your iPad and select Restore etc.

6) After it finishes restoring, left click on your iPad , then click on the Apps tab on top, and check the box next to Sync Apps, then click on Apply below.

If everything on your iPad looks good after the sync, go back and click on Edit / Preferences / Devices and UN-check the box next to Prevent your iPod etc. The only other thing you may want to check is if your contacts, bookmarks, etc. are syncing correctly now. If not, go to the Info tab after connecting and make sure you indicate which features you want to sync with what sources.

That should do it.

May 14, 2010 11:24 PM

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May 15, 2010 6:47 AM in response to OrlandoTommy In response to OrlandoTommy

Orlando Tommy, you're welcome. We here at the "Unpaid User Support Team for Apple" are happy to assist you...and we even speak English.

Seriously, this is a great forum. I have had a lot of help from others solving problems I couldn't figure out, so it's my way of "paying it forward". Maybe you can do the same some time. Good luck.

May 15, 2010 6:47 AM

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Oct 7, 2011 11:41 AM in response to heshie75v In response to heshie75v

Any content that you purchase from iTunes, the App Store and iBooks will be transferred to the computer when you transfer purchases as described. This does not work for photos - only purchased content.


If you are in the U.S., you can also download purchased apps, music and TV shows again for free (if the content is stil available in the stores) as long as you use the same Apple ID and iTunes account that you used for the original purchase.

Oct 7, 2011 11:41 AM

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Nov 3, 2011 11:09 PM in response to OrlandoTommy In response to OrlandoTommy

This looks wonderful; does it transfer everything from the iPad to the computer? Previously, when computers have crashed, or wiped themselves, I have had to download third-party software in order to transfer music, playlists, etc to the pc.


I have got as far, above, as backing up the iPad, but am loathe to restore, lest I lose anything from my iPad which is working perfectly.

Nov 3, 2011 11:09 PM

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