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Changing Sync Computer

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Graycove Calculating status...
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Jun 25, 2010 1:11 PM
I'm currently syncing my iPad to a G5 iMac. Monday I'll be receiving a Macbook Pro. Any problems with switching the iPad to the new computer? I poked around a bit but couldn't seem to find this subject covered. Hoping someone could point me in the right direction. Thanks.
  • lllaass Level 10 Level 10 (135,380 points)
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    Jun 25, 2010 2:07 PM (in response to Graycove)
    An iPad (and other i's) can only be synced to one computer. When switching computers the new computer will give you a warning boox that says if you sync everthing on the iPad will be erased and replaced with everthing on your new computer.

    Thus, you have to move all you stuff to your new computer. Most stuff will move if you do Home Sharing. However, some people say that paid apps will not share. But, you can re-download the apps for free if you log into your account. You will get box that says you already downloaded it and do you want to do it again. When you do it again you will get a receipt for $0.00.

    You also might be able to just move your library. Just makes sure you backup incase something bad happens.
  • dwb Level 6 Level 6 (19,705 points)
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    Jun 25, 2010 2:16 PM (in response to Graycove)
    As I started to answer this question I suddenly realized I wasn't sure But here's what I did the last time I bought a new computer:

    I synced my iPhone to my old computer one last time and then ran TimeMachine one last time. Next I used my external TimeMachine drive with Migration Assistant to transfer everything from the old computer to the new one. That means all my apps, photos, music, and video were on the new computer.

    When I synced my phone I don't remember what happened. Logic suggests that the phone recognized it wasn't the same computer so I was forced to resync it to the new computer. Of course, I lost nothing because it had all successfully transferred to the new computer.

    Your iPad would would the same as the iPhone. Also, if you aren't using TimeMachine you can connect your two computer via FireWire Target Disk mode and use Migration Assistant that way. Hope this helps.
    20 + 24 iMac • 13" + 15" MBP, Mac OS X (10.6.4), Win7 • Hardy Heron • iPhone 3GS • Touch • iPad
  • naoto Calculating status...
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    Aug 22, 2010 7:13 PM (in response to Graycove)
    So what happened? I'm in an identical situation and I'm afraid to try to sync my ipad.
    HP, Windows Vista


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