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IOS 4.2 - where did my notes go ?!??!

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fyngyrz Calculating status...
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Nov 22, 2010 3:11 PM
iPad. Upgraded from latest v3.x to 4.2;

I opened notes, and it just says "new note"

I have a LOT of notes, I use the heck out of them - help? Are they gone forever (in which case, head explodes), or am I missing something?

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  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (11,010 points)
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    Nov 22, 2010 3:12 PM (in response to fyngyrz)
    No need for concern. Time Machine will rescue you.
  • PogoPossum Level 4 Level 4 (2,505 points)
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    Nov 22, 2010 3:45 PM (in response to fyngyrz)
    You're not talking to Apple. You're talking to a group of users, who volunteer to help each other. A bit of politeness would get you further, instead of "Helloooooo, where's my data!!!"

    But I would recommend that you
    1) see if your notes are on your desktop computer. If so, copy them into a safe duplicate location.
    2) Resync your ipad with your computer and see if the notes sync back onto your iPad.

    Did you do a full back-up of your iPad before installing the update? If so, you should also be able to get them back by restoring to the back-up.
    iOS 4, iPhone 3GS, 16 GB wifi iPad, creaking Dell on XP
  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (11,010 points)
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    Nov 22, 2010 3:47 PM (in response to fyngyrz)
    You should be able to use Time Machine to restore your notes to your Mac. Then sync to get them onto th iPad.
  • mauijiminar Level 4 Level 4 (1,605 points)
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    Nov 22, 2010 3:48 PM (in response to fyngyrz)
    DId you back up your i phone before the update? My notes are all there. Sorry you lost them.
    2.66 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.6.3), I Phone 3Gs, iPad wi fi 64 gb, Apple TV Airport Express, Time Capsule
  • PogoPossum Level 4 Level 4 (2,505 points)
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    Nov 22, 2010 6:01 PM (in response to fyngyrz)
    While there are Apple employees who read and post in this forum, they do not provide official technical support nor represent Apple in any way while posting.

    I've only synched notes with Outlook, not the sticky notes. Are you referring to the iPad notes App, or a third party app?

    I'm not sure if the backup will restore 3.2.2 or not - I've never done it while between operating systems. However, of youve lost your notes and can't find them anyplace else, and really need them, it's worth it to restore the old backup and get your notes back, and then worry about updating.
    iOS 4, iPhone 3GS, 16 GB wifi iPad, creaking Dell on XP
  • crh24 Level 3 Level 3 (920 points)
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    Nov 22, 2010 7:44 PM (in response to fyngyrz)
    Notes have changed with the update. They are now account specific. If you open the Mail app on your Mac and look under "Reminders/Notes/On my Mac" you should find your old notes--providing you haven't somehow deleted them with your multiple syncs.

    I use MobileMe which makes it very easy--my notes are always synced to all of my iDevices--but if you do not use MobileMe you can sync notes on the iPad. Examine "settings/Mail, Contacts, Calendars/account" for one of your email accounts. You should have a slider that enables/disables notes for that account. After enabling notes if you execute the Mail app again and copy all of the notes from "On My Mac" to "XXX" where XXX is the account name found under Reminders/Notes.

    For example, I have an email account named "MyMail" where I receive email on both the Mac and the iPad. On the iPad when I look at the settings for that account and turn on the Notes slider then execute the Notes app on the iPad I see an account named "MyMail" with a Notes selection below it.

    On the Mac when I execute Mail.app I see Reminders/Notes/MyMail. Any notes that I create/place in that folder will be synced to the iPad when I manually sync.

    Of course, after going to MobileMe that is all taken care of automatically for my MobileMe account so I have moved all of my notes to the MobileMe area and no longer have notes enabled under the other email accounts I have on the iPad/iMac.
    24" iMac 3.06GHz 1TB-HD 8GB-DRAM; AirPort Extreme; AirPort Express, Mac OS X (10.6.4), 13" MBP 4GB 2.53GHz; iPhone 4 32GB; 64GB iPad 3G 3.2.2; ATV2
  • crh24 Level 3 Level 3 (920 points)
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    Nov 23, 2010 9:09 AM (in response to crh24)
    I'll add one more thing to my post—the user guide covers notes. There is a bookmark entry in Safari on the iPad that will take you to the iPad 4.x user guide.

    Here is the link

    http://help.apple.com/ipad/4/interface/
    24" iMac 3.06GHz 1TB-HD 8GB-DRAM; AirPort Extreme; AirPort Express, Mac OS X (10.6.4), 13" MBP 4GB 2.53GHz; iPhone 4 32GB; 64GB iPad 3G 3.2.2; ATV2
  • pka4916 Calculating status...
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    Nov 23, 2010 9:17 AM (in response to fyngyrz)
    I cannot sync notes at all in V3.x or V4.x
    Using a windows PC, and did notice in Itunes, where I have the Notes checked
    I do not see anything in the window underneath it.

    but also was reading that this is Windows 64 bits problem (??)
    with 32 bits it's working fine...
    So I guess it might never be fixed(?)
    waiting now for 6 months for a fix.
    Ipad 64Gb Win7 64bits, Windows 7
  • jeffik13 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 29, 2010 3:49 AM (in response to pka4916)
    I have been unable to sync note with outlook 2003 since I upgraded to 4.0. Had an open case with Apple. The front line people tried many things. They escalated it to the engineers. They asked some silly questions, then all communication stopped.
    IBM Lenovo X61
  • Williac Calculating status...
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    Nov 29, 2010 4:05 AM (in response to fyngyrz)
    I still have all my notes, what I've lost is all my sound effects!
    I pad, iOS 4
  • igmackenzie Level 4 Level 4 (2,275 points)
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    Nov 29, 2010 5:23 AM (in response to Williac)
    You've probably got what was the 'screen lock' switch on. This is now a system sound mute switch.
     iPhone 3GS 32Gb iOS 4.2.1,  iPad 32Gb 3G iOS 4.2.1
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