8 Replies Latest reply: Jun 19, 2012 5:35 AM by Ingo2711
CraigOS26 Level 1 Level 1

iPhone 4 on a new Win 7 computer: I've Authorized the Acct, Transferred Store-bought Apps, and made a Backup - That's ALL.

NOTE: Apple software is as intuitive to me as the Chinese alphabet.

 

The OS Update pop-up states all Apps, Media, store-bought stuff will BE DELETED and To Update on the computer where I Sync apps, music, photos, videos.

 

MY BIG FEAR is the recollection that you can ERASE KEY FILES, photos, etc. on an iPhone by (something like) Syncing when One Side is EMPTY (Win 7)  and the other

( the iPhone) is full of data - and I DON'T remember the SAFE Sync solution.

 

My questions are as follows:

1.   Am I correct to Sync FIRST to Win 7 for the First Time and THEN Update to OS 5.1.1?

 

2. The "Manual" Sync Photos screen shows [ Sync Photos from from Public Pictures or Choose Folder ... ]; I need the Sync to go iPhone to Win 7 so HOW is

     that accomplished? Those 2 choices mean nothing to me.

 

3..  What must I do to INSURE that the 1st Sync to Win 7 does NOT ERASE the iPhone Photos, etc? / I remember something about putting just 1 photo in the

       Target Folder to Prevent iPhone Photos Erasure - BUT wouldn't know the target Path  in Explorer to put one.

 

4.  Won't a Photo cache be created with the 1st Sync and does anyone know its Exploreer Path in Win 7?

 

MANY THANKS for any Help offered!!!


iPhone 4, iOS 4.3.1
Solved by CraigOS26 on Jun 19, 2012 4:45 AM Solved

We managed to get everything done with all the help offered and appreciate the kindness.

 

All the Best!

  • Ingo2711 Level 7 Level 7
    expertise.iphone
    iPhone

    Syncing to a new iTunes library or computer will erase your iPhone. Only if you back up your device manually before syncing, you can restore it from that backup again. A manual backup does not include the sync process.

    Do this:

     

    Disable autosync in iTunes, connect your iPhone to your new computer and right click on it in the device list and choose backup. iTunes will backup your iPhone without syncing.

    Transfer your purchases the same way, choosing "transfer purchases" this time.

     

    When you connect your iPhone for the first time, all media content will be erased. But you can restore your settings and app data from your manual backup afterwards.

     

    Don't forget to set up at least one contact and event on your new computer to be able to merge calendars and contacts when you sync the iPhone for the first time.

     

    Music is one way only, from the computer to your device, unless you bought the songs in itunes and transferred your purchases.

    There is 3rd party software out there, but not supported by Apple, see this thread:http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2013615&tstart=0

     

     

    About backups and what's saved: iTunes: About iOS backups

    How to back up and restore:http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1414

    How to download apps for free again:http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2519

    Saving other data is also described here. How to back up your data and set up as a new device

    User tip by wjosten: Syncing to a "New" Computer or replacing a "crashed" Hard Drive

     

    This is the article about the photo cache:

    iTunes: Understanding the iPod Photo Cache folder

  • randers4 Level 9 Level 9

    As far as photos...

     

    The sync process does not sync photos from the phone to your iTunes library; it only syncs photos from your computer to your phone.  (The sync process only imports camera roll photos as part of the backup process.)  If you have photos on your phone that you want to be able to store and view on your computer, you must import these as you would from any digital camera (see http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4083).  When you import your photos an iPod photo cache will be created (normally in the Pictures library in Win 7).  To prevent accidental syncing while you're importing your photos, before connecting your phone to your computer, open iTunes and go to Preferences and on the Devices tab check "Prevent....from syncing automatically".

  • CraigOS26 Level 1 Level 1

    Really appreciate Both your replies and help; I didn't even remember which Device was doing the Importing, so I was afraid to do anything.

     

    Will re-educate myself via your information / links -

     

    All the Best!

  • CraigOS26 Level 1 Level 1

    Ingo (Your Reply ) / Anybody:

     

    When you connect your iPhone for the first time, all media content will be erased. But you can restore your settings and app data from your manual backup afterwards. 

    ---- Via Restore? No music or Videos; Only Photos matter.

     

    Don't forget to set up at least one contact and event on your new computer to be able to merge calendars and contacts when you sync the iPhone for the first time.

    ---- There is No Outlook on this computer (ie) Contacts (need to keep) - Calendar (irrelevant);

    What happens to iPhone's Contacts when the 1st Sync is done with Nothing in Win 7 side?

  • ED3K Level 4 Level 4

    Sigh.... Just follow these steps and your set https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-3141

  • Ingo2711 Level 7 Level 7
    expertise.iphone
    iPhone

    Photos taken with the phone are part of the backup, so they will be restored after iTunes erased your phone and asked you if you want to use the latest backup to restore your info from.

     

    Maybe think about syncing your contacts to iCloud to save them, if you don't use the address book on your computer.

    iCloud: Backup and restore overview

  • CraigOS26 Level 1 Level 1

    We managed to get everything done with all the help offered and appreciate the kindness.

     

    All the Best!

  • Ingo2711 Level 7 Level 7
    expertise.iphone
    iPhone

    You're welcome, glad it worked