4 Replies Latest reply: Sep 10, 2012 9:13 AM by doncht
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Got a new laptop and want to start using it with my iPhone. Right now, all my info, songs, books, pics, etc are on my desktop. Is there a way to copy the last back up to my laptop so I don't lose everything as soon as I attach my iPhone to my laptop? Also, I copied, by USB, all the songs from my itunes library on my desktop to my laptop, and now they don't work on my laptop?  :/ Anybody able to suggest anything? Thanks.

iPhone 4, iOS 5.1.1
Solved by whatheck on Sep 10, 2012 9:13 AM Solved

This Apple doc provides the location of your iPhone backup -> iTunes: About iOS backups

Where iTunes backups are stored on your computer

The folder where your backup data are stored varies depending on the computer's operating system.   Make sure the backup folder is included in your periodic data-backup routine.

iTunes places the backup files in the following places:

  • Mac~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/
  • Windows XP:  \Documents and Settings\(username)\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\
    Note: To quickly access the Application Data folder, click Start, and choose Run. Type %appdata% and click OK.
  • Windows Vista and Windows 7:  \Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\
    Note: To quickly access the AppData folder, click Start. In the search bar, type %appdata% and press the Return key.


For more info about moving your music to the new computer, see this -> iTunes: How to move your music to a new computer


Also, you'll have to move your photos over manually, iTunes has to do the one-way street syncing of potentially coyprighted data. It does allow you to transfer iTunes Store purchases that haven't been moved to your new computer though.