Hard drive wiped out, how to sync iPod Touch to new OS

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by erndomondo, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. erndomondo macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2010
    My graphics card had to be replaced and the hard drive was wiped out and the original os restored. I am a songwriter with a bunch of song bits recorded in my ipod touch voice memos. What is the best way to save the contents of my ipod- music, voice memos, pics and video? I'm afraid that if I hook up the sync cable, my ipod content will be eaten. Is there hope?
  2. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    Your iPod Touch will only do automatic management on the install of iTunes it was authorized on. So it won't wipe it if you've just reinstalled iTunes as it'll see it as a new computer. So go ahead and connect it and move your memos off. :)
  3. erndomondo thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2010
    Thanks Jessica. I am about to jump from the original Tiger os to the new Mountain Lion, which will wipe me clean again. So, when I hook up my ipod touch to the new os, then I will be able to transfer my ipod contents to the macbooks new os and new itunes?
  4. iLLUMI macrumors 6502

    Aug 1, 2012
    Hi erndomondo,
    If you want to copy your files from iPod to Mac then you will need a third party program to do this.
    When I went from Windows PC to MAC that's what I had to do. I also bought an iPod Nano with music preinstalled and wanted to keeps that music prior to synching/wiping the Nano, so I used a program called iRip.

    There are a few of these programs around so I suggest to try out the demo versions and see which one(s) suit you before purchasing. Or you may be lucky to find one that does the job for free, or the demo version may allow you to copy all your files (there's usually a limitation on the number of files allowed when in Demo mode).

    Good luck! :)
  5. SomeDudeAsking macrumors 65816

    Nov 23, 2010
    Actually there is no straight forward answer to this because of the convoluted way that iTunes and iOS sync things. Some things on your ipod will get wiped out when you sync it to the new computer. In particular, synced photos, music, and videos will get wiped out unless they already exist on the new computer. I hope you have backups or you will have a nightmare because Apple doesn't let you copy synced media off iOS devices.
  6. erndomondo thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2010

    Yeh. Thanks everyone. To Somedudeasking, the folks at Apple assured me I would lose my ipod content. I really should've upgraded os by os instead of jumping to the new one, but who knew my graphics card would fry?
    I do have the slow, but sure option of emailing my voice notes, one at a time to my gmail acount and I backed up my song catalogue but later realized that I only saved "A" through "J". Live and learn, back up and upgrade as it happens. Thanks ya'll, Merry Christmas! Erndomondo
  7. MAKRUMORS macrumors newbie

    Dec 2, 2012
  8. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040


    Aug 24, 2012
    New York, USA
  9. erndomondo thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2010
    ipod to mac

    Thanks, everyone, Zmanbaseball2, looks like that sharepod link will do the trick. I'm a songwriter and I have a ton of snippets on my ipod voice notes.
    Thanks again, erndomondo

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