Laptop Died, What Now For My iPhone and Pad?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by wrkactjob, Mar 9, 2012.

  1. wrkactjob macrumors 65816

    wrkactjob

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    Got home from work to see a blue screen of death with hysterical messages about Hardware Failure on my Dell ( yeah I know sorry) laptop.

    I will try to reinstall Windows 7 tonight but what future is there now for my phone and pad?....

    I guess I will have to reinstall iTunes from fresh.....have I lost everything? :eek:
     
  2. Sirolway macrumors 6502

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    Well, if you don't have a backup of your laptop ... (tut tut!).

    Options....

    a. Turn on 'Back up to iCloud' on your iDevices - this should store all your lovely content at Apple & you should get it back if you ever wipe it

    b. Don't touch your crashed Dell disk. Instead, get a new (bigger?) hard disk + an enclosure. Put the new disk in your Dell & install to that. Put your old disk in the enclosure & recover your data to the new disk (including your iTunes liibrary). Now use the old disk + enclosure as your backup drive.
    Or you could sign up to an online backup solution like DropBox 50GB, SpiderOak, Mozy, Carbonite - possibly as well as having a backup drive at home ... one backs up fast, the other backs up off site ...

    Good luck!

    Oh, and buy a Mac ;-)
     
  3. wrkactjob thread starter macrumors 65816

    wrkactjob

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    Hmmm yes since buying my wife a Macbook Air for Christmas I have been thinking of converting...

    If I take option a) and back up to iCloud will it save everything thats on my two devices (identical data)? Ie all music photos films and apps or just certain things?

    I think that there is third party software that will download everything from you i device to a new blank version of iTunes but have never used it.
     

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