new mac: how to sync iphone

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by beloved84, Oct 2, 2009.

  1. beloved84 macrumors regular

    Jun 1, 2006
    My old mac died, and I just got a new mac. How do i manually sync my iphone with itunes without erasing all my data?
  2. jmann macrumors 604


    Dec 8, 2007
    bump on a log in a hole in the bottom of the sea
    Did you have a backup of your old mac? And what kind of things are you trying to retrieve?
  3. sn0warmy macrumors 6502a


    Mar 26, 2009
    Denver, CO
    Simply - you can't.

    I know I've seen work arounds for iPods. But none for an iPhone.
  4. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    You really need to find a way to get your old files and account copied from the old Mac to the new one. If you can't do that alone, try the Apple store.

    "Died" doesn't usually mean all your data is's just a little harder to get at. Probably someone else can do it for you.

    (And yes, buy an external drive and use Time Machine from now on. That'll save you this trouble next time.)
  5. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    You can transfer purchases off the phone, and you can re-download apps for free as well.

    Or pull the old drive, stick it in a cheap enclosure, and copy the stuff off it. Newertech makes a kit that doesn't need an enclosure.
  6. Bacong macrumors 68020


    Mar 7, 2009
    Westland, Michigan
    You can save everything except music (which isn't a big deal unless you didn't back it up)

    You can get contacts back by merging, transfer purchases (apps and videos, songs etc)

    I re-installed OS X this weekend and forgot about my iPhone..I was worried about contacts, but I plugged into iTunes and merged data with address book and it's all good :> I then transfered purchases (file, transfer purchases) and besides music, my phone was like it had been :)
  7. aross99 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2006
    East Lansing, MI
    If at all possible, I would pull the drive and copy the files off onto your new machine.

    I would want at least my:

    Music Folder
    Pictures Folder
    Address Book

    There are other valuable files in your user folder, but those would be the minimum I would want. You can pull the music off your iPhone with some of the third party applications, but it will be much more complete if you can get to the hard drive in your "dead" computer...

    Once you have everything, you can even use your old drive in the new external enclosure for Time Machine, and make sure you have a backup from now on...
  8. -aggie- macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
    Unless I missed something or a post, IDKY no one suggested using sharepod, which is free, or a similar program to get the music, movies, and pictures off the iPhone. You can use Funambol, also free, to upload the contacts online.
  9. The General macrumors 601

    Jul 7, 2006

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