Old iPad2 surprise and not a happy one.

digitalcuriosity

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Had shut down the old iPad2 a few weeks ago, today wanted to look at something on it but when I tried restarting it I got the on screen notice connect to iTunes.
I had to do a complete restart and because the OS was old 9.01 I could not use iTunes or iCloud to get all my songs pictures and files.
I am thinking if one shuts down any iPad that’s no longer supported, you lose everything as I did with my iPad2.
 

digitalcuriosity

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I have shut down iPads for months and never had this problem. Even if the battery was dead, all came back when recharged.

I think something else went wrong.
I agree i had to go through setting it up again like a brand new iPad, it's working like normal downloaded a few games and they work.
Have no idea what caused this but don't want it to happen to my new iPads.
 

TrueBlou

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Strange situation. Something has clearly gone wrong, you’ll likely never find out what.

If it’s an important device to you, maybe worth getting Parallels or VMware and set up an old version of OS X, to keep your iPad backed up on your computer.

You could dual-boot I suppose, but a virtual machine is just easier to live with. I think anyway.
 

digitalcuriosity

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I would also do backups to the cloud and or to iTunes.

Strange indeed. Keep us posted.
The problem was because my OS was old and not supported by Apple, i could not backup from iTunes or iCloud being it was an old iPad2 i have my iPad4 also not supported but am not shutting it down, it has all my stuff on it.
Strange situation. Something has clearly gone wrong, you’ll likely never find out what.

If it’s an important device to you, maybe worth getting Parallels or VMware and set up an old version of OS X, to keep your iPad backed up on your computer.

You could dual-boot I suppose, but a virtual machine is just easier to live with. I think anyway.
It's an old iPad2 and was not used much so i thought i would just shut it down, i did not expect i would need to restart it as a brand new iPad.
Had never read in forums of this happening to anyone.
 
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TrueBlou

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The problem was because my OS was old and not supported by Apple, i could not backup from iTunes or iCloud being it was an old iPad2 i have my iPad4 also not supported but am not shutting it down, it has all my stuff on it.

It's an old iPad2 and was not used much so i thought i would just shut it down, i did not expect i would need to restart it as a brand new iPad.
Had never read in forums of this happening to anyone.
I have heard (back in the day;)) of similar things happening. It’s a crappy thing to happen, especially if you lose things you can’t recover.

As you’ve got a couple of iPads that can’t be backed up with the current version of iTunes. I would definitely recommend, as I mentioned earlier, installing a virtual machine onto your desktop, or laptop if you have one and installing and old version of OS X which has the old version of iTunes.

Depending on which version of OS X you need, you can still download a few of the old ones from the Mac App Store.

Or, of course, if you’re a Windows user. You can just install another version of Windows in the virtual machine and install the old iTunes version there.

At least then you’ll have the security of a backup in case anything weird happens again.