Upgrading to iOS 5 on new computer

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by Pr0grammer, Oct 19, 2011.

  1. Pr0grammer macrumors newbie

    Oct 2, 2009
    The last time I synced my iPod Touch (4G) was on a now-broken MacBook Pro (dead logic board), and when I'm trying to upgrade it to iOS 5 on my replacement laptop it's telling me that it'll erase all of the content on it unless I do the upgrade on the computer that I normally sync with (which isn't possible). I have a Time Machine backup of my old laptop, but for some reason it doesn't have the iTunes library xml file, so I can't convince it that it's the same computer. Am I stuck wiping and restoring everything, or is there some other way to go about this upgrade that will preserve the contents of my iPod?
  2. Thetonyk123 macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2011
    Wipe it. Then authorize you computer for itunes (sign in and make sure it the latest itunes 10.5 to upgrade to iOS 5) then go into the purchased tab on the itunes store and download everything back.
  3. Pr0grammer thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 2, 2009
    The main issue I have is losing all of the data for my applications. Am I correct in assuming that all of that (game progress, application settings, etc) will be gone after this? If it retains the application data, then it's more or less a non-issue since I have other copies of everything.
  4. Firestar macrumors 68020


    Sep 30, 2010
    221B Baker Street.
    Yes, it should be like syncing new again. I don't think there's any other way, but you could try and call Apple, see what they say.
  5. Pr0grammer thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 2, 2009
    Its phone support period is long gone (~11 months old with no AppleCare), so would they actually bother helping me or just tell me that I'd need to buy AppleCare in order to get support?

    I'd have expected Apple to better account for a situation in which someone's computer unexpectedly dies. :s
  6. wwooden macrumors 68000


    Jul 26, 2004
    Burlington, VT
    Can you pull the harddrive out of the old machine and put it in the new one?
  7. Pr0grammer thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 2, 2009
    No. It was an aftermarket SSD, so I took it out, wiped it, and put it in my new laptop.
  8. TinHead88 macrumors regular


    Oct 30, 2008
    Phone View is a program that allows you to backup certain data from your iDevice. Perhaps this will allow you to retain your app data. Look around on Mac Update to see if there's another program that might do this job, but from my previous search Phone View seems to be near the top.

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