… without losing your data and your mind!
I’m not sure why this is such a difficult thing to research. Here’s where it started for me: I got a new laptop (yay!) and eight months later finally decided that I should probably cut ties to my old laptop once and for all (crap!). My iPhone and iTunes account were the last things I was using the old laptop for and after many evenings of research, and not finding anything definitive, I just went with it the best I knew how. Things turned out okay.
For some reason, most of the iPhone support documents and websites out there are either trying to sell you an app or program to help you transfer files, or they assume you no longer have access to your old PC or that you have wiped the data from your phone. I guess there’s no help for those of us just feeling technically inept.
So here’s what I wanted to do — transfer my iPhone data, music, books, apps, contacts and photos to a new laptop.
And here’s how I did it:
- Sync your iPhone with the old computer one last time which also makes one last backup copy in case something goes wrong. (Keep in mind this a backup of the phone data, not your photos and music. So if you were to “restore from backup” you’d still be out of luck.)
- Copy all photos. Just to be sure I didn’t screw things up, I made a backup copy of my 3,000 iPhone photos and videos. I copied the folder onto a giant external hard drive and transferred them to my new laptop.
- Copy all music. Here’s the step that could take awhile! I copied my entire “My Music” folder, including my “iTunes” folder onto my new computer and replaced the existing Libraries > Music folder.
- Open iTunes and update the location of your iTunes media folder location. If you don’t do this, your library will show up in iTunes but the links to your music will be broken and you’ll see exclamation points next to each track. Oh noooooes!!! In iTunes choose Edit > Preferences, and under the Advanced tab, change the “iTunes media folder location” to the place you pasted your files. So on Windows XP it was probably something like:
C:\Documents and Settings\your name\My Documents\My Music\iTunes\iTunes Music
but on your new Windows 7 computer it should be:
C:\Users\Your Name\Music\iTunes\iTunes Music
Once you click OK, iTunes will update your library and reconcile all the issues. Exclamation points no more!
- Sync your iPhone. Now you just plug in your iPhone and sync it with the new computer. No worries of it begin wiped out, and even if you did have some kind of freak accident, you can always sync it with the old laptop and start again.
- Authorize your new laptop in iTunes by going to Store > Authorize This Computer. If you have a shortage of authorizations, you can always test things out and then deauthorize your old computer to gain one back.
- Set up your automatically syncing folders for photos and your playlists. I usually choose “Manually manage music and videos” on my iPhone so I don’t have to worry about iTunes trying to load up my whole library on my teeny tiny 14GB phone.
That’s it. I hope this ends up helping someone. I read the iPhone 4 user guide PDF several times while shrieking at my screen “That’s it? THAT’S IT? That’s all you can tell me?” Rage! But all is well now.
Hey, I do, and it wasn’t half bad. I don’t have any earth-shattering feelings about turning 30. I know I’m supposed to dread getting old, but I’m not one to turn down a celebration of any kind (and certainly not one for me)!
For a bit of sentiment, I am amazed at all the incredible experiences and opportunities I’ve had in my first 30 years. I’m especially blessed to have spent the past 10 years with my perfect match, my Comma Mister. We have had the best of adventures and are so lucky to have found each other so early in life. 🙂 I’m also so lucky to have a built-in best friend of 30 years, my twinsy, my other match!
I’m officially the big 3-0 and I can’t wait to see what this next decade brings.
This goal had me singing “from sea to shining sea…” I love national parks and thought I should check a few more off my list before I turn thirty. My goal was to visit three new (to me) national parks.
Last year, I started scoping out the National Park Service’s handy find a park map, because I’m a huge nerd who plans out each national park siege in great detail. Oregon has a five national parks, sites, monuments and historic places, but I think the only real national park is Crater Lake National Park. I knew I’d be heading out of state to tackle this goal!
- Haleakala National Park (April 2011)
We missed a sunrise at the crater this year, but we did drive around the entire mountain. After the road to Hana, we continued on the Hana/Piilani Highway and enjoyed the transition between lush rainforest and harsh volcanic landscape. It was like driving from paradise to the moon! We even found some adorable little mountain goats scampering up the cliffs. Bliss.
- Golden Gate National Recreation Area (May 2011)
Highlight of my year – sleeping at a National Park. We spent a weekend in San Francisco during May and were able to stay at Cavallo Point Lodge, which is the site of the historic Fort Baker. I also fell in love with the Golden Gate Bridge during our stay (who doesn’t?). Other than the typical city touring, we spent a day biking from downtown San Francisco to Sausalito and spent another morning exploring the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the Marin Headlands and Point Bonita Lighthouse.
- San Juan Island National Historic Park (May 2011)
I checked this off during an amazing Memorial Day bicycling trip to the San Juans. We spent two days riding around the island, exploring Friday Harbor, relaxing and checking out eye candy yachts.
That wraps up my national parks trek. This is definitely something I’d like to keep doing, maybe I’ll try to hit at least one new national park each year. Love!
May was a beautiful, busy month. Here are 10 things that made it great.
- Snowshoeing and sledding at Mt. Hood
- Bryan’s Bowl at Por Que No
- Making art again – I’ll have to share more about it later
- Staying at Cavallo Point Lodge
- My first trip to San Francisco
- Visiting Heath Ceramics
- Celebrating nine years of marriage with Comma Mister (the ceramic anniversary)
- Biking trip to San Juan Island
- Taking my bike on the ferry – cool experience
- My new road bike – I’m a bit obsessed