My Macbook Pro hard-drive failed recently. It was only about a year and a half old and it just went down without warning. No slowing of the system, no problems, no crashes. It just died suddenly.
Anyway, I had Apple Care so I got it fixed for free with a shiny new HD. However, I lost all my settings including the data relating to my iPhone to iTunes sync. I spent the last 3 months trying to get my iPhone and the new HD to talk to each other. But every single thing I tried didn’t stop me getting the unbelievably irritating message:
But my persistence has finally paid off and I have actually successfully synced my iPhone to my new HD. And, I have of course beaten (and beaten deep into the ground) the stupid stupid annoying irritating erase and sync message. This fills me with a sense of pride and accomplishment.
While I was trying and failing to fix the problem I read many many different solutions and also many different ideas about which software to use and so on. I also read countless times that it was not fixable and that I had to erase my iPhone. Or that I had to jailbreak it. In any case I did not find one clear cohesive step by step to solving this problem.
So I would like to share my solution in the hope that it will help other people get themselves out of this ridiculous situation. This is my own complete and extremely detailed step by step guide to syncing an iPhone with a second/new Mac without losing/deleting/erasing any data.
This solution does not require jailbreaking or anything of that nature, nor does it require you to erase anything from your iPhone.
And yes, this is EXACTLY what I did to get my iPhone to sync with my new HD and iTunes. Continue reading