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I don't want to lose all the stuff on my device. Any way to stop my iPad from automatically syncing with iTunes when connected to the Mac? I turned these features on when I bought it, but in the long run it's not such a great idea.

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If you go in to iTunes and go to Preferences -> Devices, and check the box that says Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically.

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Try going to Edit-> Preferences-> Syncing to disable syncing.

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