The situation: My HDD crashed, I didn't have any backups. I get a new SSD. I had my iPhone synced with the old HDD as usual.

The problem: How can I sync Apps/Music/Podcasts from my iPhone (where everything is normal) back to my Mac (where iTunes is clean)?

If I just check the boxes for synchronisation in the "new" iTunes, it will override the data on my iPhone.

The solution: ?


You can easily take a backup of your iPhone on your new Mac.

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To transfer your media to your new iTunes, follow this tutorial in order to do so. If I understand your question correctly, this is what you need.

  • If I understand correctly, he cannot take an old backup since the HDD crashed. Now he wants to sync his iPhone to new iTunes setup (without losing all his data). Jun 20 '12 at 9:24
  • Yes, he has to connect his iPhone to his new iTunes in which he will be able to take a backup from, by right-clicking the iPhone in iTunes and selecting Back Up
    – Michiel
    Jun 20 '12 at 9:27

You can transfer purchased apps or just re-download the latest versions from the App store. For music files on stock OS iOS devices, you may need to find a backup of your downloads somewhere (Time Machine, et.al.).

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