Will my virgin iTunes sync my iPhone correctly?
March 7, 2012 12:20 PM Subscribe
I had to wipe my HDD & reinstall Windows. Will iTunes sync my iPhone 4 correctly, or decide to wipe its contents? It's synced to the cloud, and yet I am worried...
posted by ClarissaWAM to Technology (5 answers total)
When I connect my iPhone, iTunes does recognize it, lists it correctly etc (tho the apps on the screenshots it shows me are "greyed out" or semitransparent, if you wish).
Obviously it doesn't have a (recognized) backup of the apps etc on the hard drive. So in my "something will go wrong" paranoia I am convinced that when I sync, it will decide to sync iTunes >> iPhone, rather than iPhone >> iTunes (as it certainly used to do pre-cloud when faced with an unknown iPhone), and thus neatly wipe all my apps, text messages, high scores, contacts etc. I know that the fact iTunes hasn't said "I don't know this device" so far is a good sign, but I am not convinced. I also have been reassured that even were it all wiped, it would still be in the cloud and I could restore from there before the next scheduled sync.
BUT I AM STILL WORRIED! Please someone tell me they have done exactly this and it is not an issue at all. (Alternatively, can I somehow trick iTunes into recognizing my old backups? I know previously you could do this by copying some sort of checksummy file over from the old install, but I stupidly forgot this when I formatted.) I thank you, kind Mefites!