: Need to load the OS but no computer

Feb 24th, 2010, 09:34 AM
I have an iPhone that I bought on craigslist that I need to sync with iTunes just to load the OS on. I erased the phone thinking it would only erase the user data, but oh no, it erases the entire hard drive.

I'm waiting for my Mini to arrive but it will probably be another week before it comes. Could I take the phone to an Apple store and have them install the OS on it you think?that way I could at least start using it as a phone...

Any suggestions?

Feb 24th, 2010, 10:25 AM
iTunes shouldn't erase the OS; did you do a restore via iTunes?

Feb 24th, 2010, 11:03 AM
Sounds like you did a reset of the phone? That still shouldn't erase the hard drive.

Perhaps the phone was unlocked and doing a reset leaves you with a brick?

Not sure if Apple resyncs but it is Apple and are there to help.

Feb 24th, 2010, 11:49 AM
the long reset erases everything. :( you *could* probably update the os to 3.1.3 at a store all incognito like.

Feb 24th, 2010, 12:08 PM
I went to settings,gerenal,reset, erase all content and settings.

I have not used iTunes with the phone yet as I am computerless at the moment and the seller assured me it wasn't unlocked.

When I turn the phone on I get the connect the USB icon and I have an option to make an emergency call but that's it.