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Unknown Error OxE800000A When Trying To Synchronize

When I try to synchronize my iPad from iTunes (on a PC), it no longer works. Instead, I get an error notice that iTunes cannot connect to this iPad because an unknown error has occurred (OxE 800000A).In the past, my iPad has synched easily; my iPod still synchronizes. I have tried restarting iTunes, my computer, and my iPad (hard restart).

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