How do I sync with a replacement laptop without loosing app !!!data!!!

I had to replace my old (broken) laptop that I used to sync my iPad with a new laptop. Since then I do not dare to sync my apps in fear of loosing the app data. I know that I can get the apps back anytime, but the data associated with the apps I can not afford to loose.
The sync problem effectively prohibits me from upgrading to ios5 as well.
And yes, I have transferred all purchases to the new laptop, both laptop and iPad have all app updates and therefore should be at same versions.
Still, when activating app sync I get the message that everything will be erased, which I just can not afford.
I read across a lot of answers in the communities to this topic, but none states that I will not loose my data...
Any tip on how I can sync without loosing my data?

Downloading past purchases from the App Store, iBookstore, and iTunes Store
For items you cannot get the above way use a third-party utility such as Phone to PC

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