11 Replies Latest reply: Oct 12, 2009 9:23 PM by fjsdofnsjgv
Tetsuoshema Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I currently have my system setup for easy re-image of the Operating system. So my 'C:' drive is rather small. I install all application and such to other drives.

My issue is, no matter where I install it, Itunes backups are by default saved to "c:\documents and settings\'user'\application data\apple computer\mobile sync\backup". This does not work for me because I do not have the space on that drive to hold the backup. Is there a way to change where backups are saved?

Custom, Windows XP
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (77,850 points)
    Itunes backups are by default saved to "c:\documents and settings\'user'\application data\apple computer\mobile sync\backup"

    That is the location for touch/iPhone backups, not iTunes backups. iTunes library backups are on CD/DVD.
    This does not work for me because I do not have the space on that drive to hold the backup.

    I have like 300 backup files and the folder is only 8.8MB. How big total is your C: drive.
    Don't believe you can change the location, at least not easily. Possibly by hacking the registry settings.
  • Tetsuoshema Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    im backing up my Iphone
  • Tetsuoshema Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    ack, I am backing up my Iphone and it give me a space restriction warning(i have 1.2gigs of free space).
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (77,850 points)
    You should always have at least 10%-15% free space on your boot drive. The OS will need this for swap files and such.
  • Tetsuoshema Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    yeah, 10g partition, 1gig free.
  • Robert Jacobson1 Level 4 Level 4 (2,420 points)
    You can't change the iTunes behavior, as far as I can tell.

    However, you can use a feature of NTFS to point that folder to another drive. This feature is typically called a "junction" or "symbolic link".

    You can use this tool to create a junction:
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896768.aspx

    For example, let's say you want your iPhone backup to be D: ackup. You would do this:

    1. close iTunes
    2. Move the folder c:documents and settingsuserapplication dataapple computermobile sync ackup to D:
    3. Extract the junction.zip to the Desktop.
    4. Open a command prompt and enter these commands:
    cd Desktop
    junction D: ackup "C:Documents and SettingsusernameApplication DataApple ComputerMobile SyncBackup"

    NOTE 1: Change "username" to match your current username, of course.

    NOTE 2: I did not test the above! In general, junction points work OK, but only if programs don't mess with the linked directory (like rename or remove it). For example, if iTunes does something like delete the ...Mobile SyncBackup directory and then recreate it, it will no longer go to the D: ackups folder.
  • Tetsuoshema Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks, that is a big help. Now I just need to know how to get the music off my phone. I am not sure where the default sync folder is but I currently use 'manually' manage my music. I put the exact stuff on my phone I wanted. I want to pull this stuff off into a folder so it is backed up in the form I have it on my phone currently. Problem is when I try to sync it says that it is going to erase all the music off my phone. Because the folder it is trying to sync to is empty I suppose. Is there a way around this?
  • greg0717 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi, would this be the similar procedure for backing up my iTunes music library for my iPod Classic? I recently completed uploading my entire CD library into iTunes and onto my iPod. I don't want to have to do it again some day. The normal back up says it will take 39 CD's to back up my library. YIKES. I have a 302gig external USB drive that I want to back it up to instead but cannot figure out how to re-direct to this drive instead of a CD. HELP!
  • pedrogardete Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Unfortunately my appdata folder is in a network location; so the junction doesn't work. Any other ideas?
  • pedrogardete Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    This may be helpful: iTunes checks the key
    *HKEYCURRENTUSER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders* to look for the backup folder location. Not the 'standard' Shell Folders key.
  • fjsdofnsjgv Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    There is a mistake in Robert's suggestion. The arguments to junction are flipped. The first argument is supposed to be "C:\Documents and Settings..." and the second argument "D:\backup".