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NinaK Level 1 (0 points)

Hi there,

I want to be able to backup my iPhone 4 to an external harddrive since I don’t have enough space on my MacBook Pro hard drive, how do I dothat? I have already moved all the iTunes libraries and media folder to that externaldrive and need to know how to default the IPhone4 backup to the external drive.I am using iTunes 10.


iPhone 4, iOS 4.3.3, iTunes 10
  • Kappy Level 10 (266,058 points)

    You need to point iTunes to the library on the external drive. Hold down the OPTION key while opening iTunes. You will be prompted to select a library. Navigate to the external drive to select the iTunes library you wish to use. From that point on when you sync the phone the backups will go to the iTunes library on the external drive.

     

    If you are running out of space on your hard drive, then I suggest replacing it with a larger drive.

  • Phlllis239 Level 1 (0 points)

    From the Mac OS X Finder, hit Command+Shift+G to bring up the “Go To” window, type the following directory in:

    ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/

     

    From this folder, copy the “Backup” folder to a new location on the external hard drive, for the sake of this guide we’ll choose a folder called iOSBackup on a drive named “External” Before trashing the origin folder, rename the existing Backup folder to something else for backup reasons, like Backup2.

     

    Resources: How to transfer purchased music from iPhone to iTunes library

                      How to copy music from iPhone to Mac osx

  • wallyprecious Level 1 (10 points)

    I have tried this amd my iphone 5 keeps backing up to my MBA 256 instead of my external 1TB (where the rest of my itunes files and iphoto data is).  I tried http://aaltonen.co/2011/01/03/change-the-location-of-your-iphone-backup/ and http://njdnjdnjd.blogspot.ca/2013/04/move-your-iphone-ipad-or-ios-device.html with no luck:(

  • wallyprecious Level 1 (10 points)

    I even tried http://jrobinson.ghostshell.com/?p=577, even renaming my external HD and folder word for word from their example, but I got the message "iTunes could not back up the iphone "username" because the backup was corrupt or not compatible with the iphone.   Delete the backup fro this iphone, then try again."  I deleted the empty files and tried again but go the same message.  Is this from iTunes 11 updates (would this work with iTunes 10?). Please help.  Has anyone  backed up a iphone 5 to an external HD using iTunes 11 where the actual iphone 5 backup is stored on the external and not internal HD?  I have a macbook air, so hence the need to do this externally:(

  • Lavarose Level 1 (0 points)

    Kappy wrote:

     

    You need to point iTunes to the library on the external drive. Hold down the OPTION key while opening iTunes. You will be prompted to select a library. Navigate to the external drive to select the iTunes library you wish to use. From that point on when you sync the phone the backups will go to the iTunes library on the external drive.

     

    If you are running out of space on your hard drive, then I suggest replacing it with a larger drive.

     

    Will try this when i got home;

     

     

    About the replacing with a larger drive advice... means a new $2,000+ bucks spending! Not really a option.

     

    i can only use notebook(and i m sure there are lots others thats like me), desktop is virtually no use for me except for a game machine which is not a mac.

     

    mac cant be openned.

    replacing drive means replacing to a new mac.

     

    besides, there is no 1TB+ SDD (at least being-reasonable-to-buy ones, there isnt any),

    512GB is so out dated volumn comparing with common 2TB HD now and Larges softwares and Apps, and database sizes.

     

    A External disk is cheaper.

     

    you dont need your music and app backups when you are working, so i can forgo that.

  • Chewbunny Level 1 (0 points)

    You can do the following to get the setup you need.

     

    • Copy the contents of ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/ to  the external drive
      • The ~ means your home drive
    • Then rename the folder Backup in ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/ to say BackupOld
      • mv ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/BackupOld
    • Create a new linked folder to the external drive (I assume the external drive is called ExtDrive
      • First create a folder called iTunesBackup on the external drive
        • mkdir /Volumes/ExtDrive/iTunesBackup
      • Now create a link between where iTunes thinks the backups are and the external drive
        • ln -s ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup /Volumes/ExtDrive/Backup

    Job done....

  • CollinMel Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the tip, Chewbunny.  I believe the last Terminal command in your post should read:

     

    ln -s  /Volumes/ExtDrive/Backup ~/Library/Application\ Support/MobileSync/Backup

     

    Changing that made the proper link and got everything working for me.

  • Lawrence Finch Level 8 (35,063 points)

    I just saw this post. Brilliant!

  • Chewbunny Level 1 (0 points)

    My bad. Yes the link syntax you posted is the correct version. The second reference shoul be the link and the first the actual file/directory. Glad you got it working and hope it helped.

  • jareds Level 1 (0 points)

    I tried to do the last step and terminal gave me this error:

     

    -bash: -s: command not found

     

    This is what I pasted (4TB is the name of the ExtDrive):

     

    -s /Volumes/4TB/iTunesBackup/Library/Application\ Support/MobileSync/iTunesBackup

     

    Thanks

  • aThanasi Level 2 (300 points)

    This will just about sort it out: How to backup iPhone to external drive

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  • jareds Level 1 (0 points)

    I appreciate the response but I am on a Mac not a PC.

  • rtikoo Level 1 (0 points)

    I got the same error (-bash: -s: command not found), and tried a couple of things, which got it to work:

     

    1) type in "sudo" before the ln command (so you can be authenticated as a superuser)

     

    2) I dragged and dropped the actual folders into the terminal command line. This will ensure that the correct filename structure is utilized.

     

    Backup works nicely now.

  • steve417 Level 1 (0 points)

    @rtikoo

    This worked to drag the folders into terminal.

    Did not use sudo

    One more update to the syntax:

    ln -s  /Volumes/ExtDrive/Backup ~/Library/Application\ Support/MobileSync/Backup


    Drop the "Backup" at the end, so terminal will create a link to the external drive in the MobileSync folder then it works perfectly.

    Use:

    ln -s  /Volumes/ExtDrive/Backup ~/Library/Application\ Support/MobileSync/


    Also, spaces are represented by "/" with a space. So the directory "Application Support" is written "Application/ Support". Dragging the folders in will solve any syntax issues!

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