2 Replies Latest reply: Dec 7, 2012 2:25 AM by wjosten
Robert Gui Level 1 (0 points)

I need more space at my HD and do not use iCloud in order to do a back up. I soul like to change the back up adress in I Tunes redirecting it to an external HD. Is it possible?

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 (30,000 points)

    If you backup your iPhone using iTunes, you can move your entire iTunes library to an external drive (I wouldn't recommend a Time Capsule - just a plain old external drive large enough for your needs will do).


    See - http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1449 and http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1751.



  • wjosten Level 10 (94,210 points)

    Clinton's post won't help you, as the iPhone backup is not stored in your iTunes library. Follow these directions:


    1) Make sure that iTunes is closed.

    2) Move the folder called ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/ to the drive you want to back up to. For instance, an external drive.

    3) Launch Terminal Applications/Utilities/Terminal and type in the following command line:

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

    In the above example, ‘DriveName’ would be the name of the new backup location.