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Old 02-04-20, 09:18 PM
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Is there an easy way to back up iPhone to hard drive and not pc hard drive?

Is there an easy way to back up iPhone to external hard drive and not pc hard drive when connect to desktop?

I mean like why can’t I browse and back up entire iPhone to anywhere I want. I found a page that mentioned all this code snd thought I followed, but didn’t work...

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Re: Is there an easy way to back up iPhone to hard drive and not pc hard drive?

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Is there an easy way to back up iPhone to external hard drive and not pc hard drive when connect to desktop?

I mean like why canít I browse and back up entire iPhone to anywhere I want. I found a page that mentioned all this code snd thought I followed, but didnít work...
iTunes doesn't have that ability built in. To "trick it" to do so anyway, sites are recommending making a symlnk, likely the "code" you found.

This is the only guide I found giving instructions for Windows:
https://www.techjunkie.com/change-it...on-windows-10/
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Re: Is there an easy way to back up iPhone to hard drive and not pc hard drive?

Originally Posted by Jay G. View Post
iTunes doesn't have that ability built in. To "trick it" to do so anyway, sites are recommending making a symlnk, likely the "code" you found.

This is the only guide I found giving instructions for Windows:
https://www.techjunkie.com/change-it...on-windows-10/
Try setting your iTunes folder to the external drive and backup. When I got a new computer I copied my entire iTunes folder to the same location as the old one and the backs were present on the new computer.
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Re: Is there an easy way to back up iPhone to hard drive and not pc hard drive?

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Try setting your iTunes folder to the external drive and backup. When I got a new computer I copied my entire iTunes folder to the same location as the old one and the backs were present on the new computer.
how do you set it? I donít see that option...
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Re: Is there an easy way to back up iPhone to hard drive and not pc hard drive?

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how do you set it? I donít see that option...
It's somewhere under preferences. Be advise you run the risk of screwing up your iTunes library. This might be easier for you

https://www.enigma-recovery.com/tran...-new-computer/

"

How to Copy iTunes Backup from Your Computer

First of all, you will need an external hard drive or a flash drive. After you connect it to your old computer, search for the iTunes backup folder on your PC, depending on the operating system:
  • Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10:
    \Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\
    Windows XP: \Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\
  • Mac: (Home folder)/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/
After you have located the iTunes backup folder, copy the backups to your external hard drive or flash drive, by using ďdrag and dropĒ, or Ctrl-A (copy from PC) and then Ctrl-V (paste on the flash drive). This is how you copy iTunes backup files. Easy, right? Now all you have to do is transfer the iTunes backups to your new computer."
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Re: Is there an easy way to back up iPhone to hard drive and not pc hard drive?

But I don’t understand why I can’t just pick where I want it to save. Virtually every program lets you pick where you store certain stuff...
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Re: Is there an easy way to back up iPhone to hard drive and not pc hard drive?

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But I donít understand why I canít just pick where I want it to save. Virtually every program lets you pick where you store certain stuff...
Because iTunes wants to manage all the files for you and shield you entirely from entering the file system. That includes the backups that it makes as part of its iOS device management functions. It puts everything in the iTunes Music folder. That's why moving the iTunes library folder to a different volume will move your iOS backups also.

If you want full control over managing your own iOS backups (including where they're located), try iMazing:

https://imazing.com/

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