Monday, August 18, 2014

How to backup iPad or iPhone in USB disk drive on Windows?

We always backup iPad or iPhone with iTunes on Windows. The backup data are stored in C drive. The backup path is for example.

C:\Users\[USER_NAME]\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync

A problem is that there is often not enough space in the C drive. It seems that there is not an easy way to change the backup path to our USB disk drive. We can use the mklink command before running iTunes to solve the problem. For example,

mklink /j "C:\Users\[USER_NAME]\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync" "F:\iPad Backup\MobileSync"

The F drive is a USB disk drive. We create a link of MobileSync under "Apple Computer" directory. It links to our MobileSync in the USB disk drive. When we run iTunes to backup, the data are really stored in F drive, not in C drive, even though iTunes only recognizes the path, "Apple Computer\MobileSync".

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