You are running out of space on your hard drive? and need to perform backups of your iDevices, why don’t you try on an external hard drive?
Save your iPhone Backup on an external hard drive
When you don’t have sufficient space on your computer, here’s how we’ll save your iPhone backup on your external hard drive. This trick works with:
Before you begin, make sure you exit iTunes. Here are the steps to follow in order to save space on your computer:
- Connect your external hard drive to your Mac.
- Create a new folder on the drive to store backups, you can name the backups.
- Open the Finder and click Go then Go to Folder . You can access the menu directly Go to the folder by Cmd + Shift + G .
- Type the path ~ / Library / Application Support / MobileSync /
- Copy and paste the Backup folder to the folder you created earlier.
We will create a symbolic link. A symbolic link to assign another path to a file pointing to a file name.
- Open the terminal and type:
ln -s / Volumes / ExternalFileStorage / Backup / Backup / ~ / Library / ApplicationSupport / MobileSync
The external hard drive is named External File Storage . Change the name according to your external hard drive.
- Exit the terminal, check that the symbolic link was created. To do this, open the Finder and click Go then Go to Folder . You can access the menu directly Go to the folder by Cmd + Shift + G .
- Type this path: ~ / Library / Application Support / MobileSync /
You should see a file with an arrow which means that there is now a direct link between the Backup file and the location specified on the external hard drive.
- Open iTunes and connect your iDevice.
- Select your iDevice and select the computer in the tab back automatically , then click Backup Now.
When the backup is complete, verify that everything is OK by going to the File Backup external hard drive and check that there is a folder Backup containing a hexadecimal subdirectory, the hex file is the backup made from iTunes.
As the external drive is connected to the Mac, iTunes will backup your data to your external hard drive rather than the internal hard drive. The backup will fail if the external hard drive is not connected to the Mac.