Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Tips On How To Backup Your iPhone To An External Drive


Are you concerned on how to backup the files and settings in your iPhone, iPad and other iOS devices to an external drive? Do you have limited iCloud space that won't contain all your files? You are in the right place now and we are going to show you how to backup your files to an external drive.
Backing up your files which might be in numerous gigabytes can be a big task if you are planning to do so with an online storage system as you are limited to some amount of space unless you pay for premium version of the online storage system you want to use. But backing up in an external drive would save you the stress and resources.

The first thing you have to do is to create a backup of your iOS device using iTunes. Creating a backup using iTunes is not a tedious task. all you have to do is connect your iPhone or other device to your Mac, click on the device tab in iTunes, and hit the Back Up Now button. Or go to File > Devices > Back Up. 

Moving the backup from your start up disk

When you're ready to move the backup file to an external drive, follow these steps:
1. Quit iTunes.
2. Open a Finder window and type Shift + Command + G (or select Go > Go to Folder), then type "/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup"
3. Locate the folders inside of the Backup directory, and move these to another drive. Once they've copied, you can delete the originals.
4. Relaunch iTunes.

Moving the backup back to your start up disk

If you however, want to restore your iOS device, you'll need to move the backups back to your main start up disk so that iTunes can locate them. To do this, follow these steps:
1. Quit iTunes.
2. Open a Finder window and type Shift + Command + G (or select Go > Go to Folder), then type "/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup"
3. On your external drive, locate the folders previously removed from this Backup directory, and move them back to this location.
4. Open iTunes and begin the restore process.
Once the files are back where iTunes they were originally, iTunes should be able to see them and make them available during the restore process.

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1 comment:

  1. Forwarding this link to my lovely sister who uses an IPad