Can iTunes data/iPhone backups live on external HD?

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by hassiman, Apr 13, 2014.

  1. hassiman macrumors member

    Aug 30, 2006

    My Mac has an SSD with limited space. I was wondering if Mavericks can be set up so that my iTunes data & my iPhone backups can be set up to reside on an external HD.

  2. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

    Aug 24, 2013
    Far from here

    for iTunes, yes no problem : you can move the iTunes Media folder to an external hard drive.
    Warning : you must do this as explained here :

    As for iPhone backups, this is another story : they are stored in your user Library, not in your iTunes folder.

    Path : ~/Library/Application Support/MobilSync/Backup

    I don't think you can (easily, at least) move them to an external.
  3. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    Practically speaking, it's difficult to get your backups to live elsewhere. You could try a symbolic link for the backups folder, might work - I've not tried it.

    I'm purposely not going to give steps for doing that as it's something you should thoroughly understand first, so I'll let you research it.

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