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

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    Hi,

    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.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

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    Hi,

    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 : http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1449?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US

    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

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    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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