Travelling - how to back up iPhone photos to external HDD?

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  1. RedTomato macrumors 68040

    RedTomato

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    Hiya

    I'm travelling in South America & I'd like to back up the photos on my iPhone 4S (ios7). I have a mini external HDD. My local contact has a laptop with Windows 8 which I can borrow for an hour or so.

    I've tried and tried, and I cannot for the life of me work out how to back up the photos to my HDD via his laptop. That's over and above struggling with Windows 8:(

    Any advice? What's the quickest way? I don't want to be stuck indoors with his laptop for several hours.

    (Also if I do it again next week how do I ensure just new photos are added?) I've formatted the HDD as exfat but can reformat if needed.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    Dropbox is a great tool for this. I use it as an additional backup to iCloud.
     
  3. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68030

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    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4083 There are Windows 8-specific instructions. As long as your external HDD appears in Windows Explorer, you should be able to save to a folder on that HDD. Formatting the drive as exfat should be fine.

    This is probably as quick as it gets. It does *not* require iTunes software.
     
  4. RedTomato thread starter macrumors 68040

    RedTomato

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    Thanks ApfelKuchen. Seems nice and simple. So that's what I was missing. Will give it a go in the morning.

    I already use Dropbox for documents but it's not suitable for backing up many GB of photos in a couple of hours over whatever connection I can find in the wild.
     

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