#1 By: howtogeek, May 28th, 2013 08:03
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/164275/how-to-change-the-backup-location-of-itunes-or-any-windows-app/
The vast majority of Windows applications park their backups and bulky data directories right on the primary partition. This means the precious space on your SSD is chewed up by backups, a less than ideal situation. Read on as we show you how to move your backups to a data disk.
#2 By: Jim Walsh, May 28th, 2013 12:21
Another reason to do this symbolic linking occurs to me. I like to keep the operating system and programs on an operating system partition and data on a separate data partition. I keep scheduled disk image backups of each partition for a few weeks on another drive. This symbolic linking should make it easy to restore the operating system and programs to an earlier state without affecting data by keeping it all on the data partition. If I decide I don't like something I've installed (or find there is malware in my operating system partition), I can usually find a recent operating system partition disk image to restore to without having the data overwritten with old data. Therefore, keeping the operating system partition as free of data as possible reduces unwanted data loss when I restore the operating system partition.
#3 By: Miriam Stark, May 28th, 2013 13:18
Usually I don't have any issues following the directions in these articles, however I can't seem to get this one to work. The most recent error I have is "Location not available" when I click on the Backup shortcut. Has anyone else had any difficulty with this? It looks like a very useful thing; I would like to get it to function. Thanks.
#4 By: Gerard Mc Carthy, May 28th, 2013 15:01
You must create the backup directory folder on your "G:" (or similar) drive. Should solve your problem if you got the <<===>> symbol from command prompt.
#5 By: Jack Kitchen, May 29th, 2013 07:12
You say"Initiate an iTunes backup" I am lost, because I don't know how to do that. Could someone tell me how to do that.
#6 By: dpb, May 29th, 2013 09:31
Connect your device to your computer with iTunes on it. Once it shows in "Devices" (in the left sidebar), right-click next to devices and choose "BACKUP".
Also an automatic backup is usually done when you connect your device or when you sync it to sync your purchases.
AfaIk, the 'change of backup in iTunes' only works if you actually backup to it. A lot of users use iCloud instead. Would be interesting to find out if that backup could be copied to a computer to a location of choice.
#7 By: dpb, May 29th, 2013 10:48
I had "location not available" too at first. I solved the problem by formatting the new drive first. Make sure it's FAT32. I used an empty USB stick. Make sure everything on there is temporarily moved, otherwise it will get lost during formatting. In Computer, right-click and choose format. After that, create a new folder in it called iTunes and a subfolder within that called Backup.
In the original MobileSync folder on drive C:\, I made sure, that in the command line, the new location is divided by backslashes. Like so
mklink /J "%APPDATA%\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup" "F:\iTunes\Backup"
press ENTER. Notice that the slash before J is a forward slash and all others are backslashes. Now try clicking on the new "Backup" in the original MobileSync folder and create a textfile.
It showed up perfectly for me. Of course to continue with this, make sure the stick is plugged in when a backup of iTunes is performed.
#8 By: Jack Kitchen, May 29th, 2013 12:32
Thank you very much. Everything worked great. One problem along the way. This part I had to type in manually: mklink /J "%APPDATA%\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup" "F:\iTunes\Backup" - It would not accept a copy & paste. I tried a number of times, but when I typed it in it accepted it.
I have made other symbolic links in the past, so I was familiar with it.
#9 By: dpb, May 29th, 2013 13:19
I am not sure which OS you have...I am on Windows 7 (Command Prompt might be different on yours).
Once I copied the link in the post for the command prompt with CTRL+C, I'll right-click within the title bar of command prompt and choose
EDIT and PASTE followed by pressing ENTER.
#10 By: Jon Woellhaf, May 29th, 2013 15:29
I can also paste to the command window by right clicking the prompt and clicking paste.
#12 By: Jack Kitchen, May 30th, 2013 05:02
Here's a neat trick,while still in the command prompt in the MobileSync folder, type in dir and ENTER and it will show this: JUNCTION Backup B:\iTunes Backup
This is another verification that the symbolic link was created.
#13 By: Roel Wyman, June 2nd, 2013 13:43
Not quite clear on one point: I want to move all my iTunes files to another disk, not just the backup. If I follow these instructions, can I delete my files on C:? If not, what's the best way to transfer my iTunes library tom another drive?
#14 By: Miriam Stark, June 13th, 2013 12:17
I think my problem is that I want to put it in a different place on the C drive. (so that it is not picked up by a roaming profile. our users are allowed to have music but not on the server).
#15 By: Will_Patey, July 11th, 2013 08:13
Im getting "'mklink' is not recognized as internal or external command, operable program or batch file".
Any ideas why?!
#16 By: Frank479, August 24th, 2013 21:25
I tried this awhile ago (moving my entire iTunes folder from my C drive) and it did work but, if memory serves me correctly, Windows Backup then wanted to back up my C drive and my G drive which was NOT what I wanted it to do.
#17 By: lmg93, September 6th, 2013 04:05
I tried this and it changed the backups location but now I can't restore to any of my older backups that I moved. It used to give me options to back up from at least 2012, and now I don't have the option to restore to any of those. Any help?
#18 By: Ryan, September 14th, 2013 09:36
I followed your tutorial down to the T. The symbolic link works great. I am trying to free up the 29gb space my backups are hoarding on my 70gb hdd. I don't want to lose my backups. Any new backups are being stored on my R: I want my backups transferred to my R: drive now. Can you go into more detail on how you did this? I used your folder naming method to make everything easy.
Thanks for the article!
#19 By: John Drago, September 19th, 2013 22:03
I'm desperately trying to get this to work so that I can upgrade to iOS 7. (My SSD is nearly full, thanks to Steam Games.)
I'm using the mklink command and get the error "Cannot create a file when that file already exists". But it does not exist - I'm creating a new directory on a HDD with little else on it.
I'm using: mklink /j "C:\Users,etc\Backup" "E:\Newbackup"
#20 By: Sivampeta Prajwal, October 11th, 2013 21:35
I am unable to access the command mlink.Am using winxp sp 2.
#21 By: jgeekw, January 2nd, 2014 15:12
I keep getting a "syntax of the command is incorrect" error. I am copying your text and just modifying the target directory (mine is E:). Any ideas would be helpful.
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