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How to Change iTunes Backup Location in Windows and Free-up Disk Space

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One of the problems of having iTunes backups is storage space. It's a huge problem if you run a Windows machine with a lot of software / data in the C: Drive. This is because iTunes, by default, puts all the backup data into the C: drive and there's no way to move this location from within iTunes's preferences. (You can only move the media folder).So what do you do when you find yourself in a fix where iTunes backups are eating up a lot of space and you absolutely need to move them out of the C: drive? Here's what you can do:



Relocate iOS device backups

  1. Make a new folder called MobileSync at the root of the drive you want the backup data to live on, e.g. as D:\MobileSync

  2. Use Windows Explorer to move current Backup folder at <SystemDrive>\Users\<User>\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup into the folder you just made. If the backup folder is large this may take some time.

  3. To make iTunes look for the data in the new location copy the text below, open a command prompt, click the small icon at the top left to paste in the command, edit the drive letter if needed, and then press <Enter>.

    MkLink /J "%AppData%\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup" "D:\MobileSync\Backup"

If you want the backup elsewhere replace D:\MobileSync accordingly.


Note that while this method works for iOS device backups it cannot be used to redirect sections of the media library.