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How to Backup iPhone to External Hard Drive

2016-04-13 11:22:36 Posted by Abby Haines to iPhone Data Recovery

Summary:
Here you can learn how to move iPhone backup to an external disk or backup iPhone to external hard drive directly with third-party software to save hard drive disk space on Mac.

Is it possible to backup iOS devices to an external drive?

"My MacBook has run out of space and won't backup through iTunes. So I want to be able to backup my iPhone 6 to an external hard drive. Is it possible? If yes, how do I do that?" 

Many iPhone users try to figure out how to get iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to backup to an external drive to save space on their Mac. Yes, it is truly a workable solution, but at the same time, it is also a difficult job for average users. So, in this page, we would like to introduce you how to perform this task in two ways: backup iPhone with iTunes and then move the backup file to an external disk or backup iPhone to external hard drive directly with third-party software. These solutions are also available for iPad and iPod touch.

Backup iPhone via iTunes and move backup file to external drive

If you plan to backup iPhone to external hard drive using iTunes, you should do two jobs. First you'll need to create a backup for your iPhone using iTunes. To do so, connect your iPhone to your Mac, click on the device tab in iTunes, and hit the Back Up Now button. (Or go to File > Devices > Back Up.) And second, storing your iPhone backup on your external hard drive. The original location of the Backups is in a folder called MobileSync which is located in: ~/Library/Application Support. When you're ready to move the backup file to an external drive, follow these steps(in Mac OS X):

1. Copy the folder to the new location (for example at the root of an external hard disk drive (HDD)

2. Go to  ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/

3. Remove the folder "Backup" within or rename it "BackupOld" if you want to keep it

4. Open Terminal

5. Type the following command:

ln -s /Volumes//MobileSync/Backup ~/Library/Application\ Support/MobileSync/Backup

6. Close Terminal

Backup iPhone to external hard drive directly with third-party software

If you think the method mentioned above is a little complex, you can try to backup iPhone to external hard drive directly with third-party software. Here EaseUS MobiSaver for Mac can help. The program is able to scan you iPhone and export all the data to an external hard drive or any other storage device. Now you can try the following steps to backup your iphoto library, camera roll, and other iPhone data to external hard drive with ease.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to Mac and launch EaseUS MobiSaver for Mac. The software can detect and list your device quickly in "Recover from iOS device". Point the mouse to the phone and a big "Scan" button will pop up. Just Click the button to continue.

Choose recovery mode to backup iPhone to external hard drive

Step 2. After you click "Scan", EaseUS MobiSaver for Mac will automatically scan your device. When the program finished scanning, it will find and show you all the files it found in different types.

Scan iPhone to backup data to external hard drive

Step 3. You are allowed to preview all the listed files on the right side of the window one by one. So you can check and make sure you have found all the files on iPhone you want. Finally mark those files you want to backup and click "Recover" to export and save the selected iPhone files to your external hard drive.

Preview and backup iPhone to external hard drive