How to Change iTunes Backup Folder Location on Windows 10/8/7
Running out of drive space is a common problem when an Apple device backup is done using iTunes. The default directory for iTunes is in the C: Drive, the system partition. This can pose a problem if you regularly install software or save files on the desktop and the Windows system partition starts filling up. Since the iOS backup size is always increasing, it’s only a matter of time before the C: partition runs out of space. The result is an annoyingly sluggish PC performance. At this point, you can either save your iTunes files to an external hard drive or change iTunes backup location to another drive partition. Herein is a guide to modify iTunes backup location on Windows 10/8/7 and earlier versions.
- Part 1: Alter storage location for Windows 10/8.1/8/7, Vista and Windows XP
- Part 2: iPhone backup password issues
Many people don’t know where iTunes backup is stored. The default storage location for Windows XP is “\Documents and Settings\(username)\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\”. Backup files in the rest of the Windows versions are stored in “\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\ “. Files can’t be directly saved to another location. In order to change iTunes backup to another location, you’ll need to follow these steps;
- 1. First, create a folder on another drive partition like D: drive. Rename it to a suitable name like “New_Backup.” You can as well create the new backup folder on an external hard drive, flash drive or thumb drive.
- 2.You also have to rename the old backup file by typing “%APPDATA%\Apple Computer\Mobile Sync” and renaming the “Backup” folder to “Old Backup” or wherever you want to change iPhone backup location. On some computers, the location for the Apple Computer folder can be different, and you should double-check the file paths.
- 3.Next, we open Command Prompt by holding down the SHIFT button and right-clicking the current folder’s (\MobileSync\) explorer pane.
- 4.On the menu that appears, select “Open command window here”. This is for adding the symbolic link.
- 5.Enter the following text in the command prompt box:
mklink /J “%APPDATA%\AppleComputer\MobileSync\ Backup” “D:\ New_Backup” and after pressing Enter, you will get a success message from a command prompt that a new junction has been created.
- 6.Delete the old backup file that you renamed to “Old Backup” to free up disk space in the C: drive. Connect your iPhone to the PC and try an iTunes backup using either a cable or a WiFi connection. The backup files will now be stored in “D:\New_Backup”.
Sometimes doing a backup can be impossible if you’ve forgotten the iPhone backup password. If this is the case, you can download Tenorshare iPhone Backup Unlocker on your PC to perform iTunes backup password recovery.
iPhone Backup Unlocker decrypts iTunes password using three methods: brute force, brute force with mask attack and a dictionary attack. It has a simple and understandable process where the backup file is imported, and the user is prompted to choose a password attack type. Clicking on “Start” begins the decryption process. The steps to recover the password are illustrated on the user interface, and anyone can follow them. After this, the password is recovered.
If you purchase the Professional version of this software, you can make use of 2 GPUs for 60x faster decryption or just one for 30x faster speed. Both standard and professional versions use the three decryption methods.
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