How Can a User Alter the Location for Backup Copies in iTunes on PC?

PC users are constantly complaining about the problems with storing backup copies of the files they download from iTunes. In most cases, the place where the information is saved automatically is disk C. In order to change the settings and remove iTunes files to the needed place on your computer, use the following advice.

The Problem of Automatic Save of Files is Common and Easy to Tackle

Computer hard disks fulfill different functions. For example, disk drive C can be used for containing files of operating system and programs, which help your personal computer work properly. Disk drive D, on the other hand, saves files and information that the user needs on a daily basis. The easiest way to store the files downloaded from iTunes is to install iTunes itself on the D disk drive. The standard folders will be created on the same disk so that all information might be stored there. Although, it should be mentioned that there has to be enough available space for device backups.

To change the default location, you have to open the command prompt. To do that, you just press the Start button; afterward, type CMD, press ‘Enter’ in the search box. Then, move the backup folder using the command below and eventually press ’Enter’:

Move "C:\Users\<User>\AppData\Local\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup" "D:\Backup", where <User> is your Windows username.

Take into account that this lifehack can’t be applied to Windows 10.

What Should Windows 10 Users Do?

Even if the previous advice doesn’t work with your Windows operating system, don’t get upset. Users still can create a junction between the disks to move files. First, they have to get rid of the folder ‘’Backup’’, which might be placed on the disk drive C. It means, the user has to start without any backup and if it’s impossible (for instance, files are too valuable) to move them to any other location.

Then, the user needs to create a target directory on a disk drive D, for instance, D:\MobileSync.

After that, cut the Backup folder from the system drive (C) and paste it elsewhere for some time – you will need it later to finish the process.

At this point, you will have to run an MS-DOS script to create a junction between the original and the new backup folders. To this end, open a command prompt (Start → type ‘cmd’ → press Enter) and paste there a command below:

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

Press Enter now. The command will create a shortcut in the C: location (from the place where backups used to be) to the D: location (where you want backups to be stored). Eventually, you should try to make backup copies from your iTunes and check if everything worked successfully. If it did, the new backup would appear in the folder on drive D. Now you can manually move old backups to this new folder as well.

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