The iTunes backups for your mobile iPhone device or iPad device will eventually suck up much of your hard drive space. From the source article, this can be as much as 20% or more, depending on the amount of content iTunes is backing up.
To alleviate this problem, you can redirect your iTunes backup location to be an external storage drive, or a 2nd hard drive on your system. By using a Windows symbolic link routine, you can take control of where the backup location will reside.
For this tutorial you’ll need to download NTFS Junction utility [free] and do some CMD prompt edits to bring it all together. If you are not comfortable with the above, yet quest the solution, then I recommend getting someone a bit more knowledgeable with Windows to perform the task.
- So to begin, you need to download this free tool to create NTFS Junctions. (This is a tool provided by a Microsoft engineer on Microsoftâ€™s website ironically enough)
- When you unzip that file, extract the junction.exe into the C:\Windows folder so that you can run in from anywhere.
- Next up, you need to move all of your existing backup files to their new location. This could be secondary hard drive, or another partition, or even an external hard drive. Before we move the files, make sure iTunes is closed.
- To move the files, open up a â€œMy Computerâ€ Window and type this into the address bar: â€œC:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSyncâ€ (without the quote of course) and press enter. This should take you into your iTunes MobileSync Folder where the Backup folder is located.
- You need to right click on the Backup folder and select â€œCutâ€.
- Now navigate to where youâ€™d like your backups to be located. For me, I wanted them on the D: drive in a folder I created called â€œiTunes Backupâ€. Paste the Backup folder to this location.
- Next you need to open a command prompt. To do this, click on the Start button and type in â€œcmdâ€ (again, no quotes) and then press enter. A black window should open up that looks like this.
- Now for the easy part, creating the junction. All you need to do to create the junction is type in the word â€œjunctionâ€ then the path to where Windows stores the files, then the path to where you decided to place your backup. So for me, I typed in: Junction â€œC:\Users\onelson\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backupâ€ â€œD:\iTunes Backup\Backupâ€ (Note that there are quotes around both paths since both paths contain spaces, these quotes are required).
- If everything worked correctly, the junction command should indicate that it created the junction
If you decide to use an external storage device be sure the device is powered on before you start the backup process. Ya, some people are knuckleheads and will forget!
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How To: Fix MacBook Air and USB Ethernet AdapterIf you are one of the few who rushed out to purchase the MacBook Air, you might have found yourself in a bit of a pinch.Â How to get the USB Ethernet Adapter working?Â If this is you, or a friend you know, here is a quick fix until a new Apple update is published.
First, it appears that some have luck plugging the adapter into different ports on the MacBook Air, but it’s not a universal solution. After a bit of investigative work sifting through the Apple forums, you can do the following for a sure thing fix: Continue Reading
Proporta has a product which will help those gassed phones, the iPhone TurboCharger Back Pack.Â The back pack is a iPhone case with a built in battery charger. The TruboCharger has 1700mAh of power which will quickly and easily charge your iPhone and double it’s battery life.Â The TurboCharger can piggy back the iPhone during charging and use.Â The TurboCharger can be connected to the iPhone while connected to the PC…or you can connect the back pack seperatly for charging. When together, the back pack will not effect performance or sync ability of the iPhone with iTunes.Â In addition, the TruboCharger will charge itself and the iPhone when connected to the computer. To connect the TurboCharger, simply Continue Reading
With the WOWKey you can respond to emails quickly and easily.Â You can draft letters, run excel spreadsheets and much more like a traditional laptop computer.Â The WOWKey gives you the functionality you need to more effectively use your iPhone.Â In my opinion, this is the direction which computers need to go.Â From some studies, the majority of computer use is for email response and web browsing. Iomnio has two additional features which any iPhone lover will appreciate; first, they have 15 hotkeys designed for the iPhone for quick navigation and utility access.Â Second, WOWKeys offers is the use of the multi-touch function on a PC display and the Air Mouse Pro, an app that can be used as a laptop touchpad or number pad.
The WOWKey from Iomnio is priced at an equivalent $105 US dollars.Â The WOWKey is currently only available in Korea, but is clearly designed for the largest market, the United States, as you can see the English version settings in the screenshot from the original article at AVING.net. Continue Reading
Beside the fact of flash being faster than optical, we also save space on the internal SSD drive by not having the reinstallation software loaded, but rather off-line and secure.Â Just be sure to wrap a key-chain around it, the Apple restore USB drive looks pretty small.
“Even the flash drive looks awesome from Apple,” says my colleague who does a ton of iPhone and iPad applications…with a new one coming out.
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It’s hard to tell from the picture how much bigger it makes your device, but the video after the jump gives you a real world comparison.Â Continue Reading
The kit has a SD and USB connector which talks with the iPad through the female Apple connector you use for synchronizing or connecting to your computer.The kit gives you an easier way to upload images, video and PDF documents.Â It also gives you an easier way to connect your iPhone or other digital camera or video recorder to your iPad.Â Hell, you could almost toss out the PC…oh way, you’ve still got to sync and update. The USB port could also be used to connect your keyboard to the iPad for typing emails, etc.Â Sure you all love the keypad on the iPad, but it’s still not as easy to use as a traditional keyboard. USBFever webpage [$35]. Continue Reading
First off, we have 4 iPhones because we’ve migrated from 3G or 3GS to the 4.Â The iPods are legacy products we had before the phones, yet we still use them for workouts…and the cameras, well those are good anytime. What I like about the iPADock station are all the power and sync options. Continue Reading
One of the beautiful elements of the Trackpad is the wireless freedom you get from using the product.Â For the wireless product you need juice.Â The Trackpad does this via batteries.Â However, some get tired of replacing the batteries [like it’s that hard] and did a simple USB hack to power the Trackpad.Â This hack is not used for communication, that is still done through Blue-tooth, but this is only for eliminating the need to swap batteries or constantly recharge them. To accomplish the hack, remove the pad’s batteries, strip a USB cable down to the red and black power wires and attach them to a battery-sized wooden dowel. Finally, push the dowel inside the pad’s battery compartment and presto! It works. Granted this is a USB hack even my 7 year old could do [less the wire stripping] and I’d recommend making something a bit more elegant. Continue Reading
Note:Â With the new iPhone 4.0+ firmware you have the ability to set the lock/unlock wallpaper and set a different picture as your background image for Home when using your iPhone.Â I think the above pattern image is a very nice background image for the Home position. Third, after you’ve created your pattern image, you will save it as a Continue Reading