How-to : Relocate iTunes folders to different drive/partition
Using any of the iDevices with PC computer with Windows 7 will enfornce us to use iTunes as application which can synchronize content of a device with PC, backup device to the computer, etc. By default iTunes will create all folders for content synchronization between PC and iDevice on C: drive. However, sometimes this might be inconvinient, especially if someone has multiple partitions on hard disk dedicated for certain type of content. Also, when number of applications, music files and movies is growing on iDevice iTunes can consume lot of space, so this might be reasonable to move iTunes content to another partition or disk on our system. I will show quick way how ot make iTunes data move smooth and transparent for our device.
First of all I identified three folders in which iTunes cumulated gigabytes of data:
- C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup
- C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes
NOTE: On real system Username should be replaced by name of the user logged on to Windows.
All those folders can be relocated then to preffered destination using Windows Explorer or another file manager software of the choice.
In my case I decided to use following folder structure:
- E:\Backup\MobileSync\Backup to relocate C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup
- E:\Data\iTunes to relocate C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes
- E:\Data\iTunes to relocate C:\Users\Username\Music\iTunes
First I made sure that all iApplications on my laptop are closed. Then I moved all indicated folders from C: drive to new locations and after that, using Command Prompt, I ran commands listed below to create links on C: drive and point them to new location of data on E: drive:
C:\> C:\>mklink /J "C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup" "E:\Backup\MobileSync\Backup" C:\>mklink /J "C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes" "E:\Data\iTunes" C:\>mklink /J "C:\Users\Username\Music\iTunes" "E:\Data\iTunes" C:\> C:\>
Now all iTunes data are located on E: drive which released space from C: drive. Whole move is transparent for iTunes as application thinks it is accessing data on C: drive and Windows 7 is happier as there is more space on partition with operating system, so more patches can be installed before will run out of space finally 🙂