My backup problem because my C drive is tiny

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  1. vap3

    vap3 New Member

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    So before I begin my computer is set like this

    partition c: 20 gigs (install windows only)
    partition d: swap file
    partition e: Programs, media files ect

    so now I have the problem every time I sync with itunes, it has to backup what's on the device first before I can add songs or w/e to it.

    But the problem is it keeps backing on the c drive even when going to the preferences option advanced tab and changing where the folder is and checking that media option.

    My device needs to be backed up at least 8 gigs or so and I only have not even a gig left on this C partition, how on earth can i tell itunes DON"T BACK IT UP ON THE C DRIVE?!!


    any help is appreciated!

    if it helps anyone it keeps backing it up to the c:/users/yournamehere/appdata/roaming/apple computer

    when i want it to backup on D: or whatever external hard drive I desire.

    Please and thank you!

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    well, you could try to make your partition bigger....i'm not sure if there is a way to have backups save to somewhere else.
  3. vap3

    vap3 New Member

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    but the thing is i can't, unless i wipe out my windows 7 partition and start from fresh but why would i do that when my windows is fine? I don't want to erase and repartition for a freaking simple task like syncing my iphone.

    its absurd.... still can't believe I can't change where the backup is... what happens if I wanna back it up to my external drive which is what I'm trying to do now!
  4. Appman

    Appman Community Development Staff Member

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    iTunes does all it's processes on the hard drive it's installed on. So you'll need to clear up some room on C: I don't believe there is a way around it.
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    vap3 New Member

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    lol i can't its 20 gigs.... windows 7 alone eats up so much of it already even when trying not to install a single thing on there.

    man this sucks...
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    Why dont you uninstall it and install itunes onto you E drive?
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    ^^ its already installed on the E drive =\ NOTHING is installed on the c drive except for windows 7 ... what a hog eh?
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    Copy the folder to your other drive/partition, delete it in the original place, then create a junction to the new folder location in the old location.

    I use this util for creating junctions:

    http://schinagl.priv.at/nt/hardlinkshellext/hardlinkshellext.html

    Just right-click-drag, release, and choose Drop here... Junction.

    Now everything added to the folder/junction on the C: drive will go to the folder on your other drive.
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    Ya should have done what i did and left 50gb for c, you need it in the long run even if you install programs elsewhere just seems silly to limit your space so much
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    Junctions on XP

    I had the exact same problem on XP.

    Thankfully my small C partition and my other partitions are on NTFS.
    I tried the junction solution AND IT WORKS!!!

    Specifically I downloaded this sysinternals tool:
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896768

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!

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