Backing up your iPhone to an external hard drive

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3. Restauración desde iCloud lenta : Si nos paramos a pensar, la nube como método de almacenamiento de archivos es algo relativamente nuevo. Todavía tiene mucho camino que recorrer y detalles que perfeccionar. Restaurar un backup desde la nube de Apple es un proceso lento, muy lento. Y si no contamos con una conexión a Internet de fibra óptica todavía puede serlo más.

Poniendo a punto el disco duro

Backing up your iPhone to an external hard drive
Backing up your iPhone to an external hard drive

Si después de leer los puntos expuestos anteriormente has decidido utilizar un disco duro o pendrive para hacer la copia de seguridad, ahora toca enseñarte a prepararlo .

  • El primer paso es crear una carpeta en el soporte de almacenamiento externo destinado a contener la copia de seguridad. Puedes ponerle el nombre que tú quieras, sky is the limit.
  • Making a backup is a very important task, yet very few people do it. Not only do we store important information on our computer, but the iPhone and iPad also have very sensitive data . Pictures, contacts, passwords and credit cards.

    That’s why today we’re going to teach you how to make a backup. But not on your laptop or desktop, but on an external hard drive , a place even more secure and accessible in any situation.

    Why backing up your iPhone and iPad is so important

    A device with an iOS operating system, such as an iPhone or iPad, are devices that, because of their usefulness and features focused on mobility, we usually take them around. At the time of transport, things like that can happen: being lost or stolen, falling from a considerable height or getting wet and suffering irreparable damage .

    We are innocent when we think that one of those situations will never happen to us. But the truth is that at the least expected moment, it happens . Therefore, we should stress the importance of having a copy of all our data.

    Why use an external hard drive

    A few years ago, thinking that a smartphone or tablet could have more storage than a conventional computer was crazy . But technology is advancing at an amazing speed, and it has shown us that it was not as impossible as we thought. That’s why some of the reasons for backing up to an external hard drive and not to the computer or the cloud are

    1. Low storage capacity on your computer : If you have a MacBook, you probably have 64, 128, or 256GB of hard drive storage. That’s not counting the space you already have. Considering that there are 256GB and 512GB iPhone and iPad, this may not be a viable option.

    2. 5 GB of iCloud storage is scarce no, the following : Apple, with each iCloud account, gives away 5 GB of storage. This is enough if you only have your mail, your contacts and a few photos. But if you want to use it for backups, the “iCloud full” warning will not stop bothering you. It’s one way for Apple to get us through the checkout and get more space.

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  • We’re looking for the “MobileSync” folder on our Mac. It’s as easy as opening a Finder window and pressing the cmd + shift + G keys and entering the following address: ~LibraryApplication SupportMobileSync
  • Once the folder is located, which is called “Backup”, we copy it to the pendrive or external hard drive.
  • Finally, although this is optional, you can change the name of the original folder, of the type “old copy” or “old backup”.
  • The next step is to open the Terminal and enter the following command (copy and paste is your best ally in this case): ln -s VolumesYourExternalHardDiskTunesBackupBackup ~LibraryApplication SupportMobileSyncBackup iTunesBackupBackup” through your external hard drive folder. If you don’t know, you can do it like this: Drag the new folder you created on the USB device to the terminal, then copy the path that appeared. Tienes que sustituir la parte “ExternalHD
  • Press Enter when you’re ready.


The acid test: backing up

Now comes the easy part. If you’ve done everything as we’ve instructed, there shouldn’t be any problem. We connect our iPhone or iPad to the Mac and start iTunes. Select the device in the sidebar and click the “Backup Now” button .

If you want a security bonus, then check the “Encrypt backup” option . By checking it, we make sure no one can use it to install on another iPhone or iPad, as it requires a password. Moreover, by encrypting it we won’t have to re-enter the passwords of all our social network accounts, mail, etc.

It is very important that you don’t forget your password, because if you do you will never be able to use it .

Check that everything went well

If we are in doubt as to whether or not the copy has been saved to the hard drive, it is very easy to check. Simply go to the folder on your hard drive where you saved it and see if many files were generated , which would indicate that everything went perfectly.

The next time you want to make a backup, so just connect your hard drive and your iPhoneiPad, open iTunes and hit “Backup Now” . That’s how much trouble you could save now that summer’s here.

By backing up your iPhone or iPad to a hard drive, you will avoid unnecessary problems and worries . Share the tutorial with your friends if you found it interesting.


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