The first thing I want to do is explain the process we are going to carry out. AppleBy default, it doesn't let us back up the iPhone to a hard drive.
However, there is a way that the copy can be made on a hard disk drive, although you have to be careful and follow the instructions that I am going to give you to the letter to avoid making any mistakes.
Make an iPhone backup on an external hard drive with Mojave
With Mojave, things change. Apple has been able to do it to make the system safer, however, we must deactivate said security layer to carry out the process.
Apple consider that being root and administrator, especially when we only have one user can be quite dangerous.
That is the reason why the System Integrity Protection is enabled by default and for which we strongly recommend that you activate it again when you finish the process.
To deactivate it, in order to create the link that will allow us to make the copy on the hard disk we must do the following:
- We restart the Mac or turn it on, if it's off, while keep the CMD key (Command or ⌘) and the R key pressed at the same time.
- Once restarted click on the top in “Utilities”And we open the terminal.
- We write in the terminal “csrutil disable”And we give intro.
- It will appear to us that we have successfully disabled it in English.
For this part of the tutorial, obviously, we will have to have the external hard drive connected to the Mac.
This serves to carry out the command that really interests us and that allows us to create the link. The command is "ln -s" and creates a link.
- We must go to the MobileSync folder, which is where backup copies are stored. To do this we must put the command in Finder: Command ⌘ + Shift ⇧ + G and press enter to access the folder.
- There we will change the name to the “Backup” folder to any other. An idea is "Old Backup." It is important that you know that in that folder will be all the copies that you have made so far so it is important to rename it and not delete it.
- Now we will open the terminal again.
- We will write in the terminal: “ln -s” and drag the folder of our external hard drive so that it knows the address of it. Then we will write the address where iTunes should insert the copy: ~ / Library / Application Support / MobileSync / Backup.
- The result should be similar to this but with the corresponding routes to your hard drive: ln -s / Volumes / Guillermo / iPhoneBackup / Backup ~ / Library / Application Support / MobileSync / Backup
- TIP: The only thing we have to change is what is in green along the path of our disk.
Then we will reactivate the Mac System Integrity Protection To continue with the level of security we enjoyed so far:
- Restart the Mac or turn it on, if it is turned off, while holding down the CMD key (Command or ⌘) and the R key at the same time.
- Once restarted, click on “Utilities” at the top and open the terminal.
- We write in the “csrutil enable” terminal and we enter it.
- It will appear to us that we have successfully enabled it in English.
To do it in a version before Mojave we must avoid the step of deactivating the SIP (System Integrity Protection) and activate again later.
Make the backup and verify that it has been made
To make the backup we must go to iTunes and, when it detects our device select “This computer”, if we want we can encrypt it to save passwords and HomeKit devices and finally click on “Make backup”.
To verify that it has been done correctly, we will go to our external hard drive and see if there are any files inside the folder. Likewise, we must check in iTunes that the date of the copy corresponds to the moment in which we made the last copy.
Did you find the tutorial useful? The process is somewhat tedious but we will have no choice if we do not have space on the Mac or do not want to save the copy on it.
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