How to Back up iPad Files to External Hard Drive

"My nearly full 64 GB iPad (iOS 9) is eating up my HD. I have like 200 MBs left! Is there a way to save the backup to an external HD to save it for whenever I need to restore?"

Do you want to back up iPad files to an external hard drive if something unexpected should happen that could cause major data loss? Have you decided to sell your old iPad, so you're eager to back up all the files on your iPad before the deal? Whatever the reason is, you may realize that it's not an easy thing to backup ipad to external hard drive. Apple allows you to export the photos and video shot with your iPad whenever you connect the iPad to the computer via a USB cable, but it's still far from being enough, because sometimes, you also want to back up music, contacts, messages and more. As helpful as iTunes is, the iPad backup file will be directly accessible through iTunes, so you can still copy it to the external hard drive.

If this is your case, then I highly recommend an easy-to-use iPad backup tool – the Wondershare TunesGo Retro - iOS Transfer (Windows). It lets you back up iPad music, playlists, movies, photos, contacts, SMS, music videos, TV shows, audiobook, iTunes U and podcasts to an external hard drive. Besides, the files backed up are very easy to read and use.

 

For Mac users, please turn to the Wondershare TunesGo Retro (Mac). This Mac version enables you to back up photos, movies, music, music videos, podcasts, iTunes U, audiobooks and TV shows from your iPad to an external hard drive, iOS 9 iPad supported.

Easy steps to backup iPad files to an external hard drive

Choose the right version of this software and download it to your Windows PC or Mac. Here, let's do an iPad backup to an external hard drive with the Windows version.

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Step 1. Connect the iPad and external hard drive to the PC

Use USB cables to connect both your iPad and external hard drive to the PC. Run this software. When your iPad is detected, it will show up in the primary window of the software. Also, the external hard drive will be shown on your computer.

Note: The Windows and Mac versions of the TunesGo Retro software support backing up files on the iPad mini, iPad with Retina display, iPad 2, iPad Air, The New iPad and iPad running iOS 5, iOS 6, iOS 7, iOS 8 and the newest iOS 9 to an external hard drive.

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Step 2. Back up iPad files to an external hard drive

In the primary window, go to Export Music to Folder on the bottom line. Then, browse your computer to find a folder on the external hard drive. At that point, this software will back up all the songs on your iPad to the external hard drive.

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Back up iPad music, videos, photos, contacts and SMS to the external hard drive.

In the left sidebar, separately click Media, Playlist, Photos, Contacts and SMS. Then, the corresponding window appears in the right pane.

  • By clicking Media, you can back up music, movies, music videos, podcasts, TV shows, audiobook and iTunes U.
  • Click Playlist and select your wanted playlists. Click Export to (available in the Windows version)
  • Click Photos > Choose Photos > Export to to back up the selected or all iPad photos to the external hard drive
  • Click Contacts > Select Contacts > Export to (can be done with the Windows version)
  • Click SMS > tick the iMessages, MMS & text messages > Export to (only the Windows version lets you do this)

backing up ipad to external hard drive

See, that's the easy guide about how to back up iPad (iOS 9-supported) to an external hard drive. With the help of this software, you can also back up files on the iPad to iTunes or other iOS devices without a hitch.

Download TunesGo Retro to try backing up iPad to an external hard drive.

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May 03,2016 10:35 am / Posted by Thomas Jones to iPad

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