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My wife has a MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017) with 256GB SSD. She recently purchased a iPad Air 4 256 GB.

She (unsurprisingly) can't backup her iPad to the MacBook as it requires 60GB.

Is it possible to backup to a USB HDD?

If so how?

I finally got around to trying (realistically I was allowed to access my wife's laptop) the suggestion below. Unfortunately I can't seem to access the MobileSync directory.

I had previously checked on my iMac but I have disabled SIP.

Even using sudo won't let me access the directory and results in "operation not permitted" although most of the other directories are accessible.

Any other suggestions?

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  1. Delete or rename the old backup folder located there: ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync
  2. Create new backup folder on your USB HDD
  3. Create link by the following terminal command (replace path with the path to your new backup folder): sudo ln -s "PATH" ~/Library/Application\Support/MobileSync/Backup

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