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Got all your favorite songs on an iPhone or iPod but you are running out of space on the device and wish to backup the music without clogging up your PC? Easy! Why not backup the iPhone or iPod music to an external drive? This guide explains how to transfer music from iPhone to any USB drive such as an external hard disk or a flash drive.

Let’s back up your music to an external hard drive:

Transfer all music from iPhone to an external hard drive

  1. Connect the flash drive or external hard disk to the PC.

  2. Download CopyTrans from the page below: Download CopyTrans now

  3. Install the program. If you need help installing CopyTrans, please refer to the installation guide.

  4. Run CopyTrans and connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod.
  5. To transfer all music from iPhone to a USB drive, choose Manual Backup.Transfer music to folder with CopyTrans
  6. Navigate to your external hard drive and click “OK” to start the transfer.popup to select backup destination
  7. Wait until the procces is completed and enjoy your music backed up to an external drive!

Transfer selected music from iPhone to a USB flash drive.

  1. Start CopyTrans and connect the iPhone, iPad, or iPod to the PC. Click on the “Classic mode” option at the bottom-left corner.

    Classic mode button CopyTrans

    Classic mode displays all the device tracks and playlists. main copytrans window with iphone tracks and playlists in view

  2. Choose “Manual backup” from the top of the window: manual backup option in copytrans

  3. Next, select the songs you wish to backup by clicking on the box next to each track. To select all tracks, including voice memos and videos, click the box next to your iPhone name under the “Playlists” pane. To only backup music, choose Music under the “Categories” pane, then select the songs: select music in copytrans main window

  4. After this, select the backup to Folder: backup to folder button

  5. Choose the USB drive by clicking on the Blue pencil symbol: blue pencil button in copytrans prompt

  6. Select the external drive (in our case, this was flash drive G:). Click OK: popup to select backup destination

  7. You can customize the order of folders in your backup in accordance with your preferences. Customize your folder tree structure

  8. If you prefer keeping all the tracks from a single list in one folder without creating new subfolders, just leave the relevant fields empty. Customize your folder tree structure

  9. After you have adjusted your backup settings, click OK and start the backup.Start backup of the selected playlists to iTunes or to pc

  10. Let the backup finish. window indicating copytrans backup progress

That’s all. The iPhone music is copied to the selected external USB drive. iphone music in windows explorer window

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Krasimir is an avid marketing aficionado and a tech-support specialist in charge of the English-speaking market. He grew up in Bulgaria and on the island of Mauritius where he became passionate about windsurfing and photography.