Airport Extreme – Time Machine – Ext HD

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  1. AllergyDoc, Nov 17, 2014
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    AllergyDoc macrumors 65816

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    I recently bought and set up a new Airport Extreme. I set up a separate 5GHz channel because my new devices seem to run much faster on it.

    I moved my Time Machine hard drive to the Extreme, to clear it off my desk and so my wife could back up her rMBP to the same drive.

    I seemed to have mucked something up. When I go to the external drive in Finder, I see Backups.backupdb with the name of my computer and subdirectories for backups that end on 11/14/2014, the date I moved the drive to the Express.

    Separate from the Backups..backupdb directory I see the sparse bundles for both our computer, but no subdirectories.

    It appears I quit using the former backup and created a new one. If so, I have a couple of questions:

    1) Why isn't my new backup displayed on folder format?

    2) Can I delete the old backup, which is displayed in folder format? (Assuming I don't need anything from the old backup.)
     
  2. JTravers macrumors 6502a

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    Time Machine always backs up over the network to a sparse bundle. It only uses folders with a directly attached disk. It does this because Time Machine can't verify the file system of a disk being used over a network.
     
  3. AllergyDoc thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Gottcha. So it's always going to be an "image." When I enter Time Machine it does display backups in chronological order, as it should.

    So I can just delete the old backup, then?
     
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  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I believe you mean the AirPort Extreme. The USB port in the AirPort Express is only for a printer, and does not support connection of an external drive.

    Uses for the USB port of AirPort Time Capsule, AirPort Extreme, AirPort Express
     
  6. AllergyDoc thread starter macrumors 65816

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    You're both correct. I meant Extreme and have modified my initial post. I always get those two mixed up.
     
  7. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Assuming you don't need any old, versioned documents or anything from those old backups... yes you can just delete them.
     

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