Back (Time Machine) drive hosted on networked PC?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Qwerty11, Jan 11, 2015.

  1. Qwerty11 macrumors regular

    Sep 1, 2010
    Is it possible to have your backup HD that is doing the Time Machine backups be connected to a networked PC? If not, can Carbon Copy Cloner do this?
  2. Altemose macrumors G3


    Mar 26, 2013
    Elkton, Maryland
    Time Machine is not supported officially on anything but a locally connected drive, AirPort Extreme + USB hard drive, or Time Capsule. Some third party hardware "supports" it but it is liable to breaking at Apple's discretion. I do not think you should have CCC point to a networked PC.
  3. jimholcomb macrumors member

    Dec 28, 2014
    Cary, NC
    I've been playing around with backing up to a Windows 7 share and it works just fine. It is unsupported as mentioned above.

    However, being able to restore from that backup is just as important. Restoring individual folders and files works the same as it does from an attached drive but restoring your entire system to a clean disk is not as straightforward though.

    This is the article I used to setup my backups:

    And an article on how to restore:!/entr...ine-backup-thatrsquos-stored-on-a-windows,467

    As I said at the top I'm *playing* with this, just for the sake of science, and I plan to add a drive to the Mac.

  4. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011

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