Back up system for shared Macs?

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  1. b2387692, Nov 9, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2014

    b2387692 macrumors member

    Nov 9, 2014
    In addition to my MBP late 2011 17" 750GB HD (530GB free), I have a Mac Mini Server late 2011 (hardwired) with dual 500GB 7200RPM hard drives ("Server HD" with 340GB free & "Macintosh HD2" with 499GB free), which shares files with my MBP. Both machines are running OS X Lion 10.7.5, which came pre-installed (no disk). I've never used Time Machine on either machine & I don't have an external drive.

    How would you setup 2 Macs like this to be backed up on an ongoing basis?
  2. b2387692 thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 9, 2014
    Anyone with knowledge of backing multiple Macs, I'd appreciate your feedback! ;). Thanks!
  3. JTravers macrumors 6502a

    Jun 28, 2010
    Enable Time Machine server on your mini and use that to backup your 17. And get an external drive to backup your mini using Time Machine.

    Or get a Time Capsule to back up both.

    You can also buy Carbon Copy Cloner software to clone your drives, if you want extra protection.
  4. jimmyco2008 macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2014
    +1 for Time Capsules! Centralized, wireless backup- what's not to love?
  5. b2387692 thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 9, 2014
    Hmmm? What's going on?? In Finder on my Mini, I don't see "SHARED" or my 17 but in Finder on my 17, I see "SHARED" and my Mini...?
    Also, what's the difference between an external drive and Time Capsule?
  6. Rhyalus macrumors 6502


    Mar 4, 2011
    I love file sync free... I use it to sync folders between macs and pc's. Works like a charm...

    Google for it and let me know if you can't find it.

  7. b2387692 thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 9, 2014

    I got a 2TB WD My Passport Ultra external HD.

    I have a clean install of OS X Lion 10.7.5 on my 17 from Internet Recovery but with the inability to get the latest auto security update, I'm looking to upgrade to Yosemite, most likely on both my Mini Server & 17.

    That said, How do I...
    1) enable Time Machine server on my mini and use that to backup my 17?
    2) use the external drive to backup my mini using Time Machine?
  8. JTravers macrumors 6502a

    Jun 28, 2010

    Plug the external drive into your mini and create two partitions using Disk Utility. One partition is for your mini time machine backups and the other can be used as the destination for other macs on your network.

    1) You have to buy the OS X Server app from the Mac App Store. Then setup the time machine service in the app and point it to one of the partitions you created on the external drive. You can google for complete instructions.
    2) Open time machine preferences on your mini and add the other partition of the external drive as a backup destination.

    Hope that helps. There are plenty of walkthroughs of the above on the web if you need a more detailed explanation.
  9. b2387692 thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 9, 2014
    I have the Mac Mini Server Mid 2011 (Macmini5,3), which I believe came preloaded with and is currently running Mac OS X Server Lion 10.7.5, so...why would I still need to download OS X Server app, which apparently cost $19.99?
  10. JTravers macrumors 6502a

    Jun 28, 2010

    You wouldn't need to download it then. Just open and turn on and configure the Time Machine service.
  11. JHUFrank macrumors 6502a


    Apr 16, 2010
    This is a real good strategy. Personally, I have a NAS which I share out on our home network as a Time Machine Destination, and all of our macs backup to it via Time Machine over wifi.

    Attached Files:

  12. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Another vote a NAS, its designed for such things, many of them uses RAID for data duplication, and you can set up different accounts for different computers to back each one up.
  13. b2387692 thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 9, 2014
  14. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Network Attached Storage like this.
  15. poiihy macrumors 68020


    Aug 22, 2014
    One device has file sharing enabled and the other doesn't. Check your sharing preferences.


    Just a bunch of hard drives connected to your network.

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