Backup Time Machine Over Network

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Life,Death,Tech, Jul 21, 2010.

  1. Life,Death,Tech macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2010
    I'm trying to backup the contents of my MacBook Pro wirelessly to an external hard drive that is connected to a Mac Mini in my living room. All the tutorials I've read say to create a sparsebundle file with the same name as the one that's found in the folder of your Time Machine backup.

    I've used these instructions in the past and they've worked:

    This all makes sense, but I can't find the sparsebundle file anywhere on my Time Machine drive.


    Instead of a single sparsebundle file it's just a folder of my MacBook Pro's hard drive.

    What's the deal?
  2. skorpien macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    The deal is that Time Machine backs up differently to a network attached drive than to a drive connected directly. What you are seeing is the result of backing up to a directly connected drive. It creates folders and copies the files into them. Time Machine creates the sparsebundle image file when backing up to a network attached drive, for example a Time Capsule. You'll need to create your backup from scratch.

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