Backup Time Machine Over Network

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

  1. Life,Death,Tech macrumors newbie

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    Jul 19, 2010
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    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:
    http://www.xiotios.com/itimemachine.html

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

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    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

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    Jan 14, 2008
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    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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