Can I share iMac's external drive to another iMac for Time Machine backup?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by rambler358, Feb 19, 2016.

  1. rambler358 macrumors member


    Sep 5, 2014
    Torrance, CA
    My wife and I both now have iMacs. I've attached an external drive to my iMac, and I wondered if it's possible to share that external drive so my wife's iMac can see it for use with Time Machine for backup. We're both running off the same network (Time Warner Cable if that matters), and both our iMacs are in the same room, and use ethernet connections. Is this something that's possible to do?
  2. DJLC macrumors 6502a


    Jul 17, 2005
    North Carolina
    AFAIK this is only possible with OS X Server or a Time Capsule.

    You could *try* running the command below to enable unsupported network volumes as TM destinations, but I'm not sure if it works in the latest versions of OS X. YMMV.

    defaults write TMShowUnsupportedNetworkVolumes 1

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