Configure portable HDD to sync with Time Machine over Wi-Fi

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  1. joewhite89 macrumors newbie

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    I'm not sure if this can be done, but I'd like to be able to back up data on my Mac using Time Machine over a local wireless network, rather than using the conventional wired USB connection. Is this possible? Or is a trip to the Apple Store for a Time Capsule in the cards ...

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. priitv8 macrumors 68020

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    You can safely use USB drive connected to a Mac that runs OS X Server with activated TimeMachine service. Or to a TimeCapsule. Based on Apple's info, TimeMachine backups are now also supported to the USB drive connected to the latest AirPort Extreme (the tower model).
    Otherwise you are simply looking for troubles along the road:
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1627019
     
  3. ColdCase macrumors 68030

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    For reliability and ease of setup you want an apple approved device to connect the backup drive to. That is either a time capsule, another mac, or an AEBS. The time capsule has internal drive, so its most convenient.
     
  4. priitv8 macrumors 68020

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    Also, the AEBS needs to be the tower model, not the flat one.
     

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