Does Time Machine officially support network drives yet?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by mactoucher, Jul 31, 2008.

  1. mactoucher macrumors newbie

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    I'm finally getting some network storage organised, and trying to decide whether to get Time Capsule or some other sort of network attached storage...

    My question - does Leopard officially support backing up to a network drive other than Time Capsule's? I know there are hacks to get this to work on non-TC drives, but I was curious whether there was native support nowadays?
     
  2. r0k macrumors 68040

    r0k

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    Yes. It claims to support network drives. However current Time Machine software may have issues with network backup via wifi even if you are using a Time Capsule. If you are using TM to backup to a network drive via wifi, I would disable sleep for your Mac. I don't think TM can use any old network drive, ie a Buffalo Linkstation. You will need a an Airport Extreme connected to a usb drive or a Time Capsule to "officially" use Time Machine over the network.

    There is 3rd party software like itimemachine and timemachineeditor that offer workarounds for default TM behavior. I don't recommend these.
     
  3. Apple Ink macrumors 68000

    Apple Ink

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    Only AirDrives (xHDD connected to Apple's own Airport extremes only!)

    If you do need to see other network drives... just pop this in the terminal

    Code:
    defaults write com.apple.systempreferences TMShowUnsupportedNetworkVolumes 1
     
  4. badabing2005 macrumors newbie

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    I was looking for thw same thing. Thanks Apple Ink
     

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