Extending a drive into the cloud

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by kotis, Jul 3, 2011.

  1. kotis macrumors newbie

    Jan 1, 2008
    Is it possible to extend a drive in a notebook to the cloud.

    Say I have a MacBook Air with a 256G SSD and I extend/bind it with a 1TB HDD in the cloud or a disk attached to the USB port on an Apple Airport/Time Capsule router.

    What I want is the computer storage on the MBA to appear as 1TB, the 256G SSD to be completely replicated on the HDD, and thus if my MBA is missing, fails etc. I lose nothing. Obviously some magic storage management system would keep the right stuff to on the SSD so I would very seldom experience any performance hit.
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Not in the way you want to do it. The closest you can get is setting Time Machine to back up very frequently, but you are still forced to use your internal drive as your main drive. I don't know why you'd want to do it otherwise, as performance would be awful over the air.
  3. DannySmurf macrumors 6502a

    Jul 7, 2005
    Not only that. "Extending" a physical drive into the cloud would be a disaster for your data. As soon as that cloud drive is not available, your data is unavailable (maybe permanently, depending how the OS behaves when 2/3 of a drive simply disappears).

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