Hard Drive Time Machine Question

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by maninthemoon, Oct 14, 2007.

  1. maninthemoon macrumors newbie

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  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    The format of the drive won't matter unless it's connected via USB.
     
  3. maninthemoon thread starter macrumors newbie

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    This drive can be connected either by ethernet or usb. I would like to be able to do both in different situation though most likely will only be using Time Machine when it is hooked up by ehternet to the router (to back up a mini and powerbook).
     
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    Do you need Windows compatibility?

    It'll probably come as FAT32 by default.
     
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    It looks like HFS+ will work fine on it then for USB usage.

    However...

     
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    I just tried my Iomega 400 and so far Time Machine is working fine. Might leave it setup for the meantime. :D
     
  9. maninthemoon thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I found this review on Mac Mall.

    "Uses FAT32 file system so Mac files with backslash () or quote (") can't be backed up except in USB mode.
    Summary: The only way to really use this "network" drive with the Mac is to use the USB connection, which totally defeats the purpose of having a network drive. Any characters that are invalid in Windows (even though valid in Mac OS) can't be used. I'm using Entourage and a few of the files that come with it have a backslash in the filename. That means the file won't copy to the drive. So I'm looking into returning it for a drive that truly does support OS X."

    Which is what made me originaly doubt using it. I take it that this person just didn't know how to change the formating?
     
  10. maninthemoon thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Anyone know of a drive similiar to this one. One that can be used either with ethernet or usb (or firewire), small, fanless and can be formated as HFS+ and used as a network drive.
     

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