How do I partition a NAS from MacOS?

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  1. MrMister111 macrumors 68030

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    I have been told my Seagate for my personal cloud NAS to use Time Machine to partition the NAS HDD, and then point Time Machine at that partition. The Seagate personal drive supports Time Machine.

    So, how do I partition it though? I open disk utility and the NAS isn't listed. I can see it in Finder though and it's connected.

    I go in the personal cloud webpage and there is nothing in there on how to partition though. Seagate support just says to use Disk utility, but I can't see it.

    If I can eventually get a partition, which should I chose please?

    thanks
     
  2. velocityg4 macrumors 601

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    A NAS would have nothing to do with Disk Utility. Any partitioning would be through the NAS interface. In this case it uses a web interface.

    Device Manager: This is where much of the configuration will take place for your NAS.

    Storage:

    You would manage your NAS storage in Device Manager > Storage. Which is where you can manage Volumes and setup RAID. Volumes setup would be like partitions as far as I can tell from the manual. You don't choose a file system type. That is managed by the NAS. I can't tell how granular the management is for a user. If you can create multiple partitions or just select RAID schemes.

    Shares:

    The bit the Mac would see are Shares.
    • You'll need to create a user or users in the Users section of Device Manager first. Then create a Share in the Shares section.
    • You'll probably want to create a separate Share for each Mac using Time Machine also one or multiple if the NAS is also being used for storage. This is important for limiting disk usage and prevent errors from multiple Time Machine backups competing for space.
    • This is were you decide which Volume to place the Share, set Storage Quotas, set User and Group permissions, and select available Services for the Share.

    Services:

    This is where you choose basic network services to enable. Which can then be individually selected for the Shares in the shares section.
    • File Services: If you are just using Macs. You'll likely just be interested in having AFP run and possibly iTunes and UPnP/DLNA. SMB is really for Windows as AFP is more efficient with Macs. FTP is for remote usage.
    • Application Services: As your concern in your post is Time Machine. You'll want the Time Machine service running. Then make sure it is enabled on your Shares.

    The information posted is from the Seagate NAS OS 4 manual.
     
  3. MrMister111 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Ok thanks. I have read but I can't see where it states to partition it.

    I've looked on the web page and can't see. I'll have another read through.

    I only want another partition for 1 time machine for the 1 Mac at moment.
     
  4. velocityg4 macrumors 601

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    You setup shares and limit their sizes with storage quotas.
     
  5. MrMister111 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Ah so I won't need to partition it? I can just make a new folder share specifically for TM and use that?
     
  6. velocityg4 macrumors 601

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    Yes, and set a size limit so the Time Machine backups don't balloon out of control.
     
  7. MrMister111 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I've made a new user on personal cloud web page, with a new folder, called it time machine.

    If I then go to my Mac , settings, time machine, it can see the for to use. However how do I set a size limit? On personal cloud or Mac time machine settings? I can't see how on either.

    Thanks for help
     
  8. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

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    It's all on the NAS, there's no size limit in Time Machine.
     

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