How to backup Air to Mac Mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by ShaneBunting, Oct 28, 2013.

  1. ShaneBunting Suspended

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    Is there a way I can set my MacBook Air to automatically backup through Time Machine to the HDD in my Mac Mini?

    Or would I need the Server version?

    Thanks
     
  2. ShaneBunting thread starter Suspended

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  3. Jambalaya macrumors 6502a

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    Have you tried making the Mac Mini disk visible to the Air (via sharing) and then pointing Time Machine at it ?
     
  4. opinio macrumors 65816

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    You just share the HDD on your Mac mini and make sure it is mounted on the mac book air the first time you add it in time machine settings, thereafter, time machine will mount and unmount automatically when it does it's regular backup. You obviously need to keep the mini on if you want the time machine backup yo work.
     
  5. ShaneBunting thread starter Suspended

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    Okay, thanks. Is the Mac mini efficient enough to keep on 24/7 without having a noticeable impact on the electric bill?
     
  6. opinio macrumors 65816

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    Yes. Very efficient. My 2.6ghz idles at about 5 watts from memory. You can check the wattage with Intel Power Gadget App.
     
  7. Weaselboy Moderator

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    https://www.apple.com/osx/server/features/#time-machine

    You need Server for Time Machine backup over the network to another Mac. You might be able to get it working by sharing, but it is not a supported solution and will be unreliable.
     
  8. blueroom macrumors 603

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    Or get a good NAS that supports TM and backup both.
     

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