Mac Mini as TimeMachine

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by hehe299792458, Nov 20, 2011.

  1. hehe299792458 macrumors 6502a

    hehe299792458

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    I've run a WHS 2011 as the central server for my home, but its inability to properly handle TimeMachine without unstable hacks has lead me to buy a Mac Mini expressly for that purpose.

    However, obviously, the 500gb internal HDD is far from enough. What's the best way to expand the storage options? USB? Firewire? Thunderbolt?

    I have a lot of HDDs at home, so I don't need more external drives. Just enclosure will be great.
     
  2. zulkiflim macrumors regular

    zulkiflim

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    Heya

    My setup is like this.

    Mac mini wireless joined to home network.
    NAS (DS411J , BTB) connected via ethernet to Mac Mini.

    Right now the Synology Nas does not allow connection via USB .

    So Skip synology.....
     
  3. warvanov macrumors 6502a

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    Here's what I have set up. It's by no means sophisticated but it works.

    I have an old G4 mini with an external 1TB drive. The mini doesn't have wifi but it has a wired connection to the wireless router.

    I also have a new MacBook Pro. I connect to the mini's external drive and use that for TimeMachine backups.
     
  4. mikepro macrumors 6502

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    Curious as to why you didn't just buy a Time Capsule? Cheaper and easier setup than a mini, no?
     
  5. zulkiflim macrumors regular

    zulkiflim

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    Heya

    For me people who really care for their data should not buy time capsule.

    If time capsule HD crashes, that's it.. you cant recover the data.

    With a mulitple HD NAS, one or two disc failure is expected but your data is always retrievable.

    Apple should take over QNAP or Synology.
     
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