PowerMac G5 as Time machine server for multiple Macs?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by RedCroissant, Apr 21, 2015.

  1. RedCroissant Suspended

    Aug 13, 2011
    Hello everyone.

    I know someone else already started a thread to make their G5 a server, but what I want to do with the Dual 2.3(3.5GB RAM) running OS X 10.5.8 is find a SATA controller card and then use the superdrive bay to house 2 extra HDDs that my iMac, G5 Quad, and my wife's C2D iMac would back up to.

    Does this make sense and would I have to use GUID as the partition scheme for these HDDs?
  2. bunnspecial macrumors 603


    May 3, 2014
    I use my Xserve G5 as a time machine server for all my PPC Macs. I have a 2TB drive in the third HDD bay for just that purpose.

    With Leopard Server, it's super easy. Just designate the server in the server contorl panel as a time machine server. Then, connect other computers to your network(either by ethernet or WiFi) and they will automatically find the drive and ask if you want to use it.

    I haven't tried too hard yet to make it work with 10.9, but suspect that I could probably just mount the network drive and then designate that as a time machine drive. It's not a huge deal-just not as easy as if everything's running Leopard.

    I'll also put in a plug and mention that if you don't want to spend a bunch of time messing around with it, the price you'll pay for Leopard Server($70-120 depending on how the Ebay auctions fall) makes it worth every penny when you're trying to do something like this.
  3. RedCroissant thread starter Suspended

    Aug 13, 2011
    Awesome! Thanks! I was just thinking about Dropbox again and then reconsidering individual HDDs connected to each machine for a back up and then realized that I have perfectly GREAT G5 without a superdrive, so why not do that?! Thanks again!

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