Quick time machine question

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by sim667, Feb 12, 2013.

  1. sim667 macrumors 65816

    Dec 7, 2010
    I've had a macbook pro for ages, but still not got a time machine for it...... I cant really be bothered to plug it in every time I want a back up done, and Im probably going to share my external raid 1 I used for my mac pro to do the back up.

    So will partitioning my raid 1, mounting the partition and then setting that as the time machine backup on my macbook pro work? Or does it have to be an actual apple time machine drive to back up wirlessly?

    Also on a raid 1, if its partitioned and one drive fails, theres no reason you can still mount both partitions of that pair of drives is there? (Annoyingly I just replaced the drives as the both failed at the same time last time).
  2. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    Just to clarify, by "Sharing" I assume you mean connecting to your existing external disk on your Mac Pro via the network - not by unplugging it from the MP and plugging into the MBP.

    It can be done, it's just not quite plug-and-play. You will need to set up a sparse disk image on the remote drive, mount the image on the MBP, and then locate the new image in Time Machine and turn it on.

    Here is one article with info on doing this:

  3. sim667 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Dec 7, 2010
    thats exactly what i mean..... great link too! thanks very much
  4. sim667 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Dec 7, 2010
    tried it last night.

    15 days to do a backup.... think ill stick to the cable (itll be my terrible router thats slowing it down)

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