Time Machine: 2 different computers, 2 different connections

Discussion in 'macOS' started by sherthang, Oct 25, 2008.

  1. sherthang macrumors newbie

    Jul 1, 2007
    Hello. I currently have a LaCie 1TB Neil Poulton drive with Firewire 400, USB 2.0, and eSATA. I have being connecting my MacBook to the drive via Firewire and backing up as I see necessary. I just got a new MacBook (without Firewire).
    Question 1) Can two machines back up to the same drive? (not at once)
    Question 2) Will Time Machine allow backup from one Firewire source and one USB source (again, not at the same time)
    Thanks much in advance!
  2. hiddenpremise macrumors regular


    Jul 25, 2008
    Somewhere between my imagination and reality
    I do not use time machine, but from my reading it should work just fine. Time machine does support more than one computer on the same drive assuming there is enough space, so I am 99.99% it should work just fine.
  3. ambys macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2008
    And in the event you're worried about the other 0.01%, I can tell you with 100% certainty that it's fine. :)
  4. sherthang thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 1, 2007
    do i have to partition?

    Thanks for the good news so far-do i have to partition the drive for the other machine?
  5. outspokn macrumors newbie

    Feb 15, 2008
    Time Machine resides on the computer not the external drive. Each computer should be able to back up independently of the other, assuming the drive can handle it.
    I have a Time Capsule that is attached to my iMac via ethernet and my wife's MacBook via wireless. Both work great. I have never had a problem with conflicts and have never partitioned the TC drive.

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