Time Machine and NAS storage units

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Flybymac1023, Oct 16, 2007.

  1. Flybymac1023 macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2007
    #1
    This may be a premature question, since TM isn't out yet but. . . I don't own a Mac yet, but we're creeping closer. I currently use a 1TB NAS unit for live uncompressed backups and Retrospect for nightly local backups.

    The NAS drives are formatted FAT32 and, from what I read about TM, it needs a HFS+ formatted drive. I would like to use the NAS and not hang another drive on the Mac. Does anyone think this is doable?

    Thanks in advance, I hope to be joining your ranks soon.
     
  2. italiano40 macrumors 65816

    italiano40

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2007
    Location:
    NY
    #2
    yea but you may want to format it to HFS, and it sounds like a good drive
     
  3. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

    QuarterSwede

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2005
    Location:
    Colorado Springs, CO
    #3
    yes, a NAS drive will work fine. It's what I'm considering actually, I just need to find a good quality drive with a decent price.
     
  4. /dev/toaster macrumors 68020

    /dev/toaster

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2006
    Location:
    San Francisco, CA
    #4
    I have actually done this during my testing ... it will work on FAT32 drives and also works over SMB. However, it will be much slower then doing it over HFS+. The reason is, it actually creates sparseimages (~3GB per slice) and puts the data in there.

    If you can do it with a HFS+ partition, I would recommend it. Not to mention, you won't need to defrag it :D
     
  5. Flybymac1023 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2007
    #5
    Thanks for your input. I haven't worked with HFS partitioning before since I am on a PC platform. Does the mac os have partitioning software built in or is 3rd party software better for the job?

    I want to try to avoid having to partition the NAS since I have so much stuff on it but I have a couple of free-standing USB drives attached to the NAS that I assume would work as well.

    Is it possible to HFS a drive in a PC to act as a TM device? I have a few unused drives in the doomsday machine which is part of the same network.

    Thanks again.
     
  6. rockstarjoe macrumors 6502a

    rockstarjoe

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2006
    Location:
    washington dc
    #6
    Xfs?

    My NAS is formatted in XFS... does anyone know if this will work with Time Machine? I don't think I can change it without destroying the Raid array, and even then I don't think HFS+ is supported.
     

Share This Page