Time Machine over network to Windows pc

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by fenderbass146, Oct 1, 2010.

  1. fenderbass146 macrumors 65816

    fenderbass146

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    #1
    Okay so here is my setups. I have 2 macs in my house.. a macbook pro and a macbook air. I have an old dell desktop running windows 7 that has a terabyte external harddrive hoooked up to it. I want to be able to use it as a network time machine drive. Both laptops are running snow leopard. I was wondering is this possible and if so, how can I do it.

    Currently I am able to see the desktop and the external hardrive on my network from the macs, and I am able to drag and drop onto them, however I want to be able to use time machine.


    Can someone please help me.
     
  2. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Not possible unless you format part or all of the hard drive in the Mac OS X (HFS+) file system.
     
  3. talmy macrumors 601

    talmy

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    I actually had such a setup working a couple years ago but then it quit working (very bad for backups!). You have to create a sparse disk image on the Mac and move it to the PC. And then you have to cross your fingers.

    Much better is to buy a NAS or set up a Mac server.
     

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