Time Machine over network to Windows pc

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

  1. fenderbass146 macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2009
    Northwest Indiana
    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

    Mar 14, 2008
    Not possible unless you format part or all of the hard drive in the Mac OS X (HFS+) file system.
  3. talmy macrumors 601


    Oct 26, 2009
    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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