time machine with terastation?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Jongewehr, May 6, 2009.

  1. Jongewehr macrumors 6502

    May 1, 2009
    hey guys , was wondering if anyone here uses Time Machine with there terastation network drive.

    i beleve the terastation is. in xts file format or somthing like that , i found a terminal command to have time machine see the terastation - it wont by default.

    1 has any done this with a terastation . or other backup device not defaultly seen by time machine,

    2 also lets say if i use the terastation, an i have a folder called enterprise (for all pc's), an one called "back up", if i choose backup , is it possible for time machine to delete enterprise folder? or somehow mess up the folder, because time machine says " NOTE: Time Machine works best if you use your backup disk only for Time Machine backups. If you keep files on your backup disk, Time Machine won’t back up those files, and the space available for Time Machine backups will be reduced."

    3. can you choose subfolders , like , backup > Jons macbook. cant seem to find if u can

    thanks guys
  2. rockstarjoe macrumors 6502a


    Jun 2, 2006
    washington dc
    Also curious about this. I've never tried it because of the filesystem, but over the network this might not be a big deal. Also my Terastation is so slow.
  3. snowmoon macrumors 6502a


    Oct 6, 2005
    Albany, NY
    1) all unsupported network time machine mounts will require some TLC to get going, the initial sparse bundle will have to be created with a script and then copied over.

    2) If it's not AFP with the leopard dir sync patch ( such as a custom netatalk ) then it will self corrupt eventually. Not if it will die, but when. You can sometimes recover the backups with a fsck which will take forever.

    There is support on drobo, or if you can DIY and rebuild netatalk. You can see the docs and patches in the backup myfruit application.
  4. Jongewehr thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 1, 2009
    thanks guys, dont sound like worth the risk,

    maybe ill get at $80 exteranl usb drive.. any recomendations
    or low cost network drive. (time machine compatibly of course)

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