Time Machine won't recognize D-Link network drive

Discussion in 'macOS' started by KenV, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. KenV macrumors newbie

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    I have a D-Link shared network drive.

    On my G5 Mac (OS10.5.8) the D-Link drive shows up in the "Shared" pane of the finder sidebar, and I can manually drag files to and from the folders on the D-Link drive. However, Time Machine cannot detect it. The D-Link shared drive does not show up in Time Machine's list of drives available for back up, so I cannot select the shared drive for use by Time Machine.

    I have set firewall security to "Allow all incoming connections" and have FileVault turned off.

    Does anyone have any suggestions?
     
  2. Kimbie macrumors regular

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    Time Machine can not use network shares by default, you need to run a command in terminal to allow it.

    If you follow this guide http://gigaom.com/apple/how-to-use-time-machine-over-a-network/ should do what you want

    Kimbie
     
  3. KenV thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I followed the instructions in the linked file. I cut and pasted the terminal command into terminal. My system then provided a warning about the dangers of using the sudo command and asked me for my password. I entered my administrator password. But nothing seemed to happen. I then checked Time Machine and the D-Link drive still does not appear in the list of back-up drives to select.

    The linked instructions are for XServe. Perhaps they don't apply to an older G5 Mac running OS 10.5.8?
     
  4. KenV thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The article looks like it provides a solution, but warns against doing it. Various comments to the article indicate they have used the hack successfully, while others warn against using it and why.

    Maybe I'll find a third party software solution. Or maybe I'll just pony up for a big internal drive and use that for backup.

    Thanks so much for your help.
     

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