Time Machine

Discussion in 'macOS' started by countryman, Jan 13, 2008.

  1. countryman macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2008
    Is there any was to have time machine save itsd files on a PC running either linux or win xp? if so could it do it over my home network or would i have to connect it via firewire?
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
    No. Time Machine needs a HFS formatted drive in order to work. Although you could access the files from XP using MacDrive.
  3. TemeculaMac macrumors regular

    Aug 8, 2007
    Sure you can. There's a command line hack that will allow Time Machine to use other filesystems/devices than HFS.

    I'm currently running a Linux box with EXT3 filesystem. I have a Samba share that my iMac sees and mounts. Time machine uses this mount to back up to. The only difference is that files are stored as 8MB "sparse" files on my Linux box.

    I've been running like this for months now, without any issues. My brother has the exact same set up, and hasn't had any issues either.

  4. TemeculaMac macrumors regular

    Aug 8, 2007
    More info on what I did:

    1) On your linux box, create a samba share (I named mine "timemachine")
    2) Go to your mac and mount the "timemachine" samba share
    3) Open a terminal, and run:
    defaults write com.apple.systempreferences TMShowUnsupportedNetworkVolumes 1
    4) Open TimeMachine preferences and you should now see your "timemachine" share to be used as a backup device.


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