Using a USB3 drive as a NAS

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by Siron, Dec 2, 2015.

  1. Siron macrumors 6502


    Feb 4, 2008
    North Carolina
    I currently back up my MBA by connecting a Toshiba 1TB portable drive but would like to allow Time Machine to do this automatically. The Toshiba needs a powered USB3 port. at&t just installed U-verse but unfortunately the NVG599 gateway's USB port is of no use as it's not powered and apparently is only for use by at&t.
    Fortunately the gateway has a 802.11 ac WiFi and I can get close to 0.8 Gbps so it's ideal for back up. I need a device that has a Gigabit Ethernet port as well as a powered USB3 port.
    I purchased a PogoPlug thinking it would work but you can only access the attached drives via their network -- something I do not want to do.
    Can anyone point me in the right direction to purchase such a device? I though of maybe a router with a USB3 port (the at&t gateway allows pass through to an attached router) but did not know if the at&t gateway would process the WiFi signal and pass it on to the router to access the attached drive.
    Any help will be appreciated.
  2. LiveM macrumors 65816


    Oct 30, 2015
    I don't think you will ever get a NAS setup that can take advantage of anything faster than USB 2.0. Your drive will be wasted in such a role.
  3. IHelpId10t5 macrumors 6502

    Nov 28, 2014
    By the time you purchase all the hardware you need and figure out how to create such a duct-tape solution you could have bought a Time Capsule from Apple that is engineered to do exactly what you need it to do.
  4. Altemose macrumors G3


    Mar 26, 2013
    Elkton, Maryland
    Apple does not support Time Machine to a third party router. For a truly supported solution, you would need to put the AT&T gateway into bridge mode and use either an AirPort Extreme or a Time Capsule.
  5. Fabian90 macrumors regular

    Feb 19, 2013
    Bonn, Germany
    or OS X Server
  6. adit262 macrumors newbie

    Jan 4, 2016
    You could use a third-party solution like WD's MyCloud drive that supports Time Machine backup. You would have to connect it via ethernet to your AT&T router (hopefully you have more than one port). Be warned though, it seems there have been some issues around the integrity of the backups that get created.
  7. LiveM macrumors 65816


    Oct 30, 2015
    MyCloud would also be super slow to copy everything back agan, and I find the disk stays spinning all the time and the drive is always warm.
  8. Lucas Godfrey macrumors 6502

    Lucas Godfrey

    Jul 12, 2010
    Somewhere between Here and There
    Mac pro 4.1 in the cupboard with server and a 8tb drive in bay 4 set as a time capsule.
    Thats wired into my AC network and it backs up much faster then my time capsules used to.

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