Windows hard drive as a time capsule

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Boots-, Jul 6, 2013.

  1. Boots- macrumors regular

    Jan 27, 2009
    Hey, I was wondering if there was a way to use Time Machine to automatically back up wirelessly to a hard drive that was connected to a Windows 7 computer. I have a Macbook pro running Mountain Lion and would rather it backup wirelessly and automatically rather than having to always plug in my external hard drive. Is there anyway to back up to a Windows share, or an external hard drive that is connected to my Windows pc? What are my options?
  2. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
  3. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    First be warned the compared to a direct attached disk a wireless disk is S-L-O-W. But if not much chances every hour then you don't care about speed. But dong the first backup over the air can take many hours or even a full day.

    You can do it. But you'd first need software on the PC share the disk using the protocol that your Mac likes -- The file system must support "links".

    The best thing to do is reformat the Windows system to run either Linux or BSD Unix. then you can have a much nicer "NAS" made from old PC parts. Google "FreeNAS", it is a very good use for old Windows PCs

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