wireless storage for Time Machine?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by jwflutterby, Sep 8, 2008.

  1. jwflutterby macrumors regular

    Jul 9, 2008
    While I would LOVE to get a 1TB Time Capsule and use it with Time Machine on my MBA, that is a whole lot of money when I already have a wireless router that works just fine and I can find 1TB of storage for much cheaper than that... My question is, what are my other options?? I have a Mac mini so my first thought was to plug a big ol' USB HD into that and have the MBA backup to that... Well I could access files on the HD from the MBA just fine but Time Machine refused to use it for backups...

    I have seen little wireless adapter boxes with USB ports for adding printers and HD's to your home network, would something like this work or would I run into the same issue with Time Machine not wanting to use it as a backup device? Is the Time Capsule really my only wireless choice??? TIA!!
  2. kalex macrumors 65816

    Oct 1, 2007
    you have to force Time machine to backup to network if you want to use it on anything other than Time capsule. problem is its not reliable and not fast. Suggestion would be to use your mac mini as a server for file access and also get an external USB drive to use as time machine for your air. just plug it in every few days and let it do its thing.

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