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Time Machine: Mount backup disk on demand
Authored by: JimMueller on Jul 25, '10 02:33:02PM

Never mind - ignore my questions.
Evidently TM automatically mounts and un-mounts the backup image as needed. It does not appear to mount the entire shared network volume you initially configure TM to use, but only the sparse image of the backup.
I had set up a shared volume TM_TEST, mounted it on a different Mac's Desktop (creatively named Mac) and configured this source Mac's TM to use it. When the backup was done I noticed TM_TEST was no longer on the source Mac's Desktop. When I kicked off a manual TM backup a plain drive named "Backup of Mac" appeared then disappeared once the backup completed.

It appears that Time Machine is brighter than I am.



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