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10.6: Set up Time Machine on networked AFP volume
Authored by: hints_hinterton on Jun 17, '11 03:15:38PM

Thanks much, I used this hint (plus neilneil2000's advice to make the .plist with Terminal's nano) to make a Time Machine sparsebundle on a directly connected USB drive.

Having the sparsebundle makes it much easier to clone and manipulate Time Machine backups to other drives later.

Snow Leo had made it more difficult for me to do this easily. The main downside is that Snow Leo does not honor the gigabyte size cap you establish in the hdiutil step and appears to allow the sparsebundle to use up as much of the hard drive as it wants. This means you can't limit the sparsebundle to a portion of the drive without partitioning it ahead of time. Eventually your Time Machine will grow to fill all available space although, depending on your drive size, this might not be for quite some time.

Leopard made it easy to ensure that only a portion of a hard drive was used for a Time Machine sparsebundle but no longer.

Thanks again!



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