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10.7: Enable Time Machine on unsupported network drives
Authored by: dbs on Sep 20, '11 10:51:33PM

Hacking time machine to back up to unsupported devices is possibly very foolish. The last thing you want to do is risk the integrity of your backup. (After all, the point of time machine is to keep your data safe.) If SMB servers are not supported because they don't have the required flushing protocol (the ability to verify that data has been written to the disk image to avoid corruption) then hacking things to make it "work" will run the very real risk of corrupting your whole backup if there is a network interruption.

Given how difficult it has been for Apple to get their own network backup system (Time Capsule) working reliably, I would be very, very wary of trusting a hack for a third party device.



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