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10.5: Time Machine, networked drives, and laptops
Authored by: 6GTXEK on Nov 07, '07 07:58:38PM

I have to dispute this one. I attached an external drive to my PowerMac G5 and shared it. I then, on two separate laptops, connected them via wired eithernet and chose that network-shared drive as the Time Machine destination for the first backup. I switched them back to wireless after the first backup and they've been dutifully backing up every hour since then. I can even take them out of the house and they very gracefully wait to until they're back on the same network to catch up.

In answer to the first commenter, currently Apple only supports network backups to other Macs running Leopard. If your file server is anything else, it won't show up in the Time Machine list (although there are some possibly dangerous hacks out there to get it working with other servers). This will very likely change in a future update; I think they were just playing it safe for the first release.

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10.5: Time Machine, networked drives, and laptops
Authored by: deasmi on Nov 08, '07 08:22:53AM

That's interesting and may well be true, I'll have to investigate.

This was the only way I could get it to backup.

Once I'd started Time Machine off using and wired connection it refused to find the backup location when I switched to wireless.

This did seem to fix the problem but it's always possible that there was another way to fix it.

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