Mac and time machine backup to a common network drive

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Apr 6, 2013

can I have a single networked drive that will allow both a PC and a Mac to backup to?

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In reply to digitalshooter, Apr 6, 2013

digitalshooter wrote:

can I have a single networked drive that will allow both a PC and a Mac to backup to?

Sometimes. The networked disk needs to properly support AFP. See here: http://support.apple.com/kb/PH11171

It may be best to have multiple partitions on the disk, one for TM and one for the PC/Other files. Otherwise Time Machine will keep filling the disk with as many old backups as it can hold. If you don't want to do that, you might be able to limit TMs storage using quotas on the NAS.

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In reply to digitalshooter, Apr 6, 2013

Yes you can use a single device to support backup for all machines

Due to the way Time machine/Capsule works it needs to be a separate *special* share (AFP), the windows backup can be done to SMB or iSCSI.

You need a NAS such as one from QNAP that actually supports "Time Machine Backup" or use some open source software such as FreeNAS to turn a spare PC into a TimeCapsule, with SMB shares for PCs.

If you read the link http://support.apple.com/kb/PH11171 carefully however you will realise that Apple only officially supports network backup to either Time Capsule or another Mac running MacOSX.

So an option would be a MacMini with the MacOSX server installed. That could serve as both Time Machine backup and also serve Windows clients.

Hope that helps,

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If I take an out of the box external drive and connect to mac via USB, I assume that drive must be formatted by the mac for use?

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In reply to digitalshooter, Apr 6, 2013

99.99% of the 'external' drives will be pre-formatted for NTFS (Windows) so you'll need to go into Disk Utility and repartition it (if you want to use the same drive for both Mac and PC) into 2 partitions, one of them being FAT (for the PC) and the other being HFS+ Journaled for the Mac.  Once the other partition is in FAT, you can use the PC to re-do it into NTFS.

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