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Time Machine wireless with Lion?

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walt_scrivens Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jun 14, 2012 6:47 AM

I've been using an AirPort Extreme with an external 1TB hard drive plugged in to the USB port for Time Machine with Snow Leopard.  When I upgraded to Lion, it started failing - about once a month Time Machine would decide it had to do a whole new backup from scratch.  Apple support tole me that this configuration is "not supported".

 

I don't like having to shell out $299 for what amounts to a new AirPort with a hard drive included.  Is there any other alternative to wireless Time Machine under Lion?

 

Walt

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.1)
  • Shawn Grinter 2 Level 3 Level 3 (930 points)
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    Jun 14, 2012 9:03 AM (in response to walt_scrivens)

    USB disks attached to Airport Extremes are not supported for Time Machine (TM). Never were - probably never will be as Apple really wants you to but a time capsule. They may "appear" to work - but as you've found out they are dead flakey.

     

    HOWEVER - I have the same (2TB Disk attached to an AX) and I use Carbon Copy Cloner* as my backup of choice. Not as nifty as TM but does work well for me.

     

    * Other backup programs available.

     

    Regards,

    Shawn

  • HACKINT0SH Level 5 Level 5 (5,750 points)
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    Jun 14, 2012 10:47 PM (in response to Shawn Grinter 2)

    Never were - probably never will be as Apple really wants you to but a time capsule.

    That's not quite correct. We had a couple firmware versions out a while back to support this. But engineering dropped the support, so AppleCare as a rule can't support this set-up either. You can TRY to push your luck here, but eventually just about everyone will run into failure with this at one point or another.

  • Blue Topaz Calculating status...
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    Jun 15, 2012 5:05 PM (in response to HACKINT0SH)

    Hackintosh: "We had a couple firmware versions out a while back to support this."

     

    What do you mean "we"? Are you saying you are an Apple employee?

  • Blue Topaz Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jun 16, 2012 2:23 PM (in response to walt_scrivens)

    Well, being that none of the Apple support team members are supposed to reveal themselves on here (but we all know they're here), that's what I thought.  

  • mdelvecchio Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 1, 2012 8:36 AM (in response to Blue Topaz)

    or he just as easily could have meant that in the proverbial "we (the user base enjoyed)".

  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,710 points)
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    Jul 1, 2012 9:19 AM (in response to HACKINT0SH)

    HACKINT0SH wrote:

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    We had a couple firmware versions out a while back to support this.

    No.  There was an update early in Leopard that made it possible, and many blogs, etc., claimed that meant Apple supported it, but it has never been supported by Apple.

     

    A little history: Time Machine was introduced with Leopard.  Some of the pre-release info did say it would work, and it was tested (with mixed results) during the beta period, but when Leopard was publicly released, it did not work and was not supported.   Some folks discovered that they could use that configuration anyway by employing a Terminal command that allowed "unsupported" destinations.  A few months later (about 10.5.4, I think), that command was no longer necessary -- apparently to allow backing-up to USB disks connected to Time Capsules and/or 3rd-party NAS drives that meet Apple's requirements.  That's what some incorrectly assumed was Apple support.

     

    Bottom line:  It's usuallly unreliable.  If you value your data, use a more reliable destination.  See Time Machine - Frequently Asked Question #2.

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