Currently Being ModeratedJan 12, 2013 1:48 PM (in response to Rick Wall)
Rick Wall wrote:
Time Machine is only backing up 50 MB an hour if that.
Agreed that is crazy slow.
WD use to be problematic for Macs, is this still the case?
Did you you reformat the WD with the correct partitioning scheme and format ; and get rid of the proprietary backup software?
Also TimeMachine if left on, can take local snapshots, and maybe be a benefit to you.
Does not answer your question I know.MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), 2.4GHz IntelCorei5 320GB HD 8GB RAM
Currently Being ModeratedJan 12, 2013 2:00 PM (in response to leroydouglas)
Thanks for the reply. I didn't change anything with the WD software. My basic understanding of it is that the WD software is necessary for the drive to function as a NAS drive. I'm not exclusively using it as a Time Machine backup disc - it's also delivering music and movies wirelessly to my Xbox, blu-ray player, phone, other computers, etc. I believe the drive has to have something installed on it to function like this.
My router has the option of plugging a drive into via USB, but I've tried that before with no luck. I had to have a Windows computer open connected to the drive in order to share the movies with my xbox for example.
I assume without the WD software, I won't be able to use it like that anymore so I just set the WD Time Machine settings to allow Time Machine backups and went at it.
I had no idea about the local snapshots though. I'll try leaving Time Machine on see how it goes.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 12, 2013 2:01 PM (in response to leroydouglas)
I also like that using the WD software I can access stored files over the internet from anywhere. So I really don't want to get rid of the software on it unless there's some sort of other software I could install on it that would handle all of the above and be more compatible with TM.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 12, 2013 2:31 PM (in response to Rick Wall)
Backing up to a network device other than a Time Capsule or another Mac is unsupported by Apple, and in my view, unsafe. If it doesn't work, your only recourse is to the device vendor, which will blame Apple. Apple will blame the vendor.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 12, 2013 2:53 PM (in response to Linc Davis)
What's the reason that a non-Apple NAS is unsafe vs. a non-Apple external drive?
Currently Being ModeratedJan 12, 2013 3:09 PM (in response to Rick Wall)
Time Machine has special requirements that have to met by the file server. It's up to the device vendor to meet those requirements. You have no assurance that they've actually done it, and reports on this site suggest that some, at least, do not.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 13, 2013 12:00 PM (in response to Rick Wall)
I reset the drive and my computer a couple of times and everything returned to normal. I also disabled the drive's "Eco" sleep function so the drive never sleeps - not sure if this is important or not.
I also received an error message at one point stating that the TM backup image was in use. After some quick Googling, I found out that if you have the drive open in Finder it can cause this problem. I then made sure to eject/disconnect from the drive in Finder before telling TM to backup. Perhaps I still had the drive connected before - but not specifically the TM backup share - and that caused it to slow down.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 25, 2013 1:48 AM (in response to Linc Davis)
The WD website says that it is now compatible http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/3561/~/using-a-wd-network-drive- with-apple-time-machine-backups with Time Machine. This forum post-dates the WD posting. Did anybody use the WD update?
Currently Being ModeratedJan 25, 2013 5:51 AM (in response to Ruadh2)
My OS and the WD firmware were completely up to date if that's what you're asking.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 26, 2013 12:11 PM (in response to Rick Wall)
Yes, that's what I meant, but also that you were using WD's current recommended settings . I was just wanting to confirm that this drive's many documented problems had now been fixed, as it seems to have lots of potential. I guess if you're still having problems (albeit resolved) with the latest updates, then, in considering purchase, I'd need to allow for lots of time to fix issues.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 23, 2013 7:41 AM (in response to Rick Wall)
Rick, are you able to say what version of the firmware you are running on the WD My Book Live?
I've seen a few topics on these forums, discussing various issues with 'My Book Live' and Time Machine (the primary use I want it for) so I'm therefore currently wary of buying this device – although it looks perfect for my needs, and is substantially cheaper than the crazily priced Time Capsule.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 23, 2013 8:59 AM (in response to ARI-Boy)
The drive has been working flawlessly since Jan. 13. I'm still not 100% sure this is a good device for Time Machine backups though. It could be a complete fluke that mine didn't work right at first or it could be a complete fluke that it's working right now. It's still been very useful to me regardless, and I think it's a great product. As far as I can tell, it's the best non-Apple Time Machine device available. I think the problems are mostly that Apple doesn't make it easy to use a non-Apple device not anything with Western Digital.
As far as firmware goes, I believe my device is running the most current firmware as I checked for updates just a week ago. I can't confirm this though as I'm currently at work.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 11, 2013 2:43 AM (in response to Rick Wall)
I believe its because you are logging in Time Machine as Guest...
**Dont log in as guest
Try again. Remove the Backup Disc>Turn Time Machine Off Then On.
Login to the WD Drive as Registered User: Username admin Password: There isnt one...
hope this helps
Currently Being ModeratedJun 1, 2013 2:38 AM (in response to 1234!)
I am researching why my Mac olways hangs and hogs disk for some 15 or 20 seconds before the TM backup ...
What I suspect is, that the MyBook life solves the problem of wrong disk format by creating a disk image on the backup share. Now each time TM wants to back up it needs to mount the disk image on the MyBook live share ...
Could that be the problem? And do you see it as solvable? I gather one can not format the share in a different format, can one? Probably the MBL OS can not handle a mac partition or could there be a separate Mac partition created?
Or is it maybe checksum verification?
I certainly would need someone technically better skilled to help with this anoying occurance ...