Currently Being ModeratedJan 30, 2013 12:44 AM (in response to djmichaelwenz)
If I remember correctly a TM backup drive has to be formatted Mac Extended (Journaled) and since it has to be that format it can not be seen or read on a Windows PC. So you will never get that drive to show as a TM backup spot when it is connected to a Windows PC. The only way to have a drive on a network that will show as a TM backup drive is to have it attached directly to the network, A NAS (Network Attached Storage) and then it is reported that most all of those don't work correctly except if it is a Apple branded NAS system like a Apple Time Capsule.
In any event doing TM backups to a NAS system is slow and the big problem comes when, Not If, you need to use it to Restore your system.
Your best bet it to have a dedicated external drive for TM backups only, no other use, and connect it directly to your Mac to do the backups.
Good Luck and Best Wishes.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 30, 2013 12:21 PM (in response to Shootist007)
Thank you for the reply, my WD Passport has a partition that is formatted Mac Extended (Journaled) and works well plugging it in directly to the Macbook. I can see it via Finder on the macbook when plugged into the windows desktop.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 30, 2013 1:30 PM (in response to djmichaelwenz)
Then you have a program installed on the Windows PC to read Mac Extended formatted drives because Windows can Not Read Mac formatted drives natively.
But then do you want to trust the backups of your Mac over a network to a Windows PC?
Currently Being ModeratedJan 30, 2013 5:02 PM (in response to Shootist007)
I do not beleive I installed anything special on that build. It is a windows 7 PC and it does have ACHI enabled cause I also have a HDD inside the WIN7 desktop that has lion on it. It is a hackintosh. I have always been able to see the OSX partition.
I dont see why having Time Machine backing up over the network would be much different then plugging it directly in. I just need the drive to show up in the Time Machine Choice...
I am going to try again. I dont suppose you saw this...