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10503 Views 10 Replies Latest reply: Apr 30, 2009 11:25 AM by Mac Fanatic
You will find information on NAS devices at xlr8yourmac.com.
Using a NAS with TM requires an unsupported hack. Any change in OS X could render the hack non-functional and Apple will not provide any support for using TM with a NAS other than the Time Capsule.
It would be important that the NAS support AFP to avoid problems with incompatible filesystems. Most NAS devices use either Windows or Linux filesystems which are not fully compatible with OS X and can render a backup unusable when comes time to restore.
You will need to upgrade your Mac to Leopard in order to use TM. Also consider if a NAS is the best backup alternative compared to a FireWire connected backup drive (much faster.)Mac Pro 2.66 Ghz; MBP Unibody; MBP C2D 2.33 Ghz; MBP 2.16 Ghz, Mac OS X (10.5.6), iMac C2D 17"; MB 2.0 Ghz; 80GB iPod Video; iPod Touch; iPod Nano 2GB
I use a Mac mini running Leopard with external storage as my 100% compatible NAS.
I do Time Machine backups to it without any hacks. It just works.MacBook/2GHz, PowerMac G5/2.5GHz, Mac mini/1.83Ghz, iPod Touch/32GB, Mac OS X (10.5.5), I also manage: 12" iBook G4/1GHz, MacBook Pro/2.2GHz, iMac G4/1.25GHz
I have a ReadyNAS that I use at work and they are great. I mount it AFP (Apple Filing Protocol) from my MBP, I've got a Linux workstation that mounts it via NFS, and several people connect to it via SMB to retrieve data. Setup is simple, works well. I did put a sparse image for use with Time Machine on there and that works well (mind you, unlike an external disk, you can't effectively do a full restore from the NAS when booting off the OS X DVD).
Just look for NAS that support AFP (I would consider that a requirement if it will be used quite a bit with Macs). ReadyNAS, Drobo, QNAP, Synology, ... there's actually quite a few. Most NAS today are embedded Linux systems that use netatalk as their AFP server.2 iMacs (me + kids), 2 MacBook Pros (work + wife), Mac OS X (10.5.4), various Linux PCs and one WinXP laptop (gathering dust)
Currently Being ModeratedApr 20, 2009 5:19 PM (in response to David Eichler)
I have been thinking about using a mac mini. How did you set yours up for this backup function?
That was very easy.
Mac mini must be running Mac OS Leopard (10.5.*)
I enable AFP file sharing on the Mac mini
From my MacBook and my wife's MacBook Pro I mount the Mac mini volume I am going to use for TimeMachine (in my case it is a Drobo with 3TB of storage; 2TB usable).
Once the Mac mini volume is mounted, I open the TimeMachine system preference, select the Mac mini volume, and TimeMachine takes it from there.
TimeMachine will automatically re-mount the Mac mini volume on demand.MacBook/2GHz, PowerMac G5/2.5GHz, Mac mini/1.83Ghz, iPod Touch/32GB, Mac OS X (10.5.5), I also manage: 12" iBook G4/1GHz, MacBook Pro/2.2GHz, iMac G4/1.25GHz
I have a Netgear ReadyNas NV+ to stream video to my home theater mini.
I do not think it is as good as a usb drive connected directly to the mini. So if that is what you might want to use it for I would suggest another product.
Netgear bought Infrant and now the tech support is limited and I was disappointed.
Therefore, my 2 terabyte ReadyNAS NV+ is now for saleiphone,MBP 4GB 2.33 17",G3 tower,Pismo,Bondi iMac,Clamshell,2nd gen iPod., Mac OS X (10.5.6)
DroboShare does not come with AFP support. However, you can add AFP support via [BackMyFruitUp|http://code.google.com/p/backmyfruitup>, an extension module for the DroboShare.2 iMacs (me + kids), 2 MacBook Pros (work + wife), Mac OS X (10.5.4), various Linux PCs and one WinXP laptop (gathering dust)