10 Replies Latest reply: Apr 30, 2009 11:25 AM by Mac Fanatic
JoeMurray Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
I am considering purchasing a Netgear ReadyNAS product. The one that I am thinking about is the RND200.

http://www.netgear.com/Products/Storage/ReadyNASDuo/RND2000.aspx?detail=Specific ations

I found an article that shows you how to use it with Time Machine for backups:
http://www.readynas.com/?p=253

I just want to find the best NAS product that works with Mac's. If there is a better product that works with Mac's in terms of ease of use and configuration, please post that product below.

Thanks,

Joe

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.9)
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (252,480 points)
    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.)
  • BobHarris Level 6 Level 6 (15,385 points)
    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.
  • J D McIninch Level 5 Level 5 (4,060 points)
    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.
  • David Eichler Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    I have been thinking about using a mac mini. How did you set yours up for this backup function?
  • BobHarris Level 6 Level 6 (15,385 points)
    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.
  • odysseus Level 3 Level 3 (910 points)
    Drobo isn't a NAS unless you add DroboShare. Are you sure that DS handles AFP?
  • Mac Fanatic Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)
    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 sale
  • J D McIninch Level 5 Level 5 (4,060 points)
    How much for your 2Tb ReadyNAS NV+?
  • J D McIninch Level 5 Level 5 (4,060 points)
    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.
  • Mac Fanatic Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)
    what is your email or contact info?