5 Replies Latest reply: Nov 30, 2010 11:58 PM by st3v1e
arv_sydney Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hi, I bought and configured a Synology 210+ NAS to use AFP and started a backup of my MacBook Pro running 10.6.4 across my 100Mbit network. The backup should be 90Gb. The result was very slow - after 12 hours it had only backed up 40Gb. So what should I do?

I then looked into creating an iSCSI drive on the NAS and initiating this with globalSAN 4.0.0.204 but as this was 32bit it crashed the Mac... am waiting for an iSCSI initiator that is 64bit compliant and does not cost much!

Any pointers much appreciated.

Andrew

iMac, MacBook Pro x 2, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • 1. Re: TimeMachine on Synology 210+ NAS
    Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,720 points)
    Sorry, but Time Machine does not back up reliably, if at all, to most network drives, except Time Capsules or a shared drive on another Mac running Leopard or Snow Leopard on the same local network.

    Here's the criteria they must meet: Disks that can be used with Time Machine. And be careful here: just because some 3rd-party hardware claims to support Time Machine doesn't necessarily mean that Apple supports it, or that it will work in all circumstances.

    Does the maker claim it supports Time Machine? If so, make sure you have the latest version of their software/firmware.

    You might try the things in #D2 of Time Machine - Troubleshooting (or use the link in *User Tips* at the top of this forum).

    Otherwise, you'll probably have to get help from the maker.
  • 2. Re: TimeMachine on Synology 210+ NAS
    arv_sydney Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for your reply.

    I tried a wireless backup direct to the router connected to the 210+; this failed after 1.5hrs and 500Mb of 70Gb

    I am going to try it on a 1Ghz network, cabled. In theory this could improve things, unless as you say the backup is dropping out and recovering repeatedly.

    The rest of the Synology product seems well put together and easy to configure. File sharing works well. Just the performance of TimeMachine backup is a serious issue.


    Finally, from the sales blurb on the device Synology claim "native Apple Time Machine integration".

    http://www.synology.com/enu/products/DS210+/index.php

    Complete Backup Solutions

    The Synology DS210+ offers a centralized backup target to consolidate fragmented and unstructured data across the network. Integrating easily into a current network structure and compatible with Windows®, Mac®, and Linux systems, the DS210+ provides the entire office data redundancy and protection. PC Users can back up their data to the Synology DS210+ using the free Synology Data Replicator software, while Mac OS X users enjoy native Apple® Time Machine® integration. A backup wizard is also provided for backing up data in the DS210+ to another Synology DiskStation or any rsync server via an encrypted transmission, or to an external hard drive via USB or eSATA connection. Furthering options, the wizard also makes it easy to backup to the cloud via Amazon® S3.

    Message was edited by: arv_sydney
  • 3. Re: TimeMachine on Synology 210+ NAS
    Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,720 points)
    arv_sydney wrote:
    Thanks for your reply.

    I tried a wireless backup direct to the router connected to the 210+; this failed after 1.5hrs and 500Mb of 70Gb

    I am going to try it on a 1Ghz network, cabled. In theory this could improve things, unless as you say the backup is dropping out and recovering repeatedly.

    The rest of the Synology product seems well put together and easy to configure. File sharing works well. Just the performance of TimeMachine backup is a serious issue.


    Finally, from the sales blurb on the device Synology claim "native Apple Time Machine integration".


    Ah, I'd done a quick search and didn't find that page.

    You might want see if there are any clues in the log messages. See #A1 in Time Machine - Troubleshooting for a handy widget.

    If none of the things in #D2 of Troubleshooting help, I'm afraid there isn't much else we can suggest here. You'll need to contact Synology (who will probably point you to Apple, of course).
  • 4. Re: TimeMachine on Synology 210+ NAS
    arv_sydney Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I tried the 1Ghz network and it backed up 90Gb in 6hrs - which is acceptable.

    So don't try to use a NAS with TimeMachine unless you have 1Ghz network.

    Andrew
  • 5. Re: TimeMachine on Synology 210+ NAS
    st3v1e Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)