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Possible to move Time Machine disk to NAS4free and continue?

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Possible to move Time Machine disk to NAS4free and continue?

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Post by PartisanEntity » 06 Apr 2014 21:36

Hi there,

Currently I have an external USB HDD connected to my iMac which I use for Time Machine backups.

Would it be possible to connect this USB HDD to my NAS4free powered server, copy the TM disk to the server and continue making backups to it from the iMac over AFP?

Thanks very much.

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Post by kenZ71 » 08 Apr 2014 07:10

Doubtful. What file format does the TM use?
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Post by PartisanEntity » 08 Apr 2014 10:21

kenZ71 wrote:Doubtful. What file format does the TM use?
Don't all TM disks use HFS+? At least that is the format of this external USB disk.

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Post by raulfg3 » 09 Apr 2014 14:25

Please google a bit to be sure.

if really use HFS+ , the answer is NO, you can't use your TimeMachine Disk in Nas4Free.

BSD only support a reduced number of Filesystem, see FAQ18: http://wiki.nas4free.org/doku.php?id=faq:0018
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Re: Possible to move Time Machine disk to NAS4free and conti

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Post by seaside » 19 Jun 2014 13:24

Disclaimer: I didn't try this at all, it may burn your house including all cats…

You may create a time machine sparse bundle on you network share. Search the web on how to create such a sparse bundle.
When done just copy over the data from you USB drive which is essentially the Backups.backupdb folder.

Tell time machine where to find the new disk and you should be done with it.

Here you find a more elaborate Howto:

http://pondini.org/TM/18.html

HTH

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