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time machine on lan

by tapasdesai / March 3, 2010 2:01 AM PST

i don't have an external hard drive.

but can i take a time machine back up using the hard drive of another computer (windows pc) through lan ??

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by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / March 3, 2010 5:24 AM PST
In reply to: time machine on lan

Won't work like that.


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damn it !! lol
by tapasdesai / March 4, 2010 6:48 AM PST
In reply to: time machine on lan

well, if i connect it to a lan network, do i need to configure anything or change some settings so i can access other computers on the network and vice versa ??
if yes then please explain...

thanx a lot Happy

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If you connect what to a lan network?
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / March 4, 2010 8:02 AM PST
In reply to: damn it !! lol

Time Machine will connect to a NAS or SAN, a hard drive that has network connectivity and its own IP address (like Apple's Time Capsule)

If you mean connect you Mac to a network, just take the ethernet cord and plug it in.


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ok what i really want
by tapasdesai / March 5, 2010 4:00 AM PST
In reply to: time machine on lan

what i really want is
i want to use the hard drive of anothr windows computer as an external hard drive to backup my data.

will time machine backup data on anothr pc ??
or will i hav to manually copy everything onto the othr computer ??

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Time Machine will not do that,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / March 5, 2010 5:49 AM PST
In reply to: ok what i really want

the drive will not be seen on the network, the computer will, but that is not what TM is looking for.

You will have to copy manually.

USB externals are relatively inexpensive for their size


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