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Old 03-16-2008, 01:07 PM
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Clone Time Machine from local FW drive to NAS drive

Hello,

I am a little new to Macs and am trying to learn as I go. I understand that you can clone an existing Time Machine drive to a new drive using SD. My question is, would that work also on a network drive connected through Ethernet (i.e., a NAS)? I have ordered such a NAS device and am trying to decide the best strategy to move all my back ups from three different machines to the new device.

If I clone my existing Time Machine drive to the new NAS drive, can I then set SD up so that it will create a full smart backup to the same drive to which
I have moved the Time Machine backup?

And if I do that, how would I restore that SD backup if I need to? I suppose that I would not be able to boot from the NAS drive....

Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 03-16-2008, 01:57 PM
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While you could copy your Time Machine backup to an image stored on your NAS drive, you'd be doing that for backup only -- it couldn't be "used" by Time Machine. SD! doesn't write directly to NAS drives, and NAS drives aren't bootable, so you'd have to get network access to the image to be able to restore it.
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Old 03-16-2008, 08:54 PM
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I see. So to restore from a NAS drive to, say, Mac #1 I would have to connect to the NAS drive from another computer on the same network (Mac #2), then use Mac #2 to clone the SD! image drive from the NAS to the local drive of Mac#1. Is this correct?

Thanks!

PS I read in some forum posts elsewhere that there are in fact ways to use Time Machine on a network drive, provided that one can initialize the Time Machine drive connecting it directly to the Mac as a local drive. After that the drive can be set up as a network drive and Time Machine should be able to recognize it. I guess I will have to try to see if cloning the existing Time Machine backup from the local drive to the NAS will enable Time Machine to recognize the drive....
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In general, I don't think it's terribly wise to use Time Machine in an unsupported way. There are likely reasons for the restrictions.

And, yes: that'll certainly work (for restoration).
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Old 03-16-2008, 11:45 PM
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You have a point...

Thanks for your advice.
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