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03-18-2006, 12:51 AM
I bought my wife an Intel iMac, and want to back up to an NTFS drive on a NAS device on my network. I'm used to 2 kinds of backup: a complete clone to a single disk file (like Acronis TrueImage does), and a file-and-directory replication of a directory tree, which includes from the root (such as Beyond Compare and most Win file managers do).

1) Will SD allow me to make any kind of backup to my NAS NTFS drive?
2) It appears that SD readily does complete clones; correct?
3) Can SD do a file-and-directory tree replication, such that individual files can be retrieved?

TIA, John Land

03-18-2006, 02:50 AM
Hi, John.

As long as the NAS is truly NTFS and not FAT32, you can back up to it. Mount the volume with SMB, and then back up to a disk image, as explained in the User's Guide.

A Backup - all files is a complete, bootable copy. But, in addition, it replicates the files and folders, and you can retrieve individual files easily, right with Finder.

03-18-2006, 03:09 AM
Thanks for the quick response. Since I can presently see the files on the NAS NTFS (verified as being NTFS) drive from the iMac, I assume that I've properly "mounted the volume with SMB" [and Macs are supposed to be easy? Sounds like a Unix wonk acronym ;-)]

John Land

03-18-2006, 11:12 AM
SMB = Server Message Block -- basically, that's the file protocol used to mount Windows volumes. It's implemented on the Mac by "Samba".

As long as it's mounted, and you have read/write/create permission, it should work. Give it a try!