It used to be that to run a Time Machine Server, you needed to be running a copy of macOS Server on your host machine, but those days are now gone. Anyone running High Sierra or later on a Mac can now turn that Mac into a destination for remote machines to use for Time Machine. Say you have a Mac mini on your network, and a MacBook Pro. Once everything has copied you can then delete the remaining image on your desktop. Now, double-click the copy of the image on your network share — this will mount it. Now for the magic step: Open the Terminal and enter this command:.
Head to System Preferences, then open the Time Machine settings. You should see your virtual drive as the default backup destination. So long as your image is mounted, Time Machine will keep backing up. Test the result and save it as an Application if it works. In Users and Groups, you can add the application you just made to your Startup Items — it will run when you log in. What if it knew the difference between these contexts, and set itself up accordingly? The above process gives you a working Time Machine backup, with one caveat: Here's how to install a fresh copy of macOS and erase everything.
Read More , then mount the Time Machine drive using the steps above. We sometimes forget with all the focus on Windows 8's new "Modern" interface, but Windows 8 has a variety of great desktop improvements. One of them is File History, a built-in backup feature that functions Read More to save her files to the same drive. There were fewer steps, to say the least. Trust us — backup your files! You could also opt for online backup services to keep your data safe. Did the method above work for you? Do you have any suggestion to make things simpler? Explore more about: Your email address will not be published.
The operation can't be completed because you don't have permission to access some of the items. This of course is not true because I can copy other files to that network drive. After I "ok" the error, the copy seems to proceed fine. However, when I try to mount the sparcebundle, I get "image not recognized", and I am stuck.
Which of course is totally maddening because it seems to work fine for everyone else. You said that the Windows 8 backup process is simpler. There's a big difference-- It doesn't back up the whole drive, it only backs up your "documents" folders. The Windows installation, programs, and their associated data eg web history aren't backed up.
Time Machine backs up everything and lets you access older versions of every file. It really is a total backup. Windows 7 and later actually have not only an incremental backup solution like Time Machine but they have full system image recovery as well. It's called "Windows Image Backup" and you can find it in the control panel search for "file history" then look on the lower left corner for "Backup and Restore" then click on the top left link to "Create a system image.
Great write up. I followed the instructions. Double clicked the sparse bundle to mount it. Then opened Terminal. However when I enter in the command I get an error. Incompatible file system type: Any ideas? Ok I just figured it out. I had entered a command in terminal to Show Unsupported Drives but that did do anything. Then I remembered when I had Snow Leopard there was one piece of info that was missing from every write up.
Your sparsebundle needs to be the name of your computer mine is MacbookPro then an underscore followed by your ethernet not your wireless mac address.
This is critical. Immediately the sparsebundle was available in Time Machine and the backup is working to my Windows Home Server I should mention when typing the command into Terminal the name of your sparsebundle is case sensitive and must match exactly. In Terminal you can enter the command without quotes "scutil --get ComputerName" to get the name of your computer, and enter the command " ifconfig en0 grep ether" to get the mac address. I hope this is helpful to someone. Thank you! Your advice was extremely helpful and it worked like a charm. I had to use my wireless adapter MAC address since there's no ethernet port but it worked with no issues.
This worked perfectly for the latest release of MacOS Sierra, where my old sparebundle file had quit working. Very helpful! It didn't work for me on High Sierra. I did exactly what you said but it just doesn't show up on my time machine. Any suggestions what the problem might be? Unfortunately my NAS has plenty of free space but my Mac does not. It will only create a sparsebundle of a size less than the free space remaining on your MAC's internal drive.
I wanted to create a 3TB drive for my time machine backups but it failed because my local drive only had G free. That limits the size of my sparse bundle to G. I've been desperately looking around for some type of solution to my issues and you single-handedly fixed my problems.
Your solution needs to be included in the actual tutorial. Hello all, Thank you for this great solution. But I have a problem maybe other users also have. I have created my network drive on my linux machine and it connected to my computer with samba. I have mounted the file and set it as Time Machine Backup disk in terminal as you did. But when it starts to bakcup up, it gives error "There is 1,75 GB left on your this. There is no enough space on your disk". There was nothing my sparese bundle file.
Why is this happening?
Did you face such a problem before? I wrote a far more advanced AppleScript for such a setup. It admires that one could leave home and come back and starts the computer while the drive is not accessible. Do not forget to make it a startup item. This is a good way to solve this problem. Also, I just looked at the airport base station guide. Apparently we can just plug a disk into our compatible apple base stations. In this help document HT Link maybe?: Hi Justin and thank you for sharing this! In my case all seems to work until step 3 , I mean the programme Time Machine still does not recognise the volume TimeMachine so I cannot set it up as the backup direction.
Do you know from where this problem could come? I've tried to run it under OSX Is it because Apple have "detected the bug" and fixed it so we have to pay? Or is it because it's different in my OS? Do you know any workaround for this? Would it work if I upgrade to Yosemite? I've been trying all this in OSX Is it because Apple have "detected the bug" and have corrected it so we have to pay? Or is it because my OS works differently? Would it work if I updated to Yosemite? I've followed the instructions, but continue to get the "Can't connect to a current Time Machine backup disk.
Just one question: After creating the sparse file, running the terminal command gives me an error that the samba filesystem is incompatible:.
2. Copy Sparsebundle To The Network, Then Mount It
Written in March, I hope you have found the solution by now. For everyone else with the same issue, the reason is Jarlath did not read closely enough. Do not point tmutil's setdestination to the the sparsebundle.
Instead mount the sparsebundle by double clicking it. There is one unexpected problem I ran into: The sparsebundle wont open because "Resource temporarily unavailable" as its being used by the machine doing the backup. Hey there, I've never attempted to use one sparsebundle for multiple Macs but I don't think it's generally a good idea, I'd recommend creating a separate one for each Mac.
I used it for a day and noticed that my desktop computer's internet speed was getting exceptionally slow. This would be nice if I had a mostly unused desktop but for my primary machine it was a little annoying. So going to get a 4 TB drive for the Time Capsule instead.
Using Linux or Windows as a Time Machine network server
I guess there really is no other way around it: If you want to add the disk to TimeMachine without losing your previous backups just add a -a argument to setdestination: I was in a moment of trouble when my original Time Machine backup destination went away after I followed this tutorial. Required a bit of digging to find the inherit and associate commands.
I did exactly what this article suggested. Every step worked well. The backup first started and after a few hours, stops. So I start it again, it continues from where it stopped but takes ages to calculate remaining time around 30 minutes. When it reaches the target eg. I tried this process over and over again. No luck. I checked my router The hard drive used.
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Not the issue. Didn't make a difference! Stopping backup to allow backup destination disk to be unmounted or ejected. Copied items Linked 0. Error writing to backup log. I have no idea why it stopped to allow the disk to be ejected!! Is it something OS X does?? I am running Yosemite. Anybody else having this issue? The really sad part is that the tmutil command makes you "disconnect" ALL previous TM backups permanently.
Use a shared folder with Time Machine on Mac
So now I have four backups that i need to redo from scratch There should've been a warning son that Thanks for the great article! Creating the time machine volume worked great. I had issues mounting a volume using the script. After some searching, I found this site: Nice work, quite clear. I wanted to create a large space, so I specified 1.
However, when I began the backup, TimeMachine failed, saying there wasn't enough space, and the drive shows only about 54Gbytes available. Have I done something wrong? I've tried this using a YouTube video same technique and your instructions. Both times, I get stuck in Terminal after inputing the location of the backup drive.
Ehh… This is not working for me. Once I get it set up, it works but if anything ever bobbles, I have to dig and dig and dig for answers. Joel, i had the same problem. More details how i solved it here: Even Yosemite and El Capitan cannot see it. Setup is easy but what if I want to delete older backups? In Server I could easily manage Time Machines and delete them out right in the interface.
Now the only way I can see is to go in the drive an manually delete it in Finder but all I have is a huge. If they would have included the management in settings I would be fine with cutting it out of Server. Same issue here. Impossible to find how to clean-up these sparse files that keep growing… Anyone with a nice trick? Or you can try this technique which I saved from pondini. Yeah, removing any management is a deal-killer for me. It seems with this arrangement in High Sierra, all that is gone? I use to love Time Machine since I became a Maccer at Snow Leopard, and used it to bail myself out of problems occasionally.
Time Machine was useless. Time Machine does back up iPhone backups, however. I was able to create the folder and see it from the computer I was about to back up. However, even though I know the password and user name I can not connect to it. How is this really any different? You have been, but it was not supported and was a bit of a fudge.
So do you really want your backups depending on an unsupported hack? That was never a hack.