Loc: Louisville, KY
Right now we have one laptop and since all of my classes are online after this semester, looking at getting another MBA and putting iMac in spare room to serve as music/video server and spare computer
I would like to back up the laptops but not sure exactly which way would be easiest. Can 2 laptops share one time machine? Can I have both wirelessly back up to an external hard drive connected to the iMac? Would getting OSX server help with this? (Would be a cheap option as I think it's $40?)
Should I buy a time capsule and back up both to it? (Not sure if you can or not)
The one HD will work connected to the iMac. A few things to make note of.
You'll have to make sure that the TM HD is shared in File Sharing Preferences on the iMac, with R/W for everybody.
Connect to the TM HD from the laptops by choosing the iMac in the sidebar and clicking Connect As in the upper right of the Finder window, lock in the sharing password. Remember to log in with the credentials from the iMac, not the laptops.
Double Click on the icon for the TM HD that will appear in the Finder window. That should mount the TM HD on the desktop of the laptop.
Choose the shared networked TM HD that is mounted on the desktop in TM preferences on each laptop.
After you choose the shared TM HD you can eject it from the laptop desktop. The shared disk does not have to be mounted on the desktop of the laptops for this to work, TM will find it on the network.
The iMac will have to be awake to backup, it will not wake on its own when one of the laptops wants to backup.
The first time you run the backup it may ask for login credentials again.
Each laptop will backup to its own sparsebundle on the TM HD, and the iMac will backup to its own backups.backupdb folder on the TM HD, the backups are not mixed together.
You will get much better performance from 802.11n wireless as compared to b or g. If you have a b/g only router you can try it, but if it seems too slow you may consider getting a router that does n speed.
A 2.5" bus powered external USB 3.0 HD is much cheaper than a TimeCapsule. Get a USB 3, they have one cable as compared to the y-cable of older 2.5" USB 2 drives. Even though most machines never needed the y-cable a USB 3 is cleaner as you don't have the extra pigtail hanging off the cable. Amazon has 2.5" 2TB Seagates for $80.
Forget Carbonite. If you want to do offsite backup use CrashPlan. Details here why. It's $60 a year per machine for personal, $120 for business plans. Also CrashPlan is Mac based. The only Windows machines they have are for testing.
I have a local TM backup, and a local SuperDuper for a bootable backup that I run every few days, plus CrashPlan runs 24/7. BTW any offsite backup is a files only backup, not a bare metal recovery backup.
Xplain's use of MacNews, AppleCentral and AppleExpo are not affiliated with Apple, Inc. MacTech is a registered trademark of Xplain Corporation. AppleCentral, MacNews, Xplain, "The journal of Apple technology", Apple Expo, Explain It, MacDev, MacDev-1, THINK Reference, NetProfessional, MacTech Central, MacTech Domains, MacForge, and the MacTutorMan are trademarks or service marks of Xplain Corp. Sprocket is a registered trademark of eSprocket Corp. Other trademarks and copyrights appearing in this printing or software remain the property of their respective holders.
All contents are Copyright 1984-2010 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.