MAcbook Pro backup system

This is a discussion on MAcbook Pro backup system within the MacBook Pro forums, part of the Macbook Forum category; I am new to this forum. I have a PC and an Imac with a Netgear Router. the PC is hardwired to the router. I ...

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    MAcbook Pro backup system

    I am new to this forum.

    I have a PC and an Imac with a Netgear Router. the PC is hardwired to the router. I have an E-Book backup drive for the PC and a Lacie 1 TB drive for the Imac using Time Machine. I just bought a Macbook Pro. I want to employ a backup system for it, but i don't know what I need to do it wirelessly. The Lacie drive should be plenty big for the Imac and the Macbook. I would like to do it as cost effectively as possible.

    I am running OS X Mountain Lion on both Apple machines and Windows 7 on the PC. The Netgear router is the new R6300

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    You can quite happily point two Time Machine backup processes at the same network drive, so you should be able to just use your Lacie over a wireless connection. However, you may be surprised how quickly you fill up a 1TB drive with two full Time Machine backups. Time Machine is supposed to remove older backups when it fills up a drive to make space, but in my experience it isn't very reliable in doing so....the system just complains that it can't fit a backup on.
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    Backup

    Pardon my ingnorance, but I have to connect the Lacie to the Netgear router to do this ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stanpz View Post
    Pardon my ingnorance, but I have to connect the Lacie to the Netgear router to do this ?
    Yes, you will have to do that. However, I'm afraid I don't know if the Macs will recognise the storage as a valid Time Machine backup location.
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    I will try it

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    Quote Originally Posted by JezzerP View Post
    Yes, you will have to do that. However, I'm afraid I don't know if the Macs will recognise the storage as a valid Time Machine backup location.
    I tried that same thing and Time Machine did not recognize it as a valid location.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bamabww View Post
    I tried that same thing and Time Machine did not recognize it as a valid location.
    Unfortunately, not all routers that have USB storage capabilities are compatible with Apple Time Machine. The easiest way, as Stan has done, is to set up a second mac with a large external drive to act as your backup location: Macbook pro and Time Machine
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