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    Using MacBook Pro as a backup hard drive
    I am considering purchasing an iMac and would like to use my MacBook Pro as additional data storage. Does anyone know if I can use my MacBook Pro as a 'Time Capsule'? Thanks.

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    You should be able to setup a share on the MacBook Pro and then connect to it with Time Machine. There's a few different articles online on how to do this - one of them is here:

    How to Create a Time Machine Backup to a Network Drive in Lion | Basil Salad Software
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    Quote Originally Posted by cwa107 View Post
    You should be able to setup a share on the MacBook Pro and then connect to it with Time Machine. There's a few different articles online on how to do this - one of them is here:

    How to Create a Time Machine Backup to a Network Drive in Lion | Basil Salad Software
    Thank you. I do not have a Time Capsule. I'm looking to use my MacBook Pro as a Time Capsule for an iMac. Do you know if this is possible? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by piercesi View Post
    Thank you. I do not have a Time Capsule. I'm looking to use my MacBook Pro as a Time Capsule for an iMac. Do you know if this is possible? Thanks.
    Perhaps I wasn't clear. The answer to your question is yes. I think you are confusing the terms 'Time Capsule' with 'Time Machine'.

    Time Machine is the software that handles backup duties. Time Capsule is a hardware NAS solution meant to compliment the Time Machine software, which has been bundled with every mac since OS X 10.5 (Leopard). So, in essence, you're going to create a share on the MacBook Pro, then connect to it with the iMac using Time Machine.

    The article I cited above explains how to do that.
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    I was confusing them. Thank you for your help.

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