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    Can I backup data on a network drive onto my firewire HDD with Time Machine?

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    Can I backup data on a network drive onto my firewire HDD with Time Machine?
    Hello, everyone.

    I'm a Mac newbie and looking for your help to utilize this Time Machine application. Currently, I'm trying to backup my files on a network disk onto the designated disk for Time Machine, of course it's a physical external HDD, but it seems like Time Machine wouldn't let me do that.

    I can find tons of postings about the way to backup files onto a network drive using Time Machine, but not my case.

    Any technical advice for me?

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    Can I backup data on a network drive onto my firewire HDD with Time Machine?
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    I am a tad confused here. I understand that you want to make use of Time Machine I am a bit unclear about the drive that you want to use. You mentioned backing up to a network. What exactly is the drive connected to? If it is an external drive connected to something like an Airport or Time Capsule that can be done.
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    Can I backup data on a network drive onto my firewire HDD with Time Machine?

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    Thank you for the reply, Slydude. I'm trying to backup my files on a network drive to my external HDD using Time Machine, and the network drive is on my web hosting server. Of course, the web hosting company provides me with a pretty reliable backup solution, but it is not an automated system, so I have to do it by myself every morning.

    Anyway, my question is

    Can Time Machine backup files on a network disk, which is mounted on my Mac, to my external HDD?

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    Can I backup data on a network drive onto my firewire HDD with Time Machine?
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    Here's something you might try. According to the author it works.

    Regards.

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    Can I backup data on a network drive onto my firewire HDD with Time Machine?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    Here's something you might try. According to the author it works.

    Regards.
    Hey thanks for that link buddy. My media files are on a Time Capsule that I must remember to run the Archive for. It takes a long time partly because I must remember to delete the existing archive before starting a new one. I wonder if this would work well enough to automate the process speed up the process due to incremental backups.
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    Can I backup data on a network drive onto my firewire HDD with Time Machine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    Here's something you might try. According to the author it works.

    Regards.
    Thank you for the link, chscag, but I don't think it helps me. Unless I misread, the link is about backup my local system to a network disk; however, what I want is simply backup a network disk with Time Machine, not my local disk. It's actually reverse. I guess Time Machine doesn't support that function.

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