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    I seem to recall reading in a thread here somewhere that if the drive is mounted on a network instead of being directly connected to the Mac the format of the Time Machine backup changes to being a sparcebundle. What that means, if I understand it, is that the individual files in the backup are then not directly available to you, so you would have to access them through Time Machine. I don't know if that's significant to you or not, but there it is. The reason for the difference is, I believe, to reduce the network traffic during the backup process.

    As for the Apple comment, I think what they are trying to say is that WiFi is faster if you are closer to the router.

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    Well dotdotdot, you seem to have most bases covered. I agree with Jake that Apple is stating the obvious that WiFi is faster & more reliable the closer together the devices are.

    Even more reliable and more robust is a direct physical connection between iMac and EHD and as you don't have either of the Apple routers (and even if you did), I would recommend connecting your EHD directly to the iMac. It will serve as your only BU and I wouldn't take any chances.

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    Backing up now. Everything is going smoothly. Just a couple of clicks, even the formatting was just a click and required almost no thought. For once, something that is intuitive with this iMac. To answer my own question, plugging the USB into the router does not work for backing up.

    So go to Amazon, spend $55 and be done with it!

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    Just an FYI. This sticky thread is more of a general backup topic discussion area…or short Q&A area. This area really not the best place for full blown problem-solving discussions.

    Thanks for understanding,

    - Nick

    p.s. Latest problem-solving discussion moved to it's own thread (Switcher Hangout).
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Humble apologies Nick,
    I was unsure on my first posting, but understand.
    Thanks so much for redirecting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hazoss View Post
    Humble apologies Nick,
    I was unsure on my first posting, but understand.
    Thanks so much for redirecting.
    No problamo. All is good.

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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