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  1. #16
    Back-up: Time Machine versus Carbon Copy Cloner
    chscag's Avatar
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    Jan 23, 2008
    Keller, Texas
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    2017 27" iMac, 10.5" iPad Pro, iPhone 7+, iPhone 8, Numerous iPods, Catalina
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    Is it possible to link a MacBook to a time machine external drive wirelessly?
    Yes, with a wireless NAS such as the Apple Time Capsule. (no longer being sold by Apple)

    Here is what Apple recommends:

    Backup disks you can use with Time Machine - Apple Support

    By the way, you do not need to keep an external drive connected at all times to use Time Machine. Of course you would have to remember to attach it each time you do decide to run Time Machine.

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    Back-up: Time Machine versus Carbon Copy Cloner
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    Jun 12, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia and Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
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    2015 MacBook Pro Retina 13" macOSX 10.15.1
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    Yep that would be the solution. Technically everyone in the house could use it if you don’t mind doing a bit of setting up.
    I used to be conceited but now I'm perfect.

  3. #18
    Back-up: Time Machine versus Carbon Copy Cloner
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    Sep 16, 2008
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    Thanks - looks like the AirPort Extreme Base Station is the way to go for me.

    That way I can attach a separate drive and use a bigger one than what came with the Apple Time Capsule.

  4. #19
    Back-up: Time Machine versus Carbon Copy Cloner
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    Sep 30, 2007
    The Republic of Neptune
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    27" 2019 iMac
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    You can also set up a Synology Diskstation to serve as a Time Capsule. This may be a really great alternative since Apple is getting out of the biz.
    Guide to Synology NAS with Time Machine - NAS Compares

    Please verify and include the exact model/year of your Mac and OS X version number (available from "About This Mac", then "More Info" on the Apple menu).
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  5. #20
    Back-up: Time Machine versus Carbon Copy Cloner

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    Oct 20, 2016
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    Lots of Macs
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    KRS-Yes, Time Machine can be accessed remotely. My wife's MBAir (newer version) doesn't have an ethernet port (becoming a rarity all round) so she connects to the home NAS in the evening after work.

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