Backing up macbook via ethernet

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So i want to back up my macbook before i upgrade to snow leopard, and I do not have a external hard drive, is there a way to back up my macbook on my giant iMac i have at home? I have an ethernet cable hooked up, with all sharing turned on. I could copy files, but is there a way to use time machine and back it up that way?

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The best and easiest way is to buy an external hard drive and use Time Machine. You should be backing up both your iMac and MacBook on a regular basis anyway.

But to get back to your question... by default Time Machine is not setup to backup to a network drive. In order to do it, follow the directions given in this article: LINK
 
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i'm trying to use my iMac for my network drive, will that work for this?
 

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And what happens if the hard drive in your iMac fails? You've not only lost the data from the iMac but also the TM backup. Not a good idea. And I'm not sure it would work anyway.
 
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im just trying to do this for my upgrade to snow leopard on my macbook pro. i am gonna buy a hard drive eventually just not right now.
 

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