Since the time NAS drives became cheaper, it has found its way in homes and small offices. Manufacturers have come up with ingenious uses for it which was not possible before. NAS drives have become computers on their own with their own OS and can replace a PC in many cases. NAS drives can be used for File sharing thus eliminating the need for a PC to be on 24×7. NAS drives can be used for downloading via Torrents thus eliminating a PC to be ON throughout night. NAS drives can be used for hosting simple Web servers. NAS drives can be used as a Media Server hosting and sharing Media throughout the home via DLNA. There are some NAS drives which can host a USB Printer thus eliminating the need for a PC to be ON for sharing printers. You can make your private cloud with NAS drives. Since NAS Drives are generally of larger capacities, they are used for backup of important data. Thanks to Time Machine support, NAS drive can backup data from all Mac computers at home without the need of a USB hard drive. Also, since you are already part of the network, there is no need to do any physical connecting and disconnecting of peripherals.
Many people are aware of NAS drive as a Network backup device but they are not aware that one NAS drive can take backup from multiple Macs. Since Apple fans stick with Apple products, it is quite common for one home to have multiple Mac computers.
Creating Backup Folders on NAS
Prior to making any changes in the NAS settings, we will have to create folders on the NAS on which we will enable Time Machine and take backup to. If you are already using the NAS drive to share folders then go to Finder and you should see your drive in the sidebar. Click on it to show the folders present on it in the right. Right click any empty space to the right and create a folder. Create as many folders as you have Mac computers. Name the folders intuitively so that it is easy for you to select it from individual Macs. I have made 2 folders, one by name Time Machine and another by name Time Machine Backup.If you do not want to create folders this way, you can go to the NAS web management and go to “Shared folders” and click on “Folder Setup”. Here you can create new folders.
Enabling Time Machine Backup on Buffalo NAS
Login to the Buffalo NAS management web interface. Click on “Extensions” and then “Time Machine”. Click on “Modify settings”. You will have the option to disable or enable Time Machine. Enable it and you will see folder drop down below. Select the Folder on which you want to enable Time Machine and save it. This folder now becomes available to Time Machine on your Mac.
Go to Time Machine on your Mac and enter settings. Here you can select the drive to backup to. Click on “Select Disk”. You will find a list of drives available to which you can take backup to. Select the drive you have created for your Mac and click “Use for Backup”. Toggle the Time Machine Backup to ON and you are done with your Mac. You can browse the folder you had created and see a file by name Sparsebundle which represents your backup drive.
Enabling Time Machine Backup for another Mac
Login to the Buffalo NAS management web interface. Click on “Extensions” and then “Time Machine”. Click on “Modify settings”. Select the Folder on which you want to enable Time Machine for another Mac and save it. Your previous folder will not be affected by this because what this does is make the folder available to Time Machine. It is not that whichever folder shows here will be active for Time Machine. Go to Time Machine on your different Mac and enter settings. Here you can select the drive to backup to. Click on “Select Disk”. You will find a list of drives available to which you can take backup to. Select the new drive you have created for your Mac and click “Use for Backup”.
Toggle the Time Machine Backup to ON and you are done with your new Mac. You can repeat the same process for how many ever Macs you have. Also, you can see that a new Sparsebundle file has been made in your new Time Machine Backup Folder.
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