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Compatibility > Time Machine > How to use Lima connected HD for Time Machine

Hello everybody

Thanks @Tim Bouhour .

But in fact there is a solution in sight. The trick is to create a sparsebundle image on the Lima Volume. Once mounted you can tell mac OS sierra (via Terminal) to use this volume for Time Machine (here is the tutorial I used: http://basilsalad.com/how-to/create-time-machine-backup-network-drive-lion/)

I tested it and it does work. Unfortunately there still is an issue: Every time you reboot your Mac the image (sparsebundle) has to be re-mounted manually. I'm trying hard to find a solution (most likely an apple script) to auto-mount the image when starting the Mac. If anyone has an idea she/he is more than welcome to share ...

Thanks, Pascal

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I have the same configuration as you.

A router which only serves as internet acces and directly wired to a TimeCapsule which creates my wifi.

I have a Mac and formatted my drive for use with a Mac.

I just plugged Lima into the TC and the HD into Lima and it worked out of the box. Checked with my iPhone /w wifi off and was able to browse the files on the drive just fine.

/Jonas

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Mac OS X Extended format is a synonym for HFS+ (Journaled); has anyone actually tested Time Machine on Lima? Lima's own support document (https://support.meetlima.com/articles/203748115-My-drive-format-is-unknown) details out selecting Mac OS X Extended for the format.

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Not sure if it will work for mounting sparse bundles in this case, but I've successfully set up network mounts to remount when logging in by going to Users & Groups settings and Login Items and adding the image to that list.

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I've tested it, but no succes :-( The Lima drive doesn't appear to be selected in the time machine option to choice this as a backup drive for TM. Even if it's HFS+ formatted.

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Hi Pascal, thanx, this seems to work ;-)

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Hi Pascal, thanx, this seems to work ;-).

[edit] After day use unfortunately not the best solution, remounting and a error during backup (seems like network lost) the disk isn't recognized, but accessible through Finder. After activation it picks up again. So no 100% solution.

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