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Setting up Time Machine with Airport Extreme
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Apr 5, 2008, 03:24 PM
I am in need of detailed instructions as to how to properly set up Time Machine with an Airport Disk.

I have a 320GB FW/USB disk (Hard Drive) connected to my Airport Extreme Base Station (AEBS). I just bought the AEBS today. I have been using Time Machine to back up my MacBook Pro (MBP) to my Hard Drive for about a month.

When I connect my Hard Drive to the AEBS, Time Machine is willing to attempt a backup. However, it attempts to copy all 80GB of data on my MBP to the Hard Drive (as opposed to the incremental data).

I know that moving this much data over 802.11n will take a while. I want it simply to pick up where I left off with my firewire backups. How do I do this?

Thank you,

B unce!
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Apr 5, 2008, 10:24 PM
As far as I know, that's how it works; your old backups are useless/inacessable over the network. The new backup is stored inside a disk image, which is mounted over the network, instead of just in the HFS+ volume on the external drive.
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Apr 5, 2008, 11:05 PM
Mduell is right. You would start from scratch.

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Apr 6, 2008, 11:06 AM
Connect via ethernet for the first backup, or let it sit overnight backing up over wifi. Then you'll get incremental backups after that.
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Apr 6, 2008, 12:28 PM
Ahh yes, I've experienced this "shortcoming" of Time Machine as well.

I'd like to take this opportunity to recommend a great piece of third-party software: SuperDuper! In the event that your hard drive were to experience an antimatter overload, SuperDuper! would have turned your Time Machine backup into a bootable volume on your so that you could boot from that drive and have access to all of your TM backups.

I think this feature should be built into TM, but I understand the sense in the simplicity of the software.
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