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Using time machine with a NTFS drive 
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Joined: Wed Aug 03, 2011 18:24
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Post Using time machine with a NTFS drive
Hi

I'm trying to get time machine to recognize the drive. It can't see the external NTFS drive. However I can see, inside the tuxera preference, that my external NTFS drive is mounted.

is there something missing?


Wed Aug 03, 2011 18:29
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Post Re: Using time machine with a NTFS drive
Time Machine only supports HFS+ volumes, so that is why you can't use it. It's not wise to use NTFS for mac only stuff anway as the permissions and ALCS don't translate 100%.

There is no way that you can use NTFS with time machine. Time Machine may be able to backup a HDD formatted as NTFS using Time Machine, but you can't use a NTFS as a Time Machine drive. Stick with HFS+ for this.


Tue Aug 09, 2011 01:08
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Post Re: Using time machine with a NTFS drive
Yes, you can do it. Time Machine works on HFS+, but it also works on sparsebundle disk-images. That's how it works with networks drives.

I wrote detailed steps at http://www.cafe-encounter.net/p1847/use-a-windows-ntfs-or-linux-or-other-formatted-disk-for-apple-time-machine-backups but if you've already installed Tuxera then in outline it goes like this:
    * Create a sparsebundle disk image
    * Create a Time Machine preferences file inside the sparsebundle which contains the UUID of your machine
    * Copy the sparsebundle to your disk
    * Mount it
    * Tell Time Machine to use it.

The first two steps are the difficult ones, but it only takes a couple of minutes to do.


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