Time Machine & Network Drive – SNOW LEOPARD UPDATE

Small update on the TimeMachine & Network Drive setup. Since I have a new MacPro, I wanted to enable TimeMachine on it. Note that this install is a fresh Snow Leopard installation, and that my MacBook is a Leopard.

I took the steps as I discribed them myself, but it seemed that TM was still trying to create a new sparsebundle instead of using the newly created on.

If you are using Snow Leopard, keep these things in mind:

  • The naming of the sparsebundle file needs to be a tad diffrent. No more use of the MAC address in the filename. You can just use .sparsebundle
  • One important step to follow is the fact that TimeMachine is now looking for a file called com.apple.TimeMachine.MachineID.plist . This file needs to reside inside the sparsebundle directory.
  • So fire up terminal and go to /Volumes//.sparsebundle
  • open up vi (name the file com.apple.TimeMachine.MachineID.plist and add the following content:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0">

NOTE: Replace COMPUTER UID with the UUID of your MAC. You can find it under the System Profiles on the Hardware tab. Now fire up TimeMachine and everything should be running smooth again.