Test 2 Time Machine
Can you rely on regular backups?
Getting the Synology and QNAP boxes to work with Time Machine was complicated, involving creating a new user and a new share, then tweaking SMB settings. Nothing in their documentation explained how to do it – we had to search on each company’s website. The WD My Cloud Pro comes with a Time Machine share preconfigured, but even here Time Machine couldn’t ‘see’ it when we wanted to specify it for backups until we manually connected to it via SMB in the Finder’s Go menu. The Netgear doesn’t have a Time Machine share out of the box, but does have a single switch that allows you to set up Time Machine with one click. It also allows you to choose to create a private share for Time Machine, as well as the standard public one. We had the same initial problems connecting as with the other drives. In all cases, once we set it up, Time Machine backed up regularly without a problem.