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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 — leav­ing us 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.

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