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Configuring Mac OS X Time Machine with a Buffalo TeraStation


  1. Access Settings, the TeraStation's web user interface, by entering the current IP address of the unit into a web browser. If the current IP is unknown the unit can be located using NAS Navigator. If NAS Navigator is not installed, download and install the application by clicking on the provided URLs here: Windows or Mac.
  2. From the main GUI screen click on the "File Sharing" tab and click the button on the right to open the "Folder Setup" menu.
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  3. For this example, we will create a new shared folder for Time Machine, but you can use an existing folder instead. If you have multiple machines you can create a folder for each unit or have them all back up to a single folder. To create a new shared folder, click Create Folder.
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  4. Name the folder (the example will use "Time Machine" as the name). The only requirement is that "AFP" is chosen for "LAN Protocol Support".
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  5. The new folder is now listed in the shared folder list. Click Close on the lower right.
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  6. From Settings, click "Backup" tab and click the widget to the right of "Time Machine".
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  7. The "Target Folder" field should display "Not configured". Click Edit to configure the target folder.
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  8. Select the folder you wish to use for Time Machine and click OK.
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  9. The correct folder should now be listed as the target. Click OK.
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  10. From Settings, click the slide switch to enable Time Machine. It should turn blue.
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  11. From the Mac desktop, click on "Go" from the menu bar and select "Applications".
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  12. Double-click "System Preferences".
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  13. Click "Time Machine".
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  14. Click on "Select Backup Disk".
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  15. Click on the Time Machine share that was created earlier.
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  16. Enter the login information. This can be a user created for this purpose or the admin login.
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  17. Time Machine should automatically be turned on now. Optionally, you can select to have Time Machine shown in the menu bar. At this point setup is finished. Log out of Settings and close all windows.
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