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Configuring OS X Time Machine with a Buffalo LinkStation
- Open Settings for the LinkStation. It should default to the Easy Admin screen. Click on the "Advanced Settings" tile. You may be asked to log in with the "Admin" account.
- From the "File Sharing" tab, click on the configuration icon to the right of "Folder Setup".
- For purposes of this demonstration we're going to create a new shared folder to use for Time Machine. You can use an existing folder instead if you prefer. 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.
- We're going to name our folder "time-machine" but you can choose a different name. The only requirement is that "AFP" is chosen for "LAN Protocol Support".
- Our new folder is now listed in the shared folder list. Click Close in the lower right.
- From the Settings screen go to the "Backup" tab and click the button to the right of "Time Machine" to configure the service.
- It should the "Target Folder" as "Not Configured". Click Edit configure the target folder.
- Click Browse to bring up a list of folders.
- Select the folder you wish to use for Time Machine and click OK.
- The correct folder should now be listed as the target. Click OK.
- If the service is not enabled you will get this notification.
- Back at the main screen click the slide switch to turn on the Time Machine functionality. It should turn blue.
- From the Mac desktop click on the Apple logo from the menu bar and select "System Preferences".
- Click Time Machine.
- Click on "Select Backup Disk".
- Click on the Time Machine share you created earlier.
- Enter the login information. This can be a user created for this purpose or login as admin.
- Time Machine should now be automatically enabled. You can also choose to have Time Machine shown in the menu bar. At this point setup is finished. You can close all open windows.