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I have two Macs, a G5 tower and a Macbook Pro. I want to backup the Macbook Pro to an external hard drive on the G5 tower via Time Machine.

I know there is a way to do this; my friend has his setup exactly like I want it.

I tried FTP sharing the backup drive on the G5 and trying to connect to it on the Macbook Pro. The G5 is running 10.5.8 and the Macbook Pro 10.6.8.

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    FTP will not work, you're going to have to use AFP to share the Time Machine volume. – slhck Jul 15 '11 at 18:38
  • Well...that would be why... – daviesgeek Jul 15 '11 at 18:39
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    In Sharing - File Sharing preferences, under "Options", just enable it like that. You can also check out this video tutorial – slhck Jul 15 '11 at 18:45
  • Yes it did work. – daviesgeek Jul 15 '11 at 18:49
  • Wouldn't it be faster to connect the external hard drive directly to the MBP? – Lèse majesté Apr 3 '12 at 3:58
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Sharing a Time Machine volume over the network only works reliably with Apple Filing Protocol (AFP). If you use Leopard (10.5.8) or later, that should be no problem. On earlier versions, some hacking is required.

Share your drive over Sharing PreferencesFile Sharing. Under "Options", enable AFP sharing.

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There's also a video tutorial on the very same subject.

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