Running Time Machine on Mac using networked MyBookLive. Works fine. BUT, if my principal mac goes down, I need a way to access the Time Machine from another machine. The MacOS provides a “Browse Other Time Machine Disks” option, but only if the TM disk is “mounted.”
When the MyBookLive initializer set me up for Time Machine, it divided my drive into two partitions: and -backup. The second of these is used by Time Machine, and the other is available to me as a network drive. I can use the finder to mount , but not -backup. I can see it from the finder, but when I try to mount it I get an immediate connection failure. Since I can’t mount it, I can’t access it from another computer.
I suspect that lots of people are using the MyBookLive for Time Machine and feel safe that they can get at their files if they were lost on their principal machine. And they can, as long as that machine is still running. A catastrophic crash of the principal machine, however, may cause them to find that they can’t get at their Time Machine backups.
What have I missed? Is there some way to mount -backup and not get an immediate connection failure? If not, people need to be wary of using Time Machine on their network drives.
Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.