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  1. MediaSmart Server and the Mac « MS Windows Home Server
  2. Chris
    Chris December 30, 2008 at 12:08 pm |

    Have you tried the workaround you listed (copying to a mac formatted drive)?

    I would be interested to know if anyone has done it successfully.

  3. Christopher Price
    Christopher Price December 31, 2008 at 1:06 pm |

    I haven’t tested it on a MediaSmart server, but this is the Apple-conceptualized workaround.

    On a normal Mac, Time Machine builds Time Machine backups in a folder. However, when on a non-HFS+ drive, Time Machine builds a sparse disk image, and puts the Time Machine backup inside of it.

    Luckily, the Mac OS X Installer detects the sparse disk images when at the root level of a drive, and mounts them accordingly. As such, by copying the sparse disk image from the MediaSmart, to a Mac hard drive (say, a USB hard drive for the sake of this discussion), then it should work.

    Bottom line is that it will work, so long as the MediaSmart does the Time Machine backup properly in the first place. Considering HP is promoting this feature so much, I don’t doubt that it does backup properly.

  4. EricE
    EricE August 22, 2010 at 10:42 am |

    Hopefully by now you know that a full bare metal restore of a Mac is possible:


    How to find and download the updates if you have an older MediaSmart server here:



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