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Hi guys-- Merry Christmas! I just got a Lacie D2 Quadra "something something" 1TB hard drive. I plan to backup all my families computers with it over the network. My
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    Hi guys--
    Merry Christmas! I just got a Lacie D2 Quadra "something something" 1TB hard drive. I plan to backup all my families computers with it over the network. My question is: can I do the initial backup via firewire or usb or eSata, and then have time machine do it's additional backups over the network? I know that when you're backing up over the network it creates a sparse disk image but does that mean I cant do it?
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    You can still back it up. You can use USB or firewire to backup, but I'm not sure about eSata. The disk image allows you to access the backup data and restore it.
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    So the method to do this will be:
    1. Plug in hard drive and backup over USB
    2. Eject hard drive and set up over network.
    3. Set up time machine to backup over network.

    4... is where it gets dodgy.. Will time machine automatically detect the existing data and convert it into a sparseimage and continue to only backup the changes??
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    Thats how I did my backup with my time capsule. It should be the same concept. Just connect the HD, run time machine on it, then configure it on the network, and then select it again in time machine, it should see your old backup and only add the changed made.
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    I have a 1TB firewire 800 drive setup on my server that just does time machine backups over the network so i can confirm that it works great that way, as long as ou have a gig network or 80211n for bare minimum

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