Use Your PC Hard Drive For Time Machine Backup

Turn your Windows Computer hard disk into a backup storage or simply install extra hard drive in your PC just for a Time Machine backup.

Setup Time Machine To Backup On PC Hard Drive Automatically & Wirelessly

You can also setup your Mac Time Machine to backup your data automatically to an external hard drive. If you like to backup more than one Mac machine and you have one hard drive installed in your PC then you can setup multiple backups on one hard drive, for example if you’ve 1TB hard drive installed in your PC and you’ve two Mac Machines with 500GB drive each then you can create two 500GB backup disk images and move them into your PC hard drive and designate each backup disk image to your Mac computers in Time Machine Preferences.

You Can Setup Following Types of Storage Disks for Time Machine Backup:

  1. PC Hard Disk
  2. Mac Hard Disk
  3. External Drive
  4. Portable Disk
  5. USB Disk


Open Disc Utility and Create New Image

A: Name; Enter Same Name for File and Image (for example: “Time-Machine-Backup”).
B: Size; Select Image Size: Make sure image size is not greater than your backup hard drive, if you get any problem with selecting image size then setup other options first before you setup image size.
C: Format; Mac OS Extended (journaled).
D: Encryptions; 128-bit AES Encryption (recommended).
E: Partitions; Single Partition – Apple Partition Map.
F: Image Format; Sparse Bundle Disk Image.
Disk Utility Setup for Time Machine Backup


Open Finder and Eject Mounted Disk Image from Sidebar


Connect Mac to PC Over Network

A: Open Finder and Hit “Command Key + K”.
B: Enter PC IP; “smb://Your PC IP Address”.
C: Login and Open Backup Hard Drive.

For detailed instructions please see another tutorial »


Move Disk Image to PC Hard Drive


Mount Disk Image by Double Clicking the Image File


Open Terminal

A: Type or Paste Following Command:

B: Enter Mac User Password:


Open Time Machine Preferences and Select Backup Image

At this point Time Machine will start backing up your Mac as far is backup disk image is mounted in Mac file system, and remember you have to manually mount disk image all the times you want to backup your data, unless you willing to take next step to connect and mount automatically your Mac to PC hard drive on network.


Connect Mac to PC and Mount Backup Disk Image Automatically on Network

A: Open Automator and Create a New Application.
B: Grab Following Actions in Editing Window.
C: Get Specified Servers: Add PC IP “smb://Your PC IP Address”.
D: Connect to Servers.
E: Get Specified Finder Items and Add Mounted Image Disk.
F: Open Finder Items and Select Default Application.
G: Save as App.
Automator App to Mount Backup Disk Image


Open System Preferences and Setup Automator App to Open at Startup

A: Open System Preferences; Click Users & Groups.
B: Click Login Items; Add Mounting Image Automator App.
Setup Backup Disk Image to Open at Startup

Now Mac will connect and mount to your PC hard drive automatically at startup, if you get any problem or need help you can ask your question in comment box below.

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  1. SimonSimon
    March 2, 2015    

    Great post, very helpful thx.

  2. Ermest WoodardErmest Woodard
    April 6, 2015    

    How do I do a restore from the PC backup to a Mac after upgrading SSD then fused with HDD?

    • Recovering Time Machine BackupRecovering Time Machine Backup
      April 8, 2015    

      Well in your case i would recommend you new installation of Mac OS, after… just bring your data manually from PC Backup into your Mac.

      However this is a good question, and i believe you can restore your Mac from PC Backup by using a Terminal commands, unfortunately i’m not expert in commands, if you find commands please share in comment box here. Thanks!

  3. conradconrad
    April 7, 2015    

    couldn’t be written any better! Many thanks for sharing!

  4. DarleneDarlene
    April 10, 2015    

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  5. nancynancy
    July 8, 2015    

    liked your website, I find it very useful to make time machine backup
    on the other computer, surely I’ll come again.

  6. Sean MelchiondaSean Melchionda
    July 10, 2015    

    Thanks for posting this… this is exactly what I want do… specifically I want to save my MacBookPro backup to a PC Server that I have running in my house… which is then backed up to the cloud. However, after I past the following text into the terminal…”sudo tmutil setdestination /Volumes/MacBookProBackup”

    I get prompted for the password which I enter…

    and then I get an error saying “No such file or directory (error 2) back up destination could not be set.

    Any ideas what I might be doing wrong?

    Which password am I supposed to use in Step 6B?

    What happens if I boot up the MAcBookPro but the server isnt available?

    Thanks so much in advance for any help you can provide!


    • TroubleshootingTroubleshooting
      July 11, 2015    

      It’s usually happens when Terminal couldn’t locate a disk image on network, most of the time we get this problem because of the “Disk Image Name”, to resolve this problem you can try following steps:
      1. Check disk image name as same as in the command you entering in Terminal, also make sure no spaces in “Backup Disk Image Name”.
      2. If you still get problem then start the whole process again.
      3. Enter your user login password same as your computer password for Terminal-Step 6B.
      If you couldn’t able to resolve the problem, let me know.
      Good Luck!

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    July 22, 2015    

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    November 10, 2015    

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