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I currently backup my Mac to a local Time Machine drive.

I'd like to start periodically backing up that drive to the cloud, using an as of yet unchosen solution.

Once it's backed up to the cloud, can I restore that Time Machine data to any other drive to restore my Mac?


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Given the rather tricky use of hard-linked directories, access control settings and other special filesystem features I doubt that you will find a cloud storage which supports all this.

Options you may want to consider:

  • copy the whole Time Machine drive into the cloud as an image (requires a lot of bandwidth at least for the initial copy)
  • use rsync to periodically copy your data to a remote (cloud) system
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+1 thanks patrix. what's "rsync"? – andy Oct 26 '11 at 7:45
Rsync is a Unix tool to syncronize directories between disks or servers which supports incremental updates. – patrix Oct 26 '11 at 10:26
  1. I think Dolly Drive will 'act as' as time machine drive in the cloud. I haven't seen any other services to offer that...
  2. IDrive is able to back-up your time machine drive itself
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