At home, my primary computer is an iMac with an external USB hard drive. The external drive is shared so that other computers can use it for Time Machine. I have a MacBook Air that I take to work every day, and it uses the shared Time Machine drive when I am at home. However, I have to manually mount the drive.
How can I set up my MacBook Air to automatically mount the shared drive when I'm on my home AirPort network?
Currently, I perform these steps to mount the shared drive and back up:
- In a Finder window, select the iMac from the Shared list
- Press "Connect"
- Authenticate with my iMac user credentials (I just saved the password to my keychain)
- Choose the USB drive from the list of available volumes to mount
- Use the Time Machine menu extra to choose "Back Up Now"
Ultimately, I want to make this a zero-step process, so I can come home, turn on the MacBook Air, automatically detect and mount the shared drive, and back up with Time Machine. I assume this can be automated, with an automation script set up as a login item, but it would be preferable to avoid explicitly scripting it.
(I originally wanted to attach the hard drive to my AirPort Extreme and share it from there for Time Machine, but this failed or was not allowed on SnowLeopard; I don't remember. I haven't attempted it since upgrading to Lion.)
Thanks for reading!
Both of my computers are running Lion.