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I use an SMB network drive as a Time Machine backup from a Macbook on my home network.

What is the correct way of "lazily" connecting to that network drive so that it automatically connects when I'm on the network, but muting / hiding any errors when I'm away from my network?

I've added the drive to login items but then I repeatedly receive errors like this:

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  • What is the network drive brand? Synology NASes announce Time Machine drives via Bonjour, so you basically don’t have to manually mount them. – Gummibando May 1 at 19:11
  • @Gummibando ah yep — that makes sense, thanks for your help. For anyone else wondering the same thing: if you have a Synology NAS as long as you enter the Synology user details in Time Machine it will back up without you needing to mount manually or on login. – zzz May 3 at 4:14

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