How to back up your Mac automatically with WD MyBook Live and Time Machine

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Western-Digital-My-Book-LiveTime Machine is a piece of Apple software, but you need to have some hardware for it to back up onto. One option is external firewire or USB hard drive – a good option if you only have one computer. A second option is to run it on a networked external storage device. That means that it plugs into your network, via an Ethernet Cable, and any Macintosh on your network can backup to it. This is how Apple’s ‘ Time Capsule’ works. It’s a great option if you have more than one Macintosh in your house. There are non-Apple solutions available – this article explains how to set up Apple’s Time Machine on a Western Digital My Book Live.

1. Get a Western Digital My Book Live. Apple sell the Western Digital MyBook on their website, but not the networked MyBook Live.

2. Assuming you already have a network – some kind of a router connected to the Internet and connected to your home computers – plug the Ethernet Cable from the My Book Life into your router, then plug the power adapter in. At this stage the My-book live that I had needed firmware updates and this took a bit of fiddling. I won’t explain it here, but basically I needed to login and tell it to upgrade it’s firmware automatically from the web. The manual firmware upgrade did not work.

3. Go to System Preferences/ Time Machine, or use the menu Go/Applications/Time Machine

Click ‘Select Disk…’


4. There should be a disc that automatically appears that says on “MyBookLive – backup” – select this disc and click ‘Use for Backup’.

When it asks you for a password, select the ‘Guest’ option.


5. Make sure the time machine slider is set to ‘On’ and Time Machine will automatically backup your machine every hour, every day and every week.

6. Go to System Preferences, Spotlight, and click on the ‘Privacy’ tab. Click the plus button and select The My Book Live is a great solution because it comes ready to work with Time Machine out of the box. All you have to do is plug it into your ethernet router and your computer will find it as easily as an external hard drive.

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