Redefining “Time Machine” - Macenstein

Redefining “Time Machine”

As any true Apple fan will tell you, when it comes to hardware design, how a device looks on the outside is almost as important as how well it functions inside. Well, faithful Macenstein reader Dean Gray has created the ultimate “Time Machine” hackintosh, and in a nice twist, wrapped it inside a little bit of Apple history.

source Dean Gray

“Using the shell of a 1986 Mac Plus 1MB – I filled the innards with 6 hard drives (2.3TB total) and an intel atom motherboard,” says Dean. “This is now my time machine server. I didn’t have space for the screen so it’s got a 10.4″ digital picture frame to replace that, but i’ve got VGA out to a monitor for when I need to see it. It’s getting WiFi soon as well. Not actually difficult to do, surprisingly.”

Despite the Intel Atom motherboard and 6 hard drives, Dean was able to keep his monster cool thanks to a couple PCI coolers, and he claims it’s no louder than a Drobo.

If you’d like to make one yourself, you can get Dean’s Atom Motherboard here and and PCI card here.

7 Responses to “Redefining “Time Machine””
  1. Killer's Dad says:

    That’s sacrilege. I’d rather have a 1980’s Mac than a 1990’s Windows platform.

  2. michaeljk says:

    Which operating system do you use on it? OS X or something else?

  3. Vince says:

    So which os are you using? I’m really curious as to whether or not this is a hackintosh?

  4. NG says:

    OMG, my Mac Plus has been begging for some kind of use like this. And one of my iMacs! I think I might have found a solution…

  5. Matt says:

    Here’s an idea.. why not use Snow Leopard Server?

    Barring sound, I have 10.6.6 working perfectly on my atom system.

  6. Sweet idea. I have a similar setup (sans cool case). I’m using Freenas to manage the file serving. Are you using similar software or just running Windows?

  7. Richard says:

    He could be using an app called FREENAS, its a lunix based web managed NAS that supports time machine destination etc

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