Ответ на "Can I use Mac Mini as a portal for Time Machine?"For the initial backup connect the two computers with a crossover Ethernet cable. Look in the Minis network preferences after the self-assigned IP-address and connect to it using afp. (Finder->Go->Connect to server and enter afp://[IP-address]. Then if the drive is shared you can mount it. It will drastically shorten the time for the first backup.