aebs + hard drive benefits?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by troublesolstice, Nov 30, 2011.

  1. troublesolstice macrumors newbie

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    what are some things you can do with this setup?
    is it reliable enough for time machine?
     
  2. chuffman15 macrumors regular

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    yes it is. i have this setup using a 2tb external hdd i got on black friday. i will say that the usb connection does work good but not as good as a network drive that connects to the AEBS via an ethernet cable. ethernet is much faster than usb.
     
  3. colinwil macrumors regular

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    Gigabit Ethernet is more than twice as fast than USB 2.0 so you're correct. But many (most?) cheap network drives don't do gigabit Ethernet - only 100Mbps - which is four times slower than USB 2.0.

    Also, I've found that trying to get network hard drives working properly with Lion can be a nightmare.

    For that reason I prefer the USB route even if it's slightly slower
     
  4. b-rad g macrumors 6502a

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    For the price of the AEBS + HD you could just get the Time Capsule. No??
     
  5. mfram macrumors 65816

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    I had the original Gen 1 Time Capsule with the well-known failing power supply problem. The problem with the TC setup compared to AEBS+Ext drive is that if the TC fails in any way (like the power supply), then you lose your data with it. Yes, Apple replaced my TC, but I lost the data that was on it.

    With AEBS+Ext Drive, you lose your data if the drive dies. But not if the AEBS dies.

    Now I keep backups on an external drive attached to the TC. I use the TC internal drive for temporary storage. Sure Apple probably dealt with the original design problem. But I don't trust my TC anymore.
     

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