airport extreme + HD vs. time capsule

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by xboxmookie, Jun 23, 2009.

  1. xboxmookie macrumors newbie

    Apr 2, 2009
    does an airport extreme with an attached external hard drive function exactly the same as a time capsule? i would like to know if there are any minute differences because i am in the market for one.
  2. youngjm macrumors newbie

    May 28, 2009
    When I bought my MacBook in April I also bought an AE since I had an external HD. I am having absolutely no problems with time machine backups. I am not sure if Time Capsule would be quicker since it would be an internal drive to the AE vs one attached via USB?
  3. xboxmookie thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 2, 2009
    anyone know of any speed differences or HD recommendations?
  4. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    I was doing this until one of my external HDDs started giving me problems. I'm going to pick up a new one today.

    I need an AEBS of my own as I move soon, but I don't see myself getting a time capsule. It's about an extra $120 for a 500GB hard drive. Fry's has a 1.5TB hard drive made by Seagate on sale for $120. I don't mind the "clutter" of external HDDs in such a case, and I'm all about getting a free terabyte.

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