Alternatives to the Time Capsule

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by cminshew, Jul 24, 2008.

  1. cminshew macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2008
    I want to buy an external hard drive for photos and also use it as a backup for my Mac. Will any hard drive that connects with a USB or Firewire cable and is Mac compatible work?
  2. aethelbert macrumors 601

    Jun 1, 2007
    Chicago, IL, USA
    Yes, but you'll need to partition it in order to use it for both photos and backups. Any drive will work, just choose an appropriate size in relation to your internal drive.
  3. imfrog2002 macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2007
    Why would you need to partition it? With mine, it allows files in addition to the back up... I've never heard of having to partition it differently.
  4. skorpien macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    I assume this is to keep the backup and data partitions distinct and separate. This way you can't go over your alloted data space and inadvertently rob yourself of the backup space, or vice versa.
  5. tsice19 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 16, 2008
    Yes, any external drive will work. However, just to be sure, head over to and go to the Apple section and look at those drives. They are made specifically for Mac and they have some that match Apple products quite well.

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