Apple time capsule or any other brand 2TB hard drive?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ansabakhan, Mar 15, 2010.

  1. ansabakhan macrumors 65816


    Mar 3, 2010
    i am new to Apple computers, i needa 2TB external Harddrive for backing up music and picture to go with my Imac ...

    time capsule 2Tb is $400 and other brand hard drivers for same capacity is almost half the price.

    my question is what are the benefits of time capsule over any other brand .. why would i want time capsule? please help me out here

  2. Pressure macrumors 68040


    May 30, 2006
    The Time Capsule is in essence a 802.11n Wi-Fi base station with simultaneous dual-band support (just like the AirPort Extreme Base Station) but with an added 2TB harddrive.

    It's not just a fancy harddrive (that happens to be server certified for increased durability).
  3. ansabakhan thread starter macrumors 65816


    Mar 3, 2010

    so that means i can share pictures and music over my home network ? is that what it is ?

    and if i only need some thing to back my music and pictures ...what should i look for in a hard drive ?
  4. Kalison macrumors member

    Jan 8, 2008
  5. numbersyx macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2006
    Yes, you can but it's primarily to be used as a backup - wirelessly for Time Machine..
  6. spcdust macrumors 6502a


    May 6, 2008
    London, UK
    Another interesting feature of Apple's Time Capsule is it's shortened life span - I personally know three people whose Time Capsule has failed with 18 - 22 months. It was/is such an issue this rather witty web-site was set up:

    One thing worth knowing is if you have AppleCare on your Mac it also covers your Time capsule even if you don't buy it at the same time as the computer.
  7. ansabakhan thread starter macrumors 65816


    Mar 3, 2010
    so i can use any extrenal hard drive if i really just want to have a wired backup device ? are there any suggestions or tread where i can get an idea on what to buy?
  8. dmm219 macrumors 6502

    Aug 25, 2008
    That's the one reason I got Apple Care on my new Mac Mini (HTPC), my TC is well over a year old and will probably go an any moment...but it will be covered under apple care.

    Also, I believe most apple stores have been pretty lenient about the TC issues, and are providing replacements free of charge for most of the 1G TCs that are failing...
  9. ansabakhan thread starter macrumors 65816


    Mar 3, 2010

    your TC goes bad = you lose all your data ?
  10. Kalison macrumors member

    Jan 8, 2008
    Eh not worth it. Bad experience with a failed TC myself.
  11. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

    Sep 27, 2008
    No, not unless the hard drive in your computer and the Time Capsule fail at the same time.

    Besides having a back-up on a separate drive (like the Time Capsule or a stand-alone hard drive), it's also a good idea to have an off-site back-up too. For example, Time Machine makes regular back-ups to a stand-alone hard drive here at home. But I also own a third stand-alone hard drive that I store at my office. Every two or three months, I'll bring it home and run a complete back-up on it and then take it back to work the next day. This protects me from fire and theft, and gives me a third hard drive just in case the unthinkable happens and I have two drives fail at once.

    I have irreplaceable data and I try to minimize my risk as much as possible...

  12. drummerlondonw3 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 10, 2008
    the main problem people have with backing up is that they donot do it or they forget to do it. A TC (I have upgraded mine to 2TB) takes that away and I simply just let it do its thing.

    Having said that its not perfect and does use up wireless bandwith, even running on 'N'

    I personally move around a lot so TC is perfect for me as it keeps me up t date
  13. ouimetnick macrumors 68020


    Aug 28, 2008
    Beverly, Massachusetts
    Sadly, Steve lied about the Server rade hard drive. It has a Deskstar drive in it. Its a consumer drive, not a pro drive.
  14. mtnDewFTW macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2009
    San Francisco, CA
    Well, the Time Capsule is definitely one of a kind. It does wireless backups, without ever disturbing you. And you can put it anywhere in the house, and it'll still do backups, no wires required. So that's all pretty nice, but the thing that I like most is the Airport Extreme that it has, built in.

    So you can basically use it as a router, printer sharing, file sharing, backups, and tons of other stuff.

    There's that, or you could get a ordinary HDD, which would basically sit at your desk next to your computer, which is fine with most people. So it really depends what you're looking for. JUST backups, go with a external 2TB HDD, which you can get for around $200. Or if you're looking for file/printer sharing and happen to need a new router, go with the Time Capsule.

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