Back-up Solution & Time Capsule/Machine Questions

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by bigmedia, Sep 23, 2008.

  1. bigmedia macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2008
    Hi Guys,

    This is my first post here, unfortunately not a happy one. I’ve had my macbook for 11 months and the hard drive just died, although it’s covered by applecare - unfortunately the data recovery, if even possible, is going to cost me £140.

    I’ve always thought backing up is a great idea, although I’ve never been that great at actually doing it. Now, when my mac arrives back with it’s new hard drive I plan on coming up with some kind of fool proof back-up routine that I cant forget to do or have no excuse to put off.

    I am aware of Time Machine but have never used it, and I was thinking about getting hold of a Time Capsule. Basically I’m one of those people that always puts backing up off until tomorrow, and now it’s too late. So I’ve got a couple of questions about the time capsule and time machine.

    1. Can the time capsule operate wirelessly without being connected to the web? I.e. can I plug it in, turn it on, and back up my files without worrying about internet access?

    2. Can I plug a secondary drive into the time capsule and get it to copy the backup files to it, so that I can take it home at the end of the day (in case of fire, etc…)

    3.Does time machine backup files periodically or in real time, as and when they are edited?

    I apologise if these have been answered before, I tried searching but couldnt find anything - or maybe I was searching the wrong keywords. Thanks for any help though, much appreciated!

  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    1. Yes! I do this myself with my Time Capsule. It doesn't need an Internet connection to function - only a connection to your computer.
    2. No, if you mean copying Time Machine backups. However, you CAN make a secondary backup on that additional drive using other means, then take it home.
    3. It backs up everything that's not excluded from backing up (which can be configured in Time Machine's preferences) every hour. For some odd reason you cannot ADD additional things to back up, though.
  3. bigmedia thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2008
    Ok, thanks for that, it sounds cool.

    Does it slow your system down much, or can it run in the background without much resource hogging?

    I read somewhere online that you can archive the time capsule drive to another disk inserted into the USB port on the TC? Is that what you meant about the offsite backup?

    Does anyone use any online backup services? What are they like, can they be automated too, so there's no hassle involved?
  4. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    It doesn't slow things down much, no.
    I was not aware of any ability to archive the TC disk to an external, so no... that is NOT what I meant about offsite backup.
    I do not use online backup services, so I can't really comment on them.
  5. netnothing macrumors 68040


    Mar 13, 2007
    Apple did add the ability to plug in an external USB drive to the Time Capsule and have it archive the TC backup to that external USB drive. You could then store that drive offsite.

    Basically through AirPort utility for the TC you select Archive and it'll copy the contents to the attached USB drive.

    This review talks about it:

    I personally haven't tried it yet.


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