Best Time Machine Solution for MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by richard13, Mar 2, 2009.

  1. richard13 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2008
    Mill Creek, WA
    To get me started with Time Machine I hooked up a USB external drive enclosure with a WDC HD I had been using off and on for my PC. While this works, the drive makes noise and I have to remember to unmount and disconnect the HD every time I want to take my MBP anywhere.

    Could anyone recommend a better, quieter drive?

    Do all external drives need to do the two step process of unmounting then disconnect?

    What about using Time Capsule? I like my existing router and don't like the idea of paying that much for something that is essentially a backup device with a simple router but maybe this is a better option?

  2. MarkSTi04 macrumors regular

    Nov 18, 2008
    Illinois Side of St. Louis, MO
    The eject device thing seems to be for just about anything you hook up to the Mac via-USB. I have a Seagate Free Agent Go, and only used it to transfer data from my PC to the mac. Its a good quiet drive. I really wanted a Free Agent Go for Mac, but its packaged with a dock and thats part of the reason why it cost a bit more than the drive I have now.

    Im gonna look into putting it on the Airport Extreme and see if Time Machine will back up to it wirelessly. I don't have any experence with that yet, but Im sure there is a way to do it.

    Im still sold on getting a Time Capsule at some point in the future, the only thing about it is the cost. $500 for 1TB is a lot and you can get a 1TB HD for under $200 these days easy.

    I will say this in much favor to the Seagate Free Agent Go for Mac, is that it has both USB and FireWire 400/800, so that might be a good option for you. I haven't used the Firewire yet on my MBP so I don't know what happens when you connect/disconnect from it. Anyone care to comment about how that goes?
  3. Mark2000 macrumors regular


    Oct 18, 2007
    yeah, find a cheap airport extreme N and hook your usb drive to it. Use Airport Disk Utility to make it mount each time you connect to the network. Its pretty great.

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