Can I use a Time Capsule as a backup and connect an external drive to it...

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Star Nuts, Aug 11, 2012.

  1. Star Nuts macrumors member

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    that will be used as an iTunes database? I'm debating a laptop but I don't want to have to have it connected whenever I need to backup or if I want to watch something on my Apple TV.

    My setup right now is my iMac connected to two separate external hard drives one as a backup and the other for iTunes. If I did go the laptop route with Time Capsule, will I get the EXACT same results, just wireless? And what happens if take my laptop to work one day and I leave my wifi while backing up unintentially? Could that cause problems?
     
  2. hafr macrumors 68030

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    Same result, yes. The backup will be aborted, the backup files shouldn't be more damaged than that a simple checkup during the next backup will fix it. But make a habit out of checking if Time Machine is running, because I've read about people who have had corrupted backups due to the connection going down.
     
  3. robgendreau macrumors 68030

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    Well, the exact same results but possibly slower, since wifi is gonna be slower than a USB connection. But whether that makes a difference depends on what you're backing up and otherwise moving around.

    And you could set up your laptop to backup to your TM backup, wherever it is, manually. I just make a habit of doing that when I hook it up to recharge over night. If you use some of the versioning built into some applications you maintain at least some backups while you're working. There might be a way to enable local TM backups with TM on the laptop while it's attached to your LAN but without writing to the TC, but I’m not sure.
     

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