Can you extend the time capsule capacity?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by yalag, Mar 3, 2009.

  1. yalag macrumors 65816

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    1 Tb isn't enough for the three macs that we have in the house. Can you add in a usb drive and combine the external and internal drives into one backup volume?
     
  2. canyonblue737 macrumors 6502a

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    No. You can add external hard drives for network access but Time Machine will only backup to one single drive and will not combo drives for storage space.
     
  3. Le Big Mac macrumors 68020

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    If one is backing up multiple computers, can one back up one computer to the TC drive and one to the external?
     
  4. tefleming macrumors 6502

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    Without some hacking, you can only wireless-ly use Time Machine to backup to the internal drive on a Time Capsule.
     
  5. Arran macrumors 68040

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    Yes, been doing that for ~ 6 months.

    Setup:
    • 500GB Time Capsule with USB attached 1GB hard drive.
    • Macbook backs up to Time Capsule.
    • iMac backs up to 1GB hard drive.

    No hacking required, btw.
     
  6. Le Big Mac macrumors 68020

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    Thanks! I think tefleming is talking about something else--having TM backup the TC internal drive to a USB drive attached to the TC. But perhaps I misunderstood him.
     
  7. yalag thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Well, you can backup to the internat drive and external drive from different macs. That's not a surprise you just choose the target drive when you turn on time machine. What I want is to combine the two drives into one central time machine volume. Guess not.
     
  8. Arran macrumors 68040

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    Sorry yalag. I misread your original question. You're right in your conclusion - I don't think there's a way to combine internal and external drives.

    I prefer keeping each Mac on a separate backup drive. Making sure the Macbook (work) is backed up to the hour is CRITICAL for me - so it gets the 500GB TC internal drive all to itself and its backups run flawlessly. The iMac (fun) is not so critical - so it gets a cheap 1TB external which does occasionally hiccup and often goes for days without a backup (not a big deal).

    So even if I could merge the 500GB and 1TB, I doubt I would.
     

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