Disk for Time Machine?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Baldrake, Feb 7, 2017.

  1. Baldrake macrumors 6502

    May 22, 2012
    Great White North
    My 4-year old time capsule is starting to throw up errors, so I'm looking at replacing it.

    What's the current thinking of best hard drive to support time machine? I was initially thinking a NAS, but they are awfully expensive. What solutions are you all using to do time machine on your LAN?
  2. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    Right now I'm running a Time Capsule AC with a 2nd 3TB external. But looking at options, I'm actually thinking I might install Server on my Mini and use that.
  3. MacForScience macrumors 6502


    Sep 7, 2010
    Save your money and buy a regular desktop drive from HGST (Touro) or some such, and invest in a CrashPlan subscription. If you want to be paranoid like me you can use Carbon Copy to clone your drive to a disk, Time Machine to backup to another, CrashPlan to locally backup to another and to their servers. Please don't do network Time Machine with OS X server–that is nothing but problems in my experience. You have no idea how many hours I have spent at client locations having to mess with OS X server Time Machine service to try to make it behave itself.

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