Do I need Time Capsule to back-up wirelessly?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by energysaver, Feb 19, 2009.

  1. energysaver macrumors newbie

    Feb 18, 2009
    I love the idea of Time Capsule but its sooooo expensive for the amount of storage.

    Can I buy a NAS drive (like a WD World Edition) and use it like a Time Capsule - backing-up using Time Machine over my WiFi network?

  2. MAGICMOXTER macrumors regular

    Feb 16, 2009
    You can do what you suggested, and this has been covered a lot before in this forum which is probably why noone answered.

    I have a hard drive connected using LAN to my wireless router and backup using time machine and it works like a charm.
  3. Pika macrumors 68000


    Oct 5, 2008
    I back up all my stuffs to my TimeCapsule without TimeMachine... i just drag and drop all my important files and applications to it like a wired external hard-drive. You can go anywhere in your house without having to keep a HD connected to your macbook.
  4. desiringGod macrumors regular

    Feb 15, 2008
    Yes you can.
  5. MattZani macrumors 68030


    Apr 20, 2008

    You could buy an Airport Extreme and an External USB Drive, or any Wireless Router with a USB on the back really
  6. JoseAtMacPro macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2009
    Time Capsule is needed

    I'm new to Mac World. But the following is my learning so far. Time Machine does a complete backup of your Mac every hour.To do that wirelessly Time Capsule is needed. :mad: Backing up wirelessly with TIME MACHINE is not supported unless, of course,if you have Time Capsule. Of course, you can always backup manually those important files if you have a set up with Airport Station/USB Port/HardDrive. In my case, I have a Belkin USB Port and WD My Book 1TB.
    My book is connected to Belkin USB Port and Belkin USB port is connected to Airport Station.It works fine. That is, my MacBook Pro can see WD My book wirelessly, however, Time Machine refuses to see My Book wirelessly. Reason:it is not supported.It didn't work either when I hooked My book directly to Airport Station.My solution is to back up some important files wirelessly when needed and every once in a while connect My book by wire to do a full back up. Hope this helps.But if any of you out there knows how to do a full Time Capsule backup with a similar configuration.Please let me know.

  7. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    Not true - I've done wireless time machine backups using my airport extreme base station and seagate freeagent pro.

    But I went back to using firewire because backups are soooo slow the wireless route.
  8. JoseAtMacPro macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2009
    How to do it?

    I wonder then how to do it.
    I have a MacBook Pro and like I said in a previous comment, my MacBook Pro can see the hard disk wirelessly but when setting Time Machine I have to choose a Backup Disk, then I have to click an icon that says : "Set Up Time Capsule" this makes my laptop to open Airport utility but never shows my My Book hard drive that I can already access on Computer/My Book.

  9. stovetop6872 macrumors regular

    Dec 27, 2007
    First, plug in your hard drive into your Base Station. Wait like 10 - 15 seconds and open the finder and click on your Base Station in the side bar.


    Now, double click your drive (its manufactured to say "My Book". This will MOUNT the drive to your computer. Now Open System Preferences and click Time Machine. Now, click "Choose Disk" or "Change Disk" (I don't remember which one it's called).


    It will show your drive connected yo your Base Station. Click on it and you can start using Time Machine wirelessly!


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