FAQ: Time Capsule / Airport Extreme / Airport Express

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by ALERT, Mar 20, 2009.

  1. ALERT macrumors newbie

    Feb 26, 2009
    Hope this thread will benefit those who are considering to buy Time Capsule or already a have one. ;)

    I’m considering to get Time Capsule for my home network which consist of:
    - One MBP (15" Unibody)
    - Two Windows XP desptops (connected via Ethernet cable)
    - One Windows Vista laptop

    Could any Mac users help answer my queries below:

    1) Since I’m going to use Time Capsule as backup storage for Time Machine. Can I still manually copy files into its HDD and share those files with other network users?

    2) Can all Windows PCs use Time Capsule as a external storage for storing and sharing files even after Time Machine has “marked” it as a backup storage for my MBP?

    3) I presume the HDD in Time Capsule is formatted using HFS+. In this situation, do Windows users need to install special software to access the HDD in Time Capsule?
  2. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Yes, it will show up as an networked volume.

    Yes, to other machines, it will be any ol' HDD on your network.

    It doesn't really matter what it's formatted as since it's attached to the Time Capsule, not your Windows machine.
  3. Powerbooky macrumors regular


    Mar 15, 2008
    You could install Bonjour on the Windoze machines. That will make it easier to connect by the name of the "AirDisk" instead of IP numbers. And make sure though that Windoze firewall software isn't blocking anything on the local network; software like ZoneAlarm does this very often.

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