Is Time Capsule worth it or...?

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  1. APPLEFAN8 macrumors 65816

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    Should I just get an External HD instead of time capsule and save 200 or should I get Time Capsule. Just because I want to get it now so my Hard Drive doesn't fail like it did last tuesday and apple replaced it for free? Thanks
     
  2. Firen macrumors regular

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    Well if you already have a functioning router and everything I'd rather stick to a normal external hard drive and use time machine like this... I just find it more practical: It's cheaper, it's faster and you can use it for other things as well ^-^
     
  3. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

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    Just connect an external drive to your router if you've got one and make sure the router supports that.

    TC is a waste if you ask me. It would be cheaper to get an AEBS and external drive.
     
  4. rfrankl macrumors 6502

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    TC is definitely worth it, but to each his own.
     
  5. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

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    So $500 for a 1 TB HDD and a few ethernet ports is worth it? You can get a purpose-built router, say the AEBS, and a HDD for, at the most, $400.
     
  6. APPLEFAN8 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks guys and I'll just get an external Hard Drive 500GB I guess. By the way anyone know what geektools is?
     
  7. rfrankl macrumors 6502

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    For me, the $100 isn't a make or break deal. I like the convenience of it all in one. To you, the $100 is a make or break deal.
     
  8. Primejimbo macrumors 68040

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    That's why rfrankl said "TC is definitely worth it, but to each his own." It's worth it for him but it may not be worth it for everyone. There are times I will pay the extra money for the convenience, but other times I won't.
    I wanted a TC but couldn't afford it at the time so I got an Airport and I will get an external hard drive soon. I think I will only save $50.00-$100.00, but now I will have to get a "Y" adapter (because I have the printer hooked up to the Airport), and have more crap on my desk that has the router on. If I got the TC it's all in one, takes less room, and looks nicer. I might still get a TC and just sell the Airport on eBay or something.
     
  9. NRose8989 macrumors 6502a

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    My Linksys WRT54G just recently took a dump on me, So I was in the market for a new router..

    I went to Best Buy and bought a 500GB TC... Once I got home, I set up my network and began backing up my iMac. The transfer speeds were so deathly slow (like 6-10MB/s, over gigabit), that I returned it that same day and got a $100 netgear gigabit & 802.11N router..... Has been working great ever since.
     
  10. Ov3rlord Falc0r macrumors regular

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    Ya 500 dollars is a lot of money to spend on one. I personally just got a 80 dollar Netgear N router from Best Buy and a 165 dollar 1TB external drive from newegg. Now lets see do I want to spend 250 dollars or 500? That's the question you should be asking yourself now.
     
  11. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    For me its worth it in the convenience sector. However, a while back I couldn't afford it, so I took the External Drive and AEBS route.

    Still, like a poster above me said, I think i might end up selling the AEBS on eBay and get me a Time Capsule once those babies reach 2TB, which shouldn't be long seeing as how 2TB drives are readily available.
     
  12. tempusfugit macrumors 65816

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    will time machine work with an external drive hooked up via USB to my linksys router?

    I have shared drives from a windows box that I can't use for time machine which kind of blows. They just don't appear and I can't browse to them in the time machine setup. I don't want to get an external drive just for time machine if I have to plug it into my MBP. I have a nice dual band router that I like a lot and I don't want to shell out the cash for time capsule.
     
  13. NRose8989 macrumors 6502a

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    Ya you can, assuming the drive is formatted HFS+.

    That's the reason why your networked drives don't show up in the time machine preferences.
     
  14. RDM3 macrumors regular

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    I saw a 1TB made by SimpleDrive at Best Buy for $119, which I bought for my Macbook, and they had a Seagate 1.5TB for $139, which I bought to replace another HD that was full.
     
  15. eman macrumors 6502a

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    TC is worth it; I bought a new TC 1TB on greedbay (ebay) for $300 after MS cashback (thanks MS) and have been happy. I also have my printer plugged into TC and I now print wireless.
     
  16. Trimmer2 macrumors member

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    I too replaced my WRT54g and got the Time Capsule and it worked GREAT! I've since upgraded to the newer TC so I can take full advantage of the N speed with AppleTV and my uMBP and not get bogged down by iPhone 'other' G speeds.

    The first back up via Ethernet cable was slow but, once complete, wireless updating has been flawless.
     
  17. tayshon macrumors 6502a

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    I brought TC, I love it. I have both hubby and mine MacBook backed up on it, yes the first back up was slow as hell, but after that no problems. I never have to worry about doing a back up it does it for me every hour on the hour.
     
  18. martynmc7 macrumors regular

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    The Time Capsule is great if you need to backup notebooks, I bought mine so I could wirelessly backup both my iMac and my Macbook Pro. If you only have a desktop then TC isn't worth the money, just buy an external hard drive, simple!
     
  19. Primejimbo macrumors 68040

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    Why do I find it funny MS gave you cash back on an Apple product? lol :D

    So how good of a condition was it in? I might go that route.
     
  20. eman macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, it was pretty funny! The TC was new in box.
     
  21. crackbookpro macrumors 65816

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    I like my time capsule. I got the 500GB because of the expense. ;) I have no complaints using it with one laptop to back-up. But, 'rumor is' there can be cons with multiple users - I heard trying to back-up 2 macs can lead to problems... It's in a forum somewhere in here...try mroogle.com

    mine is nice n' fast though :D

    CrackBookPro:cool:
     
  22. Ov3rlord Falc0r macrumors regular

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    Ya you can use it to back up multiple mac's if the drive is large enough. You can do this with a normal external drive too. You just have to partition the drive itself then select 1 part for 1 computer, another part for the next computer, and so on...
     

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