Purchasing 500GB Time Capsule from friend...

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Habitus, Jul 31, 2009.

  1. Habitus macrumors 6502a

    Habitus

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    Hey all,

    I'm getting a 500GB Time Capsule from a friend at work (he is purchasing the new 2TB TC) for $50.

    What is the consensus? Does anyone have helpful tips and tricks?

    I have a 1TB external drive, is it possible to add the drive to the TC via the USB and extend the capacity, or does it appear as a different drive? Can you configure Time Machine with the external drive and use it wirelessly?

    I have a 13" 2.26 GHz MBP

    Thanks for the help :)

    -Habitus
     
  2. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    Great deal for you.

    Whether you can attach a USB drive depends on the model of TC. Some of the older models might not support USB drives.

    If it does support USB drives, any USB drive formatted in HFS+ will work. It will appear as a separate drive to the TC's internal drive.
     
  3. skorpien macrumors 68020

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    geoffreak, I think you're thinking of the AEBS. The first gen TC (which I own) has the ability to share HDDs and printers.

    Habitus, geoffreak is correct with his second point. It will have to be formatted HFS+ and it will appear as a separate drive. To add, it can't increase the capacity of the internal drive, and it will be able to be used as a Time Machine backup volume (target disk). Also, it's fairly easy to upgrade the internal drive to a larger capacity drive, but that requires you to open it up and manually swap the drives. I'd usually include a warning about voiding warranties, but seeing as you're buying it second hand chances are good that the warranty is no longer in effect.
     
  4. Habitus thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Habitus

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    Thanks for the update! I'm glad I can use my hard drive and add it to the TC. This is definitely exciting.

    I can add a Hub and connect both a external drive and a printer, right?

    As for upgrading the TC internal drive, are the drives similar to notebook 2.5" internal drives?

    Thanks guys!

    Habitus
     
  5. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    Yes, you can add a USB hub.

    The TC uses a 3.5" internal drive.
     

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