Thinking of buying Time Capsule but have an Extreme already...?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by MrDexx, Jul 30, 2011.

  1. MrDexx macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2010
    Hey Gang,

    So my iMac seems to have corrupted itself on the Mac partition following the Lion update (reboots to a grey screen). Tried to do a disk repair and it says it can't be repaired and that I'll need to wipe the drive and reinstall new...great.

    (Interestingly the windows partition can still load...go figure)

    Anyways, I realize now I should have been backing up my files. So I'm looking at purchasing the 3TB Time Capsule that was just released.

    Problem is, I already have an Airport Extreme Base should I just by the TC and sell the AEBS? Or is there a useful purpose for keeping both?

    Also, with Lion's new automatic saving of revisions, is Time Capsule still as relevant?

    Or is there a more affordable solution since I already have a Wireless router and Lion saves revisions?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!
  2. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Doesn't the Extreme have a USB port for external drives? Is so, save yourself a load of cash and buy a 1-3TB external drive instead.
  3. MrDexx, Jul 30, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2011

    MrDexx thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2010
    I was thinking that, but I thought I read somewhere that the automatic backup feature of Time Machine only works with Time Capsule, other hard drives would require manual backups?

    Is this not true?

    Is there an external drive that has a reputation of quality results with Apple products?

    I just came across these two:

    Western Digital My Book for Mac 2 TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive

    Iomega eGo 2 TB USB 2.0 FireWire 800 Desktop External Hard Drive Mac Edition - 34796
  4. fat jez macrumors 68000

    fat jez

    Jun 24, 2010
    Glasgow, UK
    No, plugging in a USB hard disk will give you automatic time capsule backups. It's what I used to do, although I upgraded to a 2TB TC about a month ago to get the benefit of the improved wifi.
  5. CWallace macrumors 603


    Aug 17, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    I intended to go to a new 2GB Time Capsule to replace my older Airport Extreme, but nobody could confirm the better wireless performance of the new Airport Extreme carried over to the new Time Capsule.

    So I bought the Airport Extreme and connected a spare 2TB USB Western Digital MyBook and it's happily working as a Time Machine backup disk for both my 13" and 15" MacBook Pros. Time Machine automatically mounts the drive, performs the backup, and then unmounts the drive.
  6. Brian33 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 30, 2008
    USA (Virginia)
    Apple claims that "Time Machine can’t back up to an external disk connected to an AirPort Extreme" (See No one knows why Apple doesn't recommend or support using an AEBS disk for TM backup. However, it seems to work for most people.

    Is it a good idea? I'm not so sure... I personally feel more secure using a TC (even a 1st-gen one), so if I were you I'd buy a TC, and then either sell the AEBS or use it to extend the wireless network range.
  7. applefan289 macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2010
    I was in the same boat as you. I bought a 2TB Time Capsule (the current gen one) and had an Airport Extreme, but ended up selling it for a pretty good price on eBay. You can't beat Time Capsule for backing up. It is seamless.

    As far as Lion saving revisions - it does, but it doesn't back it up. Even if you have revisions, if your computer crashes, it crashes, and you won't have those revisions anymore.

    As far as more affordable solutions, you can buy an external hard drive, but I had a horrible experience after installing the WD smart ware that came with my hard drive. I did it to have password protection on it, and the software ended up ruining the experience so I returned it.

    Time Capsule is the easiest way to back up.

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