Time Capsule Backup to USB?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by glennsan, Feb 6, 2012.

  1. glennsan, Feb 6, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2012

    glennsan macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2002
    San Diego
    I may be stupid but since I switched to the new Airport firmware (6.0) I am unable to backup my Time Capsule to an external USB hard drive. At least I cannot find the option to do so. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.


    PS Just realized the correct verbiage is Archive to USB. Thanks.
  2. matteman50 macrumors member

    May 28, 2009
    Similar, though more complex, problem here. My Time Machine backup also got de-associated or de-linked from my Mac within the last week. My case was more complex, since I had to mess with the firmware on both my Airport Express and Airport Extreme to get AirPlay/AirTunes working after an Extreme firmware update bricked it (hey, I said my issue was more complex). Anyway, I got that other problem resolved but now the Time Machine backup is stuck on February 2, the last time I did a successful TM backup. I can't seem to update it.

    My hardware configuration is a USB hard drive connected to the Airport Extreme. I googled this issue, and read second-hand reports that Apple does not now support my configuration; in other words, the supported configuration for Time Machine, other than an Apple-branded Time Capsule's preinstalled hard drive, is a USB hard drive connected directly to the Mac that's being backed up. I actually still haven't tried connecting that USB drive directly to the Mac yet, though for various reasons I'm not really expecting that to work with my existing backup, which I suspect to be sort of fried anyway. I'll report again if I learn anything new, but going forward I plan to just connect the Time Machine backup drive directly to my Mac.

    Longreply was long.

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