Time Capsule: couple of noob questions :)

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  1. gusious macrumors 65816

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    Hi!!

    Recently i bought i Time Capsule.:D

    But as you can imagine i have a few questions:

    1)Is it possible to connect my MBP with my TC (via USB for example) without first installing it?Something like an external drive.

    2)Can i partition TC?If yes,can you point me what to do?I have never done this before so i really have no idea...!


    Thanks in advance!!:D
     
  2. PcBgone macrumors 6502

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    1. Although I havent tried this, I dont think this is possible. I could be wrong however.
    2. You can partition TC IF you dismantle it. Take the hard drive out, put it in a separate hard drive enclosure, then use disk utility to create your partition, then put it back into TC. I havent done this either as its to much work for me :)
     
  3. gusious thread starter macrumors 65816

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    About 2:What???Are you kidding me?Can't i just partition it with disk utility without dismantling it???I mean i have 1T only just to back up with Time Machine?:confused:
     
  4. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    umm no you cant. Use the way apple intended and nothing more. You'll hit less snags of fustration that way
     
  5. gusious thread starter macrumors 65816

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    So you're saying that 1T is going to garbage?Only for backups?Not even use it as an external hard drive to save stuff instead of my internal hard drive?:eek:
     
  6. iPhil macrumors 68040

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    1) TC is not a usb external .. It's a Wifi enabled external drive..
    You can connect more usb hard drives via A/C power Usb hub..

    2) You can partition the TC thru Disk Utility.. First full back to TC use ethernet cable 'cause your backing up 20GB+ then use wifi for the rest of backups..
     
  7. gusious thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yeah ok i'm not saying an external usb hard drive but i can't for example drag and drop a folder in TC?Like in an external drive?
     
  8. abzme macrumors newbie

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    I do that. I drag and drop. I bought mine to expand my air hard drive and I keep all my crappy music on it like country and western. But nothing too heavy. Just files I don't always need because it's noticeably slower since it's through wireless. You can't load a game or anything on there and play like that, so don't even try.

    I set my itunes library up so that I have one library for what's on my hard drive, and one for what's on my time capsule. It works okay (though not perfect). Saving and transferring is annoying and slower so I still haven't even finished, but your theory is correct.
     
  9. iPhil macrumors 68040

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    Yes you can since TM creates 1 folder for the backups..


    The Backup folder keeps expanding until the TM drive is full then deletes the oldest backup file...


    You can partition TC then TM will use that partition until fills that partition then deletes the oldest file...


    2nd partition use for drag n drop file partition etc..
     
  10. gusious thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Right!

    That's what i want to know!

    So,one more time to be sure that i understood what you said:

    I can use TC as an external hard drive.I can move a file(music,movie,photo etc) whenever i want and do a partition so as not to fill up my whole Terra.Right?

    So that leads to TC is actually an external hard drive.The only difference is that it can also create network and be wireless.

    Correct?:rolleyes:
     
  11. gusious thread starter macrumors 65816

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  12. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    Yes - your understanding is correct.
     
  13. Wakakanada macrumors regular

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    Noob Questions redux:

    Yeah, that's what I want to do too. Now, my noob questions:

    1. Can I do the partition after already doing my initial TC backup; and
    2. What's a noob? :eek:
     
  14. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    1. You can, but not without losing your backup. :(
    2. It's a term for "newbie".
     

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