Time Capsule failure - recommendations for new one?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by oxgoldilox, Aug 21, 2012.

  1. oxgoldilox macrumors newbie

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    My 2 years young Time Capsule died peacefully overnight some weeks back and having lost complete faith in TCs I wonder if anyone has any recommendations for external hard drives to back up my macs to?

    I'm after 500GB-1TB mostly to store photos to free up my ageing iMac's hard drive. And I'm in the UK if that makes any difference.

    Many thanks.
     
  2. eric44 macrumors member

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    Mine died too.
    I was concened about buying another one given heat and reliability issues.
    I bought an airport extreme and attached a Synology DS212 NAS to it via ethernet.
    Total cost £530 for a twin 2TB drive solution with router so not cheap.
    Works very well though, the NAS is very quiet and cool so the drives have a better chance of a long life...
     
  3. goy091 macrumors newbie

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    I'm running a Synology DS209J (2009 model) 2 bay NAS with 2x 2TB HDD's in RAID 1. You can run Time Machine on the NAS, as well as a whole host of apps for your i-devices to control/use the NAS.

    I'd recommend a DS212J, the 2012 model, they also have a DS212 and DS212+ which are faster but more expensive. These are 2 bay models, but you can start off only using one HDD and add a second one for redundancy or additional storage. They also make, 1, 4, 15 etc. bay models.

    I use Time Machine on the Disk Station to backup my Macs, as well as store all my mp3's, videos, pics and program images. I also stream mp3's and movies to my ipad, iphone and MBA while I'm on the go using the Synology apps in the app store.

    I also use an Asus RT-N56U dual band router while at home. Makes backing up to the Disk Station faster using a 5GHz N wireless since my MBA has a 5GHz N wifi capability.

    Here's a nice blog by someone using a Mac and Synology DS.
    http://macsynology.wordpress.com/

    If you're purely looking for just an external HDD, I've had success using the WD my book series on other family members Macs.
     
  4. oxgoldilox thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your replies guys. All helps towards making a decision. :cool:
     
  5. nsfw macrumors regular

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    The 2011 Time Capsule is a lot better and I noticed the 2TB model is $184 at Bestbuy.com refurbished. Probably a limited discount price.
     
  6. mikepro macrumors 6502

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    FYI, if you happen to have Applecare coverage on a current mac product, it will likely extend coverage to your Time Capsule. If you do, you may get Apple to replace it for free.
     

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