time capsule for lion

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  1. Paulshaqz macrumors 6502a

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    so i'm getting ready for lion and i have my time capsule and was planning of doing a clean install and i was thinking of buying an external hard drive just to be on the safe side should i or i don't even need it?
     
  2. djrod macrumors 65816

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  3. Paulshaqz thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    to back up my files if i do a clean install
     
  4. djrod macrumors 65816

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    Maybe i'm missing something but... Why don't you use your time capsule for that? :confused:
     
  5. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    I use them both. Time Capsule = long term backups. External drive = for doing things like clean installs. I use SuperDuper to make a copy of my Mac to the external drive before doing the clean install, and then restore from that.

    For me, restoring from an external drive is a gazillion times faster than restoring from Time Capsule (even when connected directly via ethernet).
     
  6. JohnDoe98 macrumors 68020

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    I doubt all that is necessary (even if somewhat faster); it seems like overkill to me. But if anyone is really interested in pursuing this strategy, I can sell them an external 500GB HDD for cheap.
     
  7. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    Based on what you keep on your Mac, it may entirely be overkill.

    I have over 200GB of music, photos, videos and virtual machines. Last time I tried Time Capsule, it took about 8 hours to restore everything. With an external drive, it takes a little over an hour. To me, that's "significantly faster", not "somewhat faster". But to each their own.
     
  8. Icaras macrumors 603

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    Wow, what TC model do you own? Because I know that the third generation model along with Snow Leoaprd improved speeds drastically. I have roughly the same amount of media as you do but it surely didn't take me 8 hours to restore...Maybe a couple of hours I think.
     
  9. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    2nd gen. Glad to know they're faster now!
     
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  11. Paulshaqz thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    that was my plan to because i figuredwith time capsule it is very slow since it's the first gen and for some reason i don't trust it so that's why i figured it's best to have extra backup especially for my macbook pro like when i'm away.
     

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