Time Capsule incompatibility with Tiger

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by mckeeper, Jan 2, 2010.

  1. mckeeper macrumors newbie

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    Hey all.

    My situation: I am currently running Tiger 10.4.11. I am upgrading to Snow Leopard. I want to back up my iMac before installing SL. The wonderful new gift I received of Time Capsule 802.11n is not compatible with Tiger; it needs OS X 10.5.2, minimum. I was told my iMac would be able to recognize TC if it was connected with an Ethernet cable, even with my current OS. I was told I wouldn't be able to run Time Machine, but I would be able to back everything up using TC as an external disc.

    My problem: How do I perform the actual back-up? My computer recognizes that TC is there, but I can't install the TC software due to my OS being too old.

    Thanks.
     
  2. pdjudd macrumors 601

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    Use another program that does backup like SuperDuper or CCC and just treat the time capsule as a regular Network hard drive. Than do your upgrade.
     
  3. mckeeper thread starter macrumors newbie

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    TC not recognized - install SN without back-up?

    Apparently I was wrong and TC is not being recognized by my computer. I downloaded both CCC and SuperDuper, and both failed. When I tried to select a destination for the clone/copy, only my hard drive and Network were options, and TC was not visible in either.

    Is it completely reckless to install SN without making a back-up first?
     
  4. pdjudd macrumors 601

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    If your time capsule is not compatible with your system than you are out of luck unless you want to invest in a inexpensive external drive. I can tell you that I have upgraded several macs without doing a backup (yes, reckless) and they all went fine for me. However, that being said, I always do backups nowadays - but I recommend a clone type backup (that superduper offers) instead of a time machine backup for OS upgrades as a Just in case scenario.

    The choice is up to you, but if you have the means, get a separate drive and do a separate backup. The chances are low that things will go wrong - but you never know.
     

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