Time capsule or not?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Touchy, Oct 8, 2008.

  1. Touchy macrumors regular

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    I wonder how many are using the automatic time capsule backup system vs manually doing it with "generic" external hard drive? What are the pros and cons of each? I am thinking primarily for the iMac but wouldn't have to be I guess. Hoping for some input on this.
     
  2. Glennsune macrumors newbie

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    I have choosed to manually backup med iphoto, itunes and other libraries on a external HD. I do this regulary, maybe once or twice a week, depending how much I know that has been changed. Not sure why, I guess i'm doing it because I always done it this way.

    I would also like to hear from someone using Time Capsule, and give us som pro and cons.
     
  3. Batt macrumors 65816

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    I have a Time Capsule at home doing automatic wireless backups using Time Machine and a Seagate FW drive at work doing automatic wired backups using Time Machine. Works great either way and I don't have to think about it.
     
  4. woolyback macrumors regular

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    I used to do the manual back-up (MacBook) then bought a time capsule last month.

    To be honest, I almost bought an airport express to hang my USB hard drives off (iTunes and Time Machine) via a hub as I really wanted to be able to have my iTunes library available without having the hard-drive plugged into the laptop permanently.

    The built-in wireless time machine functionality is really an added bonus, but one I'm happy with :D
     
  5. erat macrumors newbie

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    Has anybody tried to do a full system restore using time capsule? If so, how well does it work? Thanks!
     
  6. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

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    I love my Time Capsule. It's a bit slower during backups but once it's setup, you forget about it.

    For me the added plus was the built in AirPort Extreme. I set the Time Capsule in bridge mode so I have two networks running in my house. One at 2.4 GHZ for "legacy" stuff and 5 GHZ for all Apple stuff (Macbook, AppleTV, etc). The 5 GHZ network runs much faster with less interference.
     
  7. Batt macrumors 65816

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    Did it. Proverbial piece of cake. Somewhere in the neighborhood of two hours to full restore.
     
  8. djc6 macrumors 6502

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    I recently had my machine replaced, and it was incredibly easy to restore from the time capsule via the leopard install disc onto the new computer. I was pleasantly surprised.

    It took about 6 hours to restore 130GB of stuff. I started it before work and came home to a working computer!
     
  9. emptyCup macrumors 65816

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    Using something like SuperDuper's Smart Backup produces a quicker backup and restore. However, it is best for catastrophic failures where you want to restore your whole drive.

    Because Time Machine keeps multiple copies over time, it is much better for cases where you accidentally made erasures or changes you want to restore. After the first (slow) backup, TM backups don't generally interfere with working at the same time. It has saved me many times.

    If your backup drive is big enough, partition it and do both.
     
  10. Luap macrumors 65816

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    I use an Airport Extreme for Time Machine backups for 3 Macs, including the contents of 1 macs external hd. It couldn't be easier really. I recently bought a Western Digital 1TB USB MyBook drive at a bargain price. So its ideal for backup purposes. Its not a 'Time Capsule' but it appears to work just as well, and in the same way.

    Did you mean Airport Extreme? The USB socket on the Express is for printers only. HD's wont work on an express unfortunately.
     
  11. erat macrumors newbie

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    Next silly question...

    Using Time Capsule + Time Machine, can I restore individual emails if I'm using Mac Mail?
     
  12. pit29 macrumors 6502a

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    I recommend using both TimeMachine and SuperDuper. Great advantage of SuperDuper is that you have a bootable backup. And if it is on a separate firewire harddrive, you can plug it into any other Mac, boot from it, and it is your own system...

    ps., just bought TimeCapsule today.
     
  13. djc6 macrumors 6502

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    Is anyone backing up VMware / Parallels VMs via Time Capsule? Is that a very quick way to fill up the drive on the TC?

    David
     
  14. Samarium macrumors 6502a

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    The one reason why I :apple: Time Machine is because you can recover your complete user back on a new Mac without any hassle at all.
     
  15. Luap macrumors 65816

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    I have a separate BootCamp partition on one of my Macs for Windows. I also use Parallels, which operates off the same bootcamp partition. However, Time Machine won't back it up for whatever reason. Im thinking because the partition is a different format.. There isn't anything important on it though, so I don't mind really.

    Wait a minute, what???
     
  16. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

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    Basically yes. Just navigate back to the day when you last saw the e-mail. Highlight it and click "Restore".
     

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