Time capsule or other hard drive

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Mac'nCheese, Feb 13, 2010.

  1. Mac'nCheese macrumors 68030

    Mac'nCheese

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    I will be buying a new imac soon. I currently have the old fashioned, round airport which works fine. I'll need a new back up hard drive to do backups. Question: do people recommend the expensive time capsule for backups and for faster internet? Or is my old airport just fine and I should buy a cheaper hard drive for backups?
     
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4

    flopticalcube

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    You won't get faster internet as you are probably limited by the speed of your provider. The Time Capsule is not without issues, particularly heat-related. I would just by a USB external for your iMac.
     
  3. RaceTripper macrumors 68030

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    I use a Time Capsule, but only because we use laptops. It's really pretty slow and can be very frustrating if you need to deal with full backup or restores (like I am now after having my internal hard drive replaced). If I had desktop Macs instead I would using directly attached hard drives. I also do SuperDuper backups to two rotating portable drives for offsite backup.
     
  4. flynz4 macrumors 68040

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    I also use a TC (2TB) for our Macs. I am backing up a 2TB i7 iMac, 15" MBP, and a MBA. It is working for us now (about 1TB used)... but would be a problem if I really filled up the 2TB iMac.

    The iMac is wired (1Gb ethernet), and the two laptops are connected via wireless. I made the initial backups using a wired connection to the laptops, and the incremental backups have been using wireless. Doing this, the speed has not been a problem.

    /Jim
     

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