Time capsule vs Iomega Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by er2020, Dec 16, 2010.

  1. er2020 macrumors newbie

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    They both have 1TB of storage... Surely there must exist some sofware to back up onto the Iomega, as does the TC, so is the price difference justified?!

    Iomega Hard Drive : $139.95
    Time capsule : $299.00
     
  2. SteinMaster macrumors 6502

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    I use the Iomega Firewire HDD with SuperDuper. Works like a charm.
     
  3. Hellhammer Moderator

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    You can use Time Machine with both. Remember that TC is NAS so it's not straightly comparable to a regular HD.
     
  4. Brian33 macrumors 6502a

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    Like HH says above, you can use Time Machine with the external Iomega drive, so no extra backup software is necessary. If you're backing up a single desktop machine (iMac or Mac Pro tower), this will probably be just fine for you. Just connect the drive to your Mac with the appropriate cable (USB or Firewire).

    The real advantages of the Time Capsule show up when you've got a portable Mac or more than one Mac.

    If you've got a portable computer you probably don't want it to be tied down to a desk by connecting it to an external drive. You'd have to remember to frequently re-connect the USB/Firewire cable whenever you brought the computer back to "home base." Relying on that isn't a good thing in a backup plan. With the Time Capsule, Time Machine would be able to back up the computer every hour whenever it's used within range of your wireless network. All automatic.

    If you have two or more Macs, Time Machine can back them all up to the same Time Capsule. You can't (reasonably) do that with a single external drive.

    So, I think a lot of the decision depends upon the type and number of computers you want to back up.

    Regards,
    Brian33
     

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