time capsule

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  1. ycwee37 macrumors member

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    what is the "time capsule" for ? does it act like the hardisc ? :confused:
     
  2. iHeartapple2 macrumors 6502

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    It's basically a external hard drive that backs up your computer automatically. You just set it and forget it and it takes care of the rest.
     
  3. OllyW Moderator

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    It's also a Wi-Fi router, it's an AirPort Extreme with a built in hard drive.

    You can read about the hard drive features here and the wireless router here.
     
  4. DannyBres macrumors 65816

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    it is an airport extreme (Dual Band 802.11n wireless router with a 4 port switch and a USB socket for HDDs and printers) with a harddrive inside for use as NAS and as a time machine drive
     
  5. mjsmke macrumors 6502a

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    You can use any internal/external drive. It backs up all your data including your operating system and preferences. You can enter time machine at any time and bring back files you have deleted. The bigger the backup drive... the further back in time you can go.

    I set mine to back up my system drive (OSX + Apps) and my working drive. All finished work is backed up off site.

    I use to back up files individually but now i just plug in my external drive (2TB FW800) and let it back up every hour. It doesn't duplicated everything every hour, just the changes.
     
  6. OllyW Moderator

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    The OP is asking about "Time Capsule" not "Time Machine".
     
  7. ycwee37 thread starter macrumors member

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    so is it better if i only select the 256GB SSD without the 2TB ATA when i customize the iMac and buy a 2TB Time Capsule separately ? :apple:
    or just select the 2TB ATA + 256GB SSD and forget about the Time Capsule ?
     
  8. DannyBres macrumors 65816

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    Hmm..... I'd say you NEED a backup, but capsules have some reliability issues and when introduced by jobs were aimed at the notebook users....

    I'm not sure but I think accessign the TC will be slower than accessing a local 2TB HDD, so that is another problem...

    If I were you id get a 256+2TB and an external FW800 drive for ur TM backup!
     
  9. ycwee37 thread starter macrumors member

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    and what is a FW800 drive ???
    (sorry for not knowing..) :(
     
  10. DannyBres macrumors 65816

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    an external hard drive with a FireWire 800 interface
     
  11. OllyW Moderator

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    FireWire 800.

    Do you need a router? Have you got more than one computer in your home?

    A Time Capsule might be overkill if you only want an external hard drive. A USB or FireWire external drive might meet your needs and will be a lot cheaper.
     
  12. ycwee37 thread starter macrumors member

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    it's way more cheaper than the Time Capsule ?


    i'm currently owning 2 laptops ( one for private and one for uni stuff ) , and if i were to buy the iMac, it would make 3..:apple:
     
  13. OllyW Moderator

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    A FW800 drive will cost less than half the price of a Time Capsule.


    You could benefit from using a Time Capsule. Have a look at the links I posted above and this one describing setting it up. You can also plug a printer into the Time Capsule and share that with your 3 computers.

    If you live near to an Apple Store, it might be worth booking a Personal Shopping appointment when you buy your iMac. They can explain and demonstrate the features of the Time Capsule and even help you with the set up.
     
  14. ycwee37 thread starter macrumors member

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    and that's a lot!! :eek:

    arggg..i still can't decide what to do..256GB SSD + Time Capsule or 2TB ATA + 256GB SSD..i will broke if i order the 2TB ATA + 256GB SSD + Time Capsule..LOL
     
  15. DannyBres macrumors 65816

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    go 2tb & 256

    you can save for a TC and have get the setup u desire without every cracking open ur iMac!
     
  16. Nihilvor macrumors member

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    To OllyW:

    You get mad props for the orgone accumulator tag.

    W.R.
     
  17. citizenal macrumors regular

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    Just get a firewire hd, timecapsule takes hours to back up my data, I set it up right before I go to sleep and it's done by the time I wake up. Not sure exactly when it's done, but I tend to have alot of new media on every week.
     

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