Time Machine on Airport Extreme problems... Time Capsule?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by jpolk, Jun 20, 2010.

  1. jpolk macrumors newbie

    Mar 28, 2003
    Hi all. Here's the deal. I have an Airport Extreme and and external 1 TB hard drive. When I first set up Time Machine on this set up a few years ago (partitioning the hard drive first) it worked great! After a few firmware "improvements" from Apple it no longer works. The computers cannot attach to the external drive via the Airport and when I force them to the Time Machine backups fail after about 15 minutes of backing up.

    I'm considering buying a 1TB Time Capsule for our main router and my wife's MacBook backup (I'll just hard wire the old drive to my iMac) and using the older Airport as a WiFi repeater.

    Problem is that I've read about all sorts of problems with the Time Capsules failing after about 18 months. So should I try the set up I'm considering or is there a fix for my current setup that I should try instead?
  2. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    Not to dredge up an old topic, but I'm thinking of getting an Airport Extreme to go along with my Lacie drive. I have plenty of storage, so Time Capsule would be overkill. I knew once upon a time it was possible to use Time Machine with an AE; is it still possible, or did Apple kill it with the latest firmware?

    And I would be backing up two Macs, my iMac and Macbook, to the same partition. That will work, right?

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