Time machine or external drive?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Dingo Dave 69, Jul 6, 2009.

  1. Dingo Dave 69 macrumors 6502

    Oct 23, 2007
    I Recently upgraded my macbook hard drive to a 500GB drive. Now I need some help when it comes to backups.

    I currently have a spare 500GB drive that I can use as a backup device. However, I want to have one backup as a Superduper clone and I want to use another drive for time machine. I was planning on buying another external drive for time machine but I have been offered a 500GB Time machine drive at a good price.

    As far as I know, my router is tied in with my internet provider so I do not think I could use the time machine capsule as a router. Is there any benefit to buying it if I am not using it as a router? Does it do anything else that a standard external drive couldn't? Also, my router is in my living room, would it be possible to have a time machine capsule in my bedroom and backup to it wirelessly?

    Any help would be appreciated guys.
  2. dacreativeguy macrumors 68020

    Jan 27, 2007
    You don't need a time capsule if you aren't using the router portion. You also don't really need a super duper backup in addition to a TM backup. All of the files are accessible in the TM directories, even if you aren't running the TM application. The only benefit of a superduper backup is that you can boot it off of another computer. But how often would you really do that?
  3. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"

    Having a bootable clone is immensely valuable
    You may not do it *often*, but when you need it you will be glad to have it

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]

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