Time Machine target

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Trahearne, Jan 7, 2015.

  1. Trahearne macrumors 6502

    Oct 6, 2014
    Gonna look for a Time Machine setup for my MacBook Pro. I don't frequently take my MacBook out so wired connection of a USB HDD is not a huge issue, though it is a bit clumsy to plug and unplug three wires every time. Moreover, my router works flawlessly in both speed and coverage, so the networking function of Time Capsule would add less to no value to my current use. Is there still a point to buy Time Capsule after all, and if so, is using Time Machine on Time Capsule reliable over wireless network?
  2. mvmanolov macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2013
    Wifi TM is very reliable, (initial backup should be wired as it takes a while) but if you already have a router that you are happy with.... it doesn't really make sense for you to buy a TC.
  3. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    Time machine can target any wifi connected NAS, western digital do some cheap ones.

    Amazon have them in 2-4 TB sizes.

  4. Trahearne, Jan 7, 2015
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2015

    Trahearne thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 6, 2014
    Time Machine officially supports only internal HDD, directly attached ext. HDD and Time Capsule, doesn't it? I mean if I use these options, I see no difference from putting a sparse bundle on my Windows server, while both seem having quite a lot of issues per my quick skim through the net.


    I am happy with it absolutely. Though a TC can enable the ac Wifi for two of my devices, it is not something really necessary (needs vs desire, ugh) as I can improve my network by enabling 5GHz (it is 802.11/n though) and repositioning my router. I foresee no stress in my wireless network either, as I won't stream like Blu-ray contents over the network... So weighting ac over a couple hundred of bucks in my case sounds a bit... wasted.
  5. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    It now supports NAS

    See western digitals own advice

  6. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    I use WD MyCloud with Time Machine via Ethernet, and it works great.
  7. tdhurst macrumors 601


    Dec 27, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    Time Machine

    I back up my MBP to an external hard drive, connected to my Mac Mini, over WiFi.

    I don't have it turned on, but it's a weekly process for me.

    Works great.
  8. Pharmscott macrumors 6502a


    Dec 13, 2011
    Sacramento, CA
    Do you know that there are plenty of USB external HDD that only require the USB cable to connect? They draw power over the USB so there is no clumsy mess of wires. I have a Seagate Slim and use Time Machine: easy, fast, and works great.

  9. Trahearne thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 6, 2014
    I know and that's why I say wired connection is not a no-go. Though I prefer those with standalone power, as still it is one wire to the Mac. Thanks anyway.

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