Time Machine vs Time Capsule?

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  1. DougY macrumors 6502

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    Please excuse my ignorance, but what is the difference between Time Machine and Time Capsule? I currently use Time Machine on my iMac. Thanks.
     
  2. musty345 macrumors regular

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    To my knowledge, Time Machine is Apple's software that allows you to perform backups onto any external hard drive.

    Time Capsule is Apple's piece of hardware that is basically a wireless hard drive that backs up all of your data.

    There's some more information here http://pondini.org/TM/Time_Capsule.html
     
  3. CWallace macrumors 603

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    Time Machine is an Apple OS X application designed to backup a Mac to a HDD on a regular basis.

    Time Capsule is an AirPort Extreme with an internal HDD that is designed to be used for Time Machine backups.

    I have a Time Capsule, which replaced my Airport Extreme and a WD external HDD connected via FW.

    Another benefit of Time Capsule is it allows you to backup multiple Macs via WiFi (though this is not unique to TC) - I backup my iMac 27" and Macbook Air to my TC.
     
  4. DougY thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks to you both!

    Thanks to you both for the good info. Ive been using Time Machine since I bought my first iMac several years ago. Last week I had a need to restore my computer to an earlier date, and all I got was error messages. Who knows...some kinda glitch. Anyway, I formatted the WD External that Im using for the Time Machine, and resumed backing up after the format was complete. However, I see frequent postings here about Time Capsule as well, and was curious about the differences between them. Again, thanks for the help.
     

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