want to buy a time capsule...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by xboxmookie, Jun 14, 2009.

  1. xboxmookie macrumors newbie

    Apr 2, 2009
    I am really interested in buying a time capsule but the price is holding me back.
    1. do the time capsules at apple ever go on sale?
    2. are the refurbished time capsules dual band?
    3. does anyone know of any cheaper alternative that will work seamlessly with time machine?

  2. Phatpat macrumors 6502a


    Jun 15, 2003
    Cambridge, MA
    Another option might be an Airport Extreme plus your own external hard drive.

    It's not clear if the refurb Time Capsules are Simultaneous Dual Band. My guess is they are not. If that is an important feature, the AE + external HDD might be the best option for you.
  3. ZenWLH macrumors newbie

    Jun 5, 2009
  4. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

    Shake 'n' Bake

    Mar 2, 2009
    1. No, nothing Apple ever goes on sale, with the exception of Black Friday '08.

    3. An alternative (if you don't need a router) is to get a plain external HDD. All that is required is a reformat to HFS+, and doing that is simple. If you go this route, don't get on that is labeled with Mac compatible, because they all are after a reformat.
  5. Tomorrow macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2008
    Always a day away
    This also assumes the OP doesn't want a NAS. Another valuable feature of TC.

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