Wireless external drive advice needed

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  1. cyrano02, Dec 10, 2011
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2011

    cyrano02 macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2011
    We have been enjoying the transition from PC to Mac with our MBP.

    Sadly the 320Gb drive has now reached capacity. I think in the main it is the hub where 5 users libraries for iTunes sits, so they take up quite a bit of space.

    We have a BT home hub 3.0 through our internet.

    So we have reached the stage of needing an external drive. However it has to be wireless as the MBP has no permanent location ....following the user.

    Would a Time Capsule fit the bill ? Or would a cheaper option be to get an external drive and network it through the BT home hub so that we have a wireless drive to load up the iTunes libraries ?

    Any advice on setups which work would be appreciated?
  2. mick5 macrumors newbie

    Dec 4, 2011
    I had same problems i bought Time capsule 1Tb now i Play all my music,movies and iphoto from time capsule i only used it for backup not for time machine.
    you can used for backup and as time machine,Iam so happy with it.
  3. cyrano02 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2011
    Thanks for the response.
    When you say backup do you mean that the Time Capsule holds your files so you can play music, films etc ? Or do you still have to keep original files on the MBP?
    What is time machine ?
  4. cyrano02, Dec 11, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 11, 2011

    cyrano02 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2011
    Wireless external drive advice needed

    The added difficulty is I have a external drive that houses all our photographs but was used by Windows PC. I can only read these as the drive is in windows format. For obvious reasons I cannot format this drive until the photos find another home :)
  5. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010


    Overview of the four major file systems (called "Formats" in Mac OS X) used on Windows and Mac OS X, compiled by GGJstudios. You can use Disk Utility to format any HDD to your liking.
    FAT32 (File Allocation Table)
    • Read/Write FAT32 from both native Windows and native Mac OS X.
    • Maximum file size: 4GB.
    • Maximum volume size: 2TB
    NTFS (Windows NT File System)
    • Read/Write NTFS from native Windows.
    • Read only NTFS from native Mac OS X
      [*]To Read/Write/Format NTFS from Mac OS X: Install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (free)
    • Some have reported problems using Tuxera (approx 33USD).
    • Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard, but is not advisable, due to instability.
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support NTFS
    • Maximum file size: 16 TB
    • Maximum volume size: 256TB
    HFS+ (Hierarchical File System, a.k.a. Mac OS Extended)
    • Read/Write HFS+ from native Mac OS X
    • Required for Time Machine or Carbon Copy Cloner backups of Mac internal hard drive.
    • To Read/Write HFS+ from Windows, Install MacDrive
    • To Read HFS+ (but not Write) from Windows, Install HFSExplorer
    • Maximum file size: 8EiB
    • Maximum volume size: 8EiB
    exFAT (FAT64)
    • Supported in Mac OS X only in 10.6.5 or later.
    • Not all Windows versions support exFAT. See disadvantages.
    • exFAT (Extended File Allocation Table)
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support exFAT
    • Maximum file size: 16 EiB
    • Maximum volume size: 64 ZiB
  6. mick5 macrumors newbie

    Dec 4, 2011
    No i replace my Macbook Pro drive with 128GB ssd and my music photos and movies are on time capsule i play from there just hold alt key and click itunes or iphoto on your macbook and select library then select you time capsule it will play from there.

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