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HT2421 can I use my Time Capsule USB to connect to my macBook directly?

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I was told at the store I would be able to. but I bought a USB cable and it's not able to see the time capsule drive. The idea is to be able to access my work files remotely around the house or through USB or cable when I'm working on big heavy files. Is this possible?

 

I have connected though ethernet but that's slow and unstable. when I transfer large 100GB files it chokes up.

 

what to do?

thanks fo your help!

time capsule, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • LaPastenague Level 7 Level 7 (32,660 points)

    The store.. are salesmen.. their job is to sell.. not tell the truth.. if you ask a question to which you expect the answer yes.. guess what answer they give.

     

    It is not possible to connect a TC to Mac via USB.. it is not an external drive.. it is a network drive. You must use wireless or ethernet.

     

    I have connected though ethernet but that's slow and unstable. when I transfer large 100GB files it chokes up.

     

    what to do?

    thanks fo your help!

    Gigabit ethernet is 2x the speed of USB 2.0 so there is something very wrong with your network.. remove any old fast ethernet so everything is gigabit.

  • LaPastenague Level 7 Level 7 (32,660 points)

    Are you actually on Snow Leopard as your profile indicates?

    USB and ethernet stability should be the same.. but Lion and Mountain Lion have networking ability of wet string.

     

    Unfortunately your TC being a new one cannot go back to 7.5.2 firmware which is also better.

     

    Open activity monitor from utilities to see your actual network speeds.

     

    Plug the TC directly into the computer.. transfer a file ( a very large one so you are not measuring file table write speeds).. and see what you get. You should easily manage what I suggested.. 50MBytes/sec although it will depend if the computer is old then the hard disk in the computer could be limitation.

  • LaPastenague Level 7 Level 7 (32,660 points)

    the wet string is sarcasm meaing it's bad right. 

     

     

    Yes.. wet string being slightly better than dry string which has no conductivity at all.

     

     

    so your suggestion would be to not upgrade?

     

    I have a 2008 macBook aluminum

     

    ok will do that!! thanks again

    appreciate it

    You can upgrade.. but be ready to downgrade again.. ie take a disk image.. not a TM backup.. a disk image using superduper can restore a working laptop in an hour or two.. exactly as it was. TM is great for incremental backup but it is rather messy for full restore.

     

    Try it and see.. the long established engineering method.. experiment, try it out.. you will learn 200% more that way.

  • LaPastenague Level 7 Level 7 (32,660 points)

    Are you directly connected by ethernet.. with wireless turned off?

     

    Copy a very large file .. just one to the TC and see what speed you get.

     

    If you have really slow performance then sorry but something is wrong.. and locating where is difficult.

     

    Plug in a USB and test with that.. you MUST compare.. so you can locate the issue.

     

    If it is really slow with USB just like ethernet then the hdd is on the way out.. or corrupted.

     

    Use disk utility to check the hard disk.

     

    If USB is fast.. then just do a TM backup to the USB drive.. do your update and fix it after.

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