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use time capsule as external hard drive

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Nov 23, 2012 4:04 PM

Hi, I'd like to know if can I use my time capsule as an external wi-fi hard drive, I just want to copy selected files to it, and call them when I need it, thanks!

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • LaPastenague Level 7 Level 7 (32,795 points)
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    Nov 23, 2012 5:58 PM (in response to jmonroy84)

    But how are you getting internet??

     

    If you get internet over wifi then you cannot have the TC just as external wifi drive.. it has to be plugged into the network. It is easy just bridge it and plug it into the main router.

  • LaPastenague Level 7 Level 7 (32,795 points)
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    Nov 23, 2012 8:59 PM (in response to jmonroy84)

    Sure.. that is fine..

     

    The TC is not fast, and has no backup.. therefore it is rather dangerous putting important files on it. Unless you backed them up to somewhere else.

     

    An external drive is cheaper and faster. TM can backup external drive to TC.. it cannot backup any network drive including the TC.

  • LaPastenague Level 7 Level 7 (32,795 points)
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    Nov 24, 2012 12:41 PM (in response to jmonroy84)

    Actually no.. that is worse.. much worse as the USB on AEBS or TC is half the speed of the same disk on the computer.. so if you find the TC slow.. this is molasses in winter.

     

    Plug it into your computer.. share it from there. There is no need to use a router to share disks.. computers do it 10x better. The router is there to create the network.. but it is a poor device to use for central file location. Routers IMHO should be kept as routers.. File storage on the other hand.. if you need central file store.. either do it properly with a server version OS. or if the network is too small a proper NAS.. which will have raid to prevent disk failure wiping out your files.. and automated backup.. so you don't lose your files.

  • Keith Doherty3 Level 4 Level 4 (1,735 points)
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    Nov 24, 2012 12:56 PM (in response to jmonroy84)

    Actually the simple answer is very much YES you can drag and drop files on and off the Time Capsule in finder as well as using it as a back up drive with Time Machine.

     

    Its perfectly suitable for home back up and the hard drive IS server grade. Should it be your only back -probably not but how much redundancy is enough.

     

    All you do is open a finder window look for shared in the side bar - you will see your Time Capsule featured.

    Click on that enter your password and the drive mounts as an external drive in finder you can now drag and drop files onto and off the drive just as any other.

     

    Don't however touch the sparsebundle (that's your back ups)

  • LaPastenague Level 7 Level 7 (32,795 points)
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    Nov 24, 2012 12:56 PM (in response to Keith Doherty3)

     

    Its perfectly suitable for home back up and the hard drive IS server grade. Should it be your only back -probably not but how much redundancy is enough.

     

     

    Have a close look at the server grade hard disk.

     

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/4577/airport-extreme-5th-gen-and-time-capsule-4th- gen-review-faster-wifi-/4

  • Keith Doherty3 Level 4 Level 4 (1,735 points)
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    Nov 24, 2012 1:21 PM (in response to LaPastenague)

    The only problem with Time Capsule is when you have to break out the hard drive and Apple haven't made that easy!

     

    Would I use it in a commercial environment no - that's for a NAS.

     

    As for transfer times we don't know what data the op wants to store/access - if its simple documents such as Word Files/Excel Spread Sheets/Family Images - Drag and Drop will be more than sufficient. Using it as swap disc for Video editing/rendering well that's a different story isn't it !

     

    The thing is I don't think you answered question correctly, rather you added to his uncertainty.

     

    Fact is what they wanted to do CAN be done.

     

    As to their back up stratergy well I think we can both agree multiple layers reduce the risk factors from total loss- How far you go is subject to your own assessments of cost/value/sensitivity and importance of your data.

     

    For most conditions two levels is probably sufficient. 1 remote copy off site and 1 no on a second harddrive or networked server.The Time Capsule does that for many home users quite adequately.

  • LaPastenague Level 7 Level 7 (32,795 points)
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    Nov 24, 2012 1:55 PM (in response to Keith Doherty3)

    OK.. I am going to do battle on this one.

     

    The OP asked..

     

    I'd like to know if can I use my time capsule as an external wi-fi hard drive, I just want to copy selected files to it, and call them when I need it, thanks!

     

    I took the JUST seriously.. he just wants to use it for external wifi hard drive.. so how does he get internet and how is the TC connected into the mixture..

     

    We cleared that up.. he then asked.

     

    My question is, can I use that "hard drive" to save some info that I use frecuently (I'm a recording studio owner and I have a lot of recording sessions) So, I'd like to save it in my time capsule and call them whenever I want

     

    Now if you were advising somebody for external storage of recording sessions.. as a studio owner.. ie this is a business and recording sessions are pretty valuable I imagine.. and pretty big.. would you in all honest recommend a Time Capsule..

     

    You already stated you would not recommend it in business and then you want to fight me because I did not recommend it.. ???

     

    He also said the files are used frecuently (sic).. and is the TC suitable for frequently used files.. each time you access the file the hard disk has to spin up.. as it is designed to spin down within a min of inactivity.. and that spin down cannot be reset.. because the TC is designed as a backup target for Time Machine not a NAS.. try it yourself.. open a file on a stopped TC and see how long it takes before the TC is ready to even respond.. and open the file. Many applications will toss up errors if they cannot open a file within a few seconds.. this will be a constant problem if directly using the files on the TC.

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