8 Replies Latest reply: Jan 23, 2013 2:36 AM by LaPastenague
Schrodini Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I would like to use my time capsule for file storage as well as automatically backing up my mac using time machine.  I had my time capsule & time machine set up and it was backing up just fine.  I dragged some files over to the time capsule manually through finder and I began to get error messages saying time machine could not back up my mac because it was already in use.


Time Capsule 802.11n (4th Gen)
  • 1. Re: use time capsule for storage as well as time machine
    Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (226,745 points)

    Don't do that. It's a big mistake to mix storage needs with backup needs. Leave the Time Capsule for backup and buy another drive for your storage needs.

  • 2. Re: use time capsule for storage as well as time machine
    LaPastenague Level 8 Level 8 (35,375 points)

    Simply reboot the TC to get access..

     

    But did you drag the files inside the sparsebundle.. that would be very bad.

     

    Any files dragged to TC and deleted on the computer will have no backup and no possiblity of backup by time machine. Things die.. then what happens to the files.

     

    Just answered that question.

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4734078?tstart=0

     

    People should learn the TC has limitations.. it is a sealed unit and when things go wrong Apple doesn't help.

  • 3. Re: use time capsule for storage as well as time machine
    zverko Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Hi,

     

    I have bought my 2TB TS yesterday and did full backup of my imac and macbook air. But, i also wanted to transfer some movies, so I wanted to do it manualy. And, I went fo finder and accidentaly transfered that movies in folder called something like "timecapsule backuping" instead of "name timecapsule". When transfer was finished, i couldnt see those movies (folder) because (now i know) that folder "timecapsule backuping" shows only when TS is backuping. So, i then started backup, that folder opened again, and then i could see movies folders, which i transfered back to my computer.

     

    That didnt mess up my TS ?

  • 4. Re: use time capsule for storage as well as time machine
    LaPastenague Level 8 Level 8 (35,375 points)

    Yes, it messed up the backup.. you will need to erase the TC and start over..

     

    You must setup the TC properly if you want to mix data with it.

     

    See Q3 here. http://pondini.org/TM/Time_Capsule.html

     

    It is better to use a USB drive on your computer and then TM can back it up.. once it is on the TC ,, you have no way to backup the files you copied automatically without buying a 3rd party software.

  • 5. Re: use time capsule for storage as well as time machine
    zverko Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    But i didnt get any error message? Will i be able to access that folder again and manualy erase it?

     

    Or if i want to start over, i will have to format TC disk?

  • 6. Re: use time capsule for storage as well as time machine
    LaPastenague Level 8 Level 8 (35,375 points)

    You need to erase the disk via the airport utility.

     

    You cannot delete files inside the sparsebundle that is owned by TM. For whatever reason you can copy them there.. just not out again.

     

    Of course if you already deleted the files on the computer don't do it.. you will have to find someway out of the situation.. but assuming you still have all the files on the computer.. start afresh.. create a disk image for your files.. but as Kappy stated.. this is still not the best.. the TC is not that reliable and you MUST figure out a way to backup those files.

  • 7. Re: use time capsule for storage as well as time machine
    zverko Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    I think i was not very concise. Let me say again: I have transfered fodler "movies" into (finder, left side) folder called "time capsule is backuping" which shows only during backup. And after it disapears. So, i started backuping again, that folder appeared again, I erased "movies" there, and then transfered to real adress (left side, timecapsule folder > data > new folder". I think i didnt messed up nothing. But just wanted to be sure

  • 8. Re: use time capsule for storage as well as time machine
    LaPastenague Level 8 Level 8 (35,375 points)

    Ok.. no idea what you have done really.. you would have to look inside the sparsebundle and see..

     

    If it works and about the amount of the TC is consumed as you would expect ..

     

    And you can access the files,, move,, copy and delete them.. all is good.