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how to save to time capsule

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smeir Calculating status...
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Mar 24, 2013 11:28 AM

I have movies on my hard drive that I would like to save to my time capsule and delete from my macbook pro to free up space.  Can anyone tell me how to move them over?

 

thanks,

MacBook Pro (13-inch Mid 2010), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3)
  • parker612 Level 4 Level 4 (1,195 points)
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    Mar 24, 2013 11:34 AM (in response to smeir)

    Are you using the Time Capsule as an External Hard Drive? If so, then you should just be able to drag and drop the files on the Time Capsule.

  • LaPastenague Level 7 Level 7 (32,590 points)
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    Mar 24, 2013 12:50 PM (in response to smeir)

    Mount the disk first so you can see it on finder.

     

    Create a new directory under data (usual disk name) for your files.

     

    Be aware this use of the TC leaves your files without backup and TM cannot backup a network drive.. it is frankly dangerous to use TC as a file store without thinking hard about how you will do backups.

  • Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (75,400 points)
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    Mar 24, 2013 1:07 PM (in response to smeir)
    I would like to save to my time capsule and delete from my macbook pro to free up space.

     

    I would suggest that you do this only for files that you can afford to lose, since the only copy that you will have will be on the Time Capsule.

     

    When....not if.....the Time Capsule drive has a problem, you will lose the files, since you have no backups.

     

    A better....and much safer plan....might be to add an external hard drive to the Mac and move the movies there. Then, Time Machine will back up both your Mac and the external hard drive.  This way, you have backups of everything.

     

    Your decision, though.

  • Denice0486 Calculating status...
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    May 8, 2013 5:49 AM (in response to parker612)

    I'm trying to save my files to both an external hard drive and on my TC, but I dont' know exactly how to go about it. Should I have my hard drive in my laptop or TC? Any help would e greatly appreciated!

  • LaPastenague Level 7 Level 7 (32,590 points)
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    May 8, 2013 1:59 PM (in response to Denice0486)

    Denice0486 wrote:

     

    I'm trying to save my files to both an external hard drive and on my TC, but I dont' know exactly how to go about it. Should I have my hard drive in my laptop or TC? Any help would e greatly appreciated!

    Do you use Time Machine now?

     

    If so it is better at least from point of view of sofware like Time Machine, to have the external drive plugged into the computer.. then TM can back it up.. If you plug the drive into the TC, TM cannot read it.

     

    It is also extremely slow.. Network drive in the TC is reasonably fast.. but any drive you hang off the USB on the TC is slower than the same drive plugged into the computer.. by about 1/2. ie signficant.. although if you use wireless to access it, then wireless is the rate determining step and you will not notice.

     

    For many people though continually plugging a drive into a laptop is a real pain. In that case you need to figure out a different backup strategy for the USB drive if you use it on the TC. ie use a third party backup software, superduper or CCC being the two most common.

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