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Sep 13, 2013 7:10 PM

Evening, everyone.  Thanks in advance for helping.

 

To preface, I am a complete technology moron.  So please, when answering, it's ok to answer me like I'm 10 (though most 10 year olds could probably get this and not need help).

 

I have a 2012 MBP running 10.8.4.  I don't remember what animal that is.  I just today got an Apple Time Capsule, 2TB, the one that stands up rather than is wide.  Also in my house is a Linksys 2.4 GHz router and an Ubee modem (I don't think we bought it, I think it's what came with our internet). 

 

I would like to use the TC as an external hard drive.  That's it.  I got it because in theory it should just work with my mac.  Maybe so, maybe there's a PEBCAK error.  I already tried a Seagate Wireless and it wasn't HFS+ formatted so it wouldn't do what I wanted.

 

I want to be able to just have my computer back up my files once or twice a day.  I don't want to actually be connected to the TC, and I don't want to have to go offline from the main internet to my own network to do it.  I want to store movies and documents on it and be able to watch them and surf the web at the same time.

 

If it acts as my router after that, great.  I don't care one way or another.  I have a router that works.  I just want to be able to store stuff on it without having to go offline to back up to it.

 

Any help, please?

MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4)
  • LaPastenague Level 7 Level 7 (32,730 points)
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    Sep 13, 2013 7:19 PM (in response to minicpst)

    Some of what you want to do is going to be hard.

     

    Actually installing in the network should be easy enough.

     

    Plug the WAN port of the TC by ethernet into the LAN port of the Linksys.

     

    On your MBP.. wait for the computer to pick up the new wireless signal from the TC.. click on it and airport utility will open.. the utility will then attempt to setup the TC to your network which should be in bridge.

     

    If that fails, click the TC icon in airport utility and in the summary page that comes up click edit.. change the TC to bridge mode.

     

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    You should have ipv6 turned on to local link for wifi connection for this to work.

     

    See http://support.apple.com/kb/TS4597

  • LaPastenague Level 7 Level 7 (32,730 points)
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    Sep 13, 2013 7:28 PM (in response to minicpst)

    I would like to use the TC as an external hard drive.  That's it.  I got it because in theory it should just work with my mac.  Maybe so, maybe there's a PEBCAK error.  I already tried a Seagate Wireless and it wasn't HFS+ formatted so it wouldn't do what I wanted.

     

    I want to be able to just have my computer back up my files once or twice a day.  I don't want to actually be connected to the TC, and I don't want to have to go offline from the main internet to my own network to do it.  I want to store movies and documents on it and be able to watch them and surf the web at the same time.

     

    TM is setup to backup hourly.. adjusting it is not a great idea.. but there is software available to change the period.

     

    See Q13 for backup schedule. http://pondini.org/TM/FAQ.html

     

    You must be connected to the TC all the time for this to work.. and you must have the TC connected to the internet otherwise you will always be having issues.

     

    The TC is designed as a target for TM backups.. not a file store.. it has no means of backing itself up and storing backups and data can lead to issues.

     

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

     

    If you do not have backups the files on the TC will be lost when the TC breaks.. which it will do one day. TM cannot backup TC. it is not capable of backing up network drives.

    And if you use a decent backup software like CCC where are you going to back files to??

     

    It is better to offload files to external drive and then TM can back that up the TC along with internal drive/s.

  • LaPastenague Level 7 Level 7 (32,730 points)
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    Sep 14, 2013 2:44 AM (in response to minicpst)

    I'm going to be using my TC to back up files.  So I need to back up my back up files?

     

    You stated you wanted the TC as external hard disk.. I assumed that you would place files on it.. and that those files would not be on your Mac. If you want a purely external drive the TC is the hardest way possible to achieve it.

     

     

     

    I don't care about the schedule.  I also don't use TM right now so I have no idea what it does or when.  I will, if this ever gets hooked up.

     

    If you are not using a backup software or Time Machine.. how are you backing up??

     

    You will find it difficult to do it manually.. as you will surely forget something you need.

     

     

     

    In order to get back online I put my ethernet cable back in the internet slot on the Linksys and the other end back into my modem.  So while the TC is now showing along with my other airport express (progress!), it says it's not found now that I've disconnected it.  Is there a next step?

     

    http://imgur.com/YWiAgM1

     

    Now i am kinda lost.

     

    The modem should be plugged into a router.. what modem exactly do you have?? What kind of broadband? Is the modem also a router or is that role passed to the Linksys??

     

    What model is the Linksys?

     

    Can you simply replace the Linksys with the TC.. that would be a lot easier.

     

    So while the TC is now showing along with my other airport express (progress!), it says it's not found now that I've disconnected it.  Is there a next step?


    If you disconnect the TC.. then you cannot find it.. because it is disconnected.. I must be missing something.. but that makes perfect sense. Reconnect it and then you can find it.. the TC must be bridged and it must be plugged by ethernet into the Linksys..

     

    Or you need to completely eliminate the Linksys and use the TC in its place.

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