2 Replies Latest reply: Mar 27, 2009 11:46 AM by tabryars
Paretola Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I know there's been a few variations on this question but I can't seem to find the answer that relates to me so probably being dumb but help would be greatly appreciated.

I bought a 500gb Time Capsule yesterday and finally got it set up through AirPort Utility. I think I've done it right-there's a green light and it's going through the motions of backing up although VERY slowly. It's taken 10 hours to back up 20GB. I've used Time Machine before with an external Seagate drive so I know how to access/check those back ups.

I have a dish on the side of my house (on side of a mountain!) that brings the internet signal into a wireless router and then my MacBook accesses through that WIFI network. I plugged the ethernet cable from one of the standard ports out the back of the router into the WAN port on the Time Capsule as part of the setup and that seems to be right in that I can see the TC and surf the net.

So, now I just want to see the Time capsule as a normal external drive on my desktop and move other files to it so they can come off my Macbook completely but the only way icon I can see if the white one that says 'Backup of...' I've copied stuff onto this but I suspect that was the wrong thing to do.

Finally, I only want to TM to use the TC up to a certain max storage so I always have space free on it but can't find settings to allow me to do that.

I'd be really grateful if someone could tell me how to set this up properly!

Macbook, Mac OS X (10.5.5), Intel Core 2 Duo
  • 1. Re: Want to use Time Capsule as a back up AND external storage device-help!
    VA2020 Level 4 Level 4 (3,450 points)
    Paretola wrote:

    So, now I just want to see the Time capsule as a normal external drive on my desktop and move other files to it so they can come off my Macbook completely but the only way icon I can see if the white one that says 'Backup of...' I've copied stuff onto this but I suspect that was the wrong thing to do.


    No. Don't transfer anything into the Back of... sparsebundle. That is your Time Machine backup.

    Under Finder -> Shared -> Time Capsule -> Time Capsule Disk. This is where you can create a new folder to store your files. If you want to see this on your Desktop, via Finder, click Preferences. Under General, make sure +Connected servers+ is ticked.


    Finally, I only want to TM to use the TC up to a certain max storage so I always have space free on it but can't find settings to allow me to do that.


    Since the TC HDD isn't partitionable, you can't really do that. Best thing is to get another HDD for storage as TM works best if you give it enough room to grow.
    I'd be really grateful if someone could tell me how to set this up properly!
  • 2. Re: Want to use Time Capsule as a back up AND external storage device-help!
    tabryars Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    hey, thanks that helped me out also. just to check, where i create a folder, should there be my sparsebundle aswell? and say if i transfer all my music into this new folder, will i need to delete music from my computer? or will it just move from computer to external hard-drive? thanks