4 Replies Latest reply: Sep 24, 2009 11:37 AM by Kaleb Best
Carrie B Level 1 (0 points)
Hello,

I recently purchased a 1TB Time Capsule mainly for some extra storage. The hard drive on my PowerBook G4 is very close to full, due to my large music library and photo library. I currently have the Time Capsule set up to run Time Machine, but I would really like to use some of the space on my Time Capsule to completely transfer my photo library and/or iTunes library and free up the space on my PowerBook. I've been reading about disk imaging and setting up separate folders on the Time Capsule. Which option would be best for me? If someone would provide some instructions, it would be much appreciated! The manual that came with my Time Capsule didn't provide any guidance on this.

Also, once the files are transferred to the Time Capsule, will they still be accessible from iPhoto and iTunes on my laptop with no problems?

Many thanks!

Carrie

PowerBook G4, Mac OS X (10.5.8), Uses Time Capsule
  • William Boyd, Jr. Level 6 (10,515 points)
    Carrie B wrote:
    I recently purchased a 1TB Time Capsule mainly for some extra storage. The hard drive on my PowerBook G4 is very close to full, due to my large music library and photo library. I currently have the Time Capsule set up to run Time Machine, but I would really like to use some of the space on my Time Capsule to completely transfer my photo library and/or iTunes library and free up the space on my PowerBook. I've been reading about disk imaging and setting up separate folders on the Time Capsule. Which option would be best for me? If someone would provide some instructions, it would be much appreciated! The manual that came with my Time Capsule didn't provide any guidance on this.


    If all you do is to create folders on the Time Capsule disk, eventually Time Machine would consume all the free space on it.

    This Apple discussion thread

    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=1475654

    notes in the fourth message that you can reserve space on a Time Capsule disk by creating a disk image and copying it to the Time Capsule.

    Also, once the files are transferred to the Time Capsule, will they still be accessible from iPhoto and iTunes on my laptop with no problems?


    Yes, but you'll have to mount the disk image each time you boot your computer. You'll also have to tell iPhoto and iTunes to look in that "virtual volume" to find their libraries. That's done one time by holding down the option key when you launch them.
  • Carrie B Level 1 (0 points)
    Thank you so much, William! I've referenced the other discussions you've sent and created two new disk images on my Time Capsule, one for photos and one for music! I'm currently in the process of transferring my files to the new disk images. I really appreciate your time and help!

    Carrie
  • Bob Timmons Level 10 (98,249 points)
    Just remember that once you have transferred all of your photos and music to the TC, you won't have any backups for them unless you are making regular scheduled copies to another drive.
  • Kaleb Best Level 1 (10 points)
    Make sure you are making backups of those music and photo files!!! The power supplies of the Time Capsules are dying after 15-18 months.

    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2129872&tstart=0
    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2091667&tstart=0