6 Replies Latest reply: Nov 9, 2011 6:37 PM by Dedo
Dedo Level 2 (205 points)

Hope this isn't too dumb a question but ... since Time Capsule MD032LL/A has a dual function as a wireless router and as a backup, can someone tell me if it's a bootable backup?  Does it function as a wireless router and as an external hard drive?


And can it only be used with Time Machine as opposed to some other backup program like DejaVu?

iMac, 24, Mac OS X (10.6.8), iBook G4, Mac PB 6,7; iPad 3G+WiFi
  • Niel Level 10 (298,387 points)

    1. Time Machine backups are not bootable prior to being restored.

    2. Yes.



  • Dedo Level 2 (205 points)

    I'm sorry Niel ... not bootable prior to being restored.  Are you saying that it will be bootable after the first backup of the entire system?


    And yes, only with Time Machine?  :-)

  • Niel Level 10 (298,387 points)

    1. I'm saying that the backup needs to be restored to a drive before it can be used to boot a Mac.

    2. Any backup tool which is capable of backing up to network drives will work with the Time Capsule. I was answering 'Does it function as a wireless router and as an external hard drive?' above. The third question wasn't there at the time.



  • Dedo Level 2 (205 points)

    We're speaking the same language, and yet I'm still not clear on your answer.  That's not your fault but mine because I'm not well versed in the language of computers and backups.  Sorry.


    So ...  say I buy Time Capsule and back up my desktop HD to it, via Time Machine, DejaVu, or whatever else. Now ... will I be able to boot from the Time Capsule, functioning as an external HD, to e.g., repair my desktop HD?

  • Niel Level 10 (298,387 points)

    No, you won't. You need to use a Mac OS X install DVD, thumbdrive, or Lion's recovery disk to do that. The Time Machine backup is exactly that: a backup. It is not something you can use to repair your system or recover from anything other than data loss. The same is true for any other use of the Time Capsule's internal drive.



  • Dedo Level 2 (205 points)

    Thank you for your patience, Niel.  I'll keep my OWC Mercury external HD and go back and look again at the AEBS MD031LL/A or the Asus Wireless Access Point N56U.  I do prefer a bootable backup but I also want a faster and more reliable router.  I now have the AEBS A1034 and it seems to be dropping the connection more frequently.


    Do you know anything about the Asus?  Or the newer AEBS?