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jimfromgranger Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

My 500gb computer hard drive is full. However my Time Capsule has a 2 TB hard drive. Is their a way I can delete files off my hard drive and store them on the Time Capsule in a location other than the Backup folder? I need help because if I delete files from my hard drive, when my computer backs it up they will be gone. I guess what I need to know is if I can create a folder on Time Capsule to manually store files. Thanks. Jim


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  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (260,705 points)

    Yes, you can. Note that having your backups on the same drive as the original data won't help when that drive fails.

     

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  • jimfromgranger Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks.

     

    How do I set it up so their is a location that I can store files other than the backup disk?

     

    Jim

  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (260,705 points)

    When it's available for use as a backup drive, check the boxes for network drives in the General and Sidebar tabs of the Finder's preferences.

     

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  • jimfromgranger Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Ok - I really appreciate your help but dont completely understand. Can you give me some more details about how I can create a folder so I can store files that wont be lost when Time Capsule backs up? Thanks.

  • LaPastenague Level 8 Level 8 (40,035 points)

    The best way is to create a disk image. Full instructions here.

     

    http://pondini.org/TM/TCQ3.html

     

    But you can create a folder directly through finder.. mount the data root file.. and create a new directory.. the disk image is better method.. TC as network drive will not allow partitioning so that is the best alternative.

  • jsmnkcmo Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Niel,

     

    Forgive me, I am a total novice with my new to me iMac:

    Niel wrote:

     

    When it's available for use as a backup drive, check the boxes for network drives in the General and Sidebar tabs of the Finder's preferences.

     

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    In particular, "When it's available for use as a backup drive..." does this mean you have to enable Time Machine?  When I used your above walk-through, it mounted the drive for my iMac.  Did I miss something?

     

    I am trying to use my new 2TB Time Capsule simply as network storage for my media (i.e. Movies-in order to save space on my desktop).  Plus, any walk throughs you could 'spell-out' or direct me to would be greatly appreciated.

     

    Currently, I have Time Machine turned off and created the folder under Time Capsule>Data>MyMovies.  So far it is copying the movies; however, with an hour left, will I be able to share this folder on the network?  Is there anything that will cause this data to be erased short of me deleting the files from this location (such as background 'jobs' the Time Capsule may run in this folder)?

     

    Also, does iTunes automatically copy media into an iTunes folder when I import into the iTunes Library from another folder?  I ask, because I have an iMac with a 500 GB HDD, and the movie files aren't that big (2-3 GB's) and I am down to 60 GB left on my HDD.

     

    Sincerely,

    ~

    Joshua

     

    P.S.  I am digitizing my old VHS home movies and DVD's (that I own) and have deleted the folders containing the .VOB files and emptied the trash.  I have a 1st gen Apple TV that I want to sync them with, but keep the original files accessable to any computer on the network via the Time Capsule.  Does this make sense, or am I dreaming too big?

  • jsmnkcmo Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    LaPastenague,

     

    What will happen if you just create a folder inside Time Capsule>Data>MyMovies (without enabling Time Machine)?  Can you still mount it as an external drive without having to partition it?

     

    Sincerely,

    ~

    Joshua

     

    ***UPDATE:  I will give the link you provided a try, because, I think that might be what I am looking for!  THANK YOU!  I have about 20 minutes until the Movie files are copied to the above referenced folder, so I will try it when that completes!

  • jsmnkcmo Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Okay, I can figure out how to ammend my original post...but when I said "...it mounted the drive for my iMac..." I meant it just showed my iMac's HDD and not the one for the Time Capsule.

  • LaPastenague Level 8 Level 8 (40,035 points)

    Sorry you need to give a bit more info..

     

    If the hdd for the TC is not showing then you are probably using Lion.. which has fundamental network disorder.. FND..

     

    Reboot the TC and often things magically appear again for a short time at least.

     

    Using a TC as a storage location.. is not wise. They are not very solid and can die suddenly and without warning especially a Gen1.

     

    If you must use it, at least backup your hard work to usb drive. Never trust one hard disk.. no matter where it is, no matter how wonderful the claims made about it.

  • AIO Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Amen to that LaPastenague

     

    Do not use as a Storage Device!!!!

  • jsmnkcmo Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    LaPastenague (and AIO)

     

    I am running Snow Leopard 10.6.8 (because last time I checked -- and it has been a while -- a software application I am using does not support Lion) and the TC is 4th generation, 2TB, Firmware Version 7.6.1. 

     

    My original thought was to eliminate some clutter on my physical desktop and my home office by reducing the amount of media I have lying around and number of attachments to my iMac (without having to install a new HDD --internal or external-- on the iMac).  Your post and the one below it concerns me about the reliability of the TC.  Are TC’s really that unreliable?  If the HDD in the TC fails, can the HDD be replaced?  Do I need to ghost the HDD on the TC incase it crashes?

     

    Which would you recommend: upgrading the HDD on the iMac or just get an external HDD and hide it the best I can?

     

    Also, some how I got the “Data” folder (from Time Capsule>Data) to show in the Finder pane; however, after the firmware update from 7.6 to 7.6.1 TC (or I) renamed the “Data” folder/partition to “Joshua’s Time Caps” (Time Capsule>Joshua’s Time Caps).   Do you know how I can get rid of “grayed-out” “Data” in the Finder pane?

     

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    Sorry, I have had my iMac less than a year...but at least I finally got one   I have a feeling I am going about this the wrong way!

     

    Thanks in advance!

     

    Sincerely,

    ~

    Joshua

     

    P.S. How to I give you stars for helping?

  • LaPastenague Level 8 Level 8 (40,035 points)

    jsmnkcmo wrote:

     

    LaPastenague (and AIO)

     

    I am running Snow Leopard 10.6.8 (because last time I checked -- and it has been a while -- a software application I am using does not support Lion) and the TC is 4th generation, 2TB, Firmware Version 7.6.1. 

    Change the TC back to 7.5.2 it has far less issues than later firmware.

     

     

    My original thought was to eliminate some clutter on my physical desktop and my home office by reducing the amount of media I have lying around and number of attachments to my iMac (without having to install a new HDD --internal or external-- on the iMac).  Your post and the one below it concerns me about the reliability of the TC.  Are TC’s really that unreliable?  If the HDD in the TC fails, can the HDD be replaced?  Do I need to ghost the HDD on the TC incase it crashes?

    TC is designed as a wireless network backup for laptops.. more than anything that was the principle concern as people do not connect hard disk to a laptop and back them up.. so including it in the router was to help wireless users.. more than anyone or anything else. All devices die at some point.. if that is the only place your data is stored one day you will lose it.. bank on it.. now it is not likely to be tomorrow.. and it might not fail for 3years.. but you can easily corrupt it.. itunes and iphoto libraries should not be on network disks.. they can be on a media centre as a shared disk but really the TC is a device that is without backup.. if you corrupted it today .. when was the last time you backed it up.

     

    The TC is a sealed unit.. You can open it and replace the disk.. Apple will deny warranty. If it breaks and you lose all your data in warranty.. apple will say or data or the TC .. take your pick. They will not help recover data.. they will offer a replacement at the cost of your original one. Thus ending its usefulness as a backup.. but you note if it was a backup then all the data is on disks elsewhere.

     

    That is what Apple intends.. it is a backup not a file store.

     

     

     

    Which would you recommend: upgrading the HDD on the iMac or just get an external HDD and hide it the best I can?

     

    Whatever works for you. I think you can replace the DVD with a drive holder.. ?? I am not sure.. disk are hard to replace and expensive in iMac.. so hanging an external makes better sense. It can be a few feet/meters away.. Neatness.. is overrated.

     

    I cannot see your screenshot and I don't know why it is greyed out.. Reset the TC and please don't use names with spaces or apostrophe in them..

  • AIO Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    jsmnkcmo:

     

    Listen to LaPastenague. 

     

    My personal recomendation is not to trust the "easy / out of the box" solution (Now that it has failed me and costed a fortune).  LaPastenague seems to have great knowledge, in this area, and I agree completely with his/her input.

     

    You should not need a backup for your backup but breaking your storage needs into various hardware is great idea.  "Why replace 3 things when only one goes bad?"  If you read our other thread LaPastenague gave some good options, (could be complex to some - for setup) that is still the best option.  Cost is about the same and setup a bit more tedious but far more reliable!

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/message/18063039#18063039

     

    Good luck

     

    p.s. - Welcome to Apple and stick with it.  Most of it is Great!

  • Sixto783 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Can you expliain why TC should not be used as a storage device. I have backup service through Rackspace/Jungle Disk and I am happy with the speed for accessing files stored on the TC for editing, but I am interested to better understand your aprehension. Is there something I am missing?

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