3 Replies Latest reply: Apr 26, 2012 1:16 PM by LaPastenague
Kenneth Cameron Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

If I am using a Time Capsule with a new Mac Book Pro but I also own 2 other computers that I want to empty onto the time capsule to back up all of the files on those 2 older computers, can I do this?  If so, how?  Thanks!

  • LaPastenague Level 8 Level 8 (43,160 points)

    PC can access TC .. just load airport utilities on to the laptops.. that makes it easier to locate the TC.


    Set the disk sharing area, workgroup correctly.. usually WORKGROUP..


    Turn on the guest account.. read and write access also makes life easier.


    Also windows can have a hard time with typical TC name.. like fred's time capsule.. that is illegal name in SMB.. change to simple short name.. no spaces pure alphanumeric.. same with wireless names (SSID to normal humanity).


    Note the second question.. should you??


    Mixing data and TM backups is not wise in the long run.. TM will mess up if it cannot access the disk.


    Read Q3 here. http://pondini.org/TM/Time_Capsule.html


    Also go back to top menu and read the FAQ.. TM is much more complex than you think and TC is primarily a TM target .. anything else you do.. remember one day the TC will die. it has no way to back itself up. and all your files will go with it..


    I repair them and I am sitting here tonight with a dead 1TB .. had lots of data poor lady off loaded from her laptop.. and now it is all gone.

  • Kenneth Cameron Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Thanks - so, if you're suggesting I shouldn't use my TC as an external hard drive to back up old photos and files, etc., do you have any advice as to how I can efficiently and effectively back up those types of files?



  • LaPastenague Level 8 Level 8 (43,160 points)

    Buy a proper NAS.. it has the ability to automagically back itself up and mirror raid a pair of drives.


    Or in a network put extra drives in desktop computers if you have them and use it as a server.. it amounts to the same thing.