12 Replies Latest reply: May 10, 2014 1:36 PM by Zimmer1956
Zimmer1956 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

will 2TB Apple Time Capsule able to be used as a external hard drive for Time Machine or does it have to be a NAS?

Thanks,

Don


iMac (27-inch, Late 2013), OS X Mavericks (10.9.2), two - 2TB external hard drives
  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (272,335 points)

    All Time Capsules have an internal drive and are designed for usage with Time Machine. In cases where it matters, its internal drive is considered to be network storage.

     

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  • Bob Timmons Level 10 Level 10 (88,735 points)

    Any version of the Time Capsule can be used to receive and store Time Machine backups. Within reason, you can have as many Time Capsules as you want on the network.

  • Zimmer1956 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have an older AirPort Extreme with the same footprint and thinking of getting this from a friend. Hasn't been used much and I want to set up as the TM drive and not allow any other access. Is that possible?

    Thanks,

    Don

  • Zimmer1956 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    The only network is my local Apple Network that I set up with my AirPort Extreme.

    Sorry, but I don' always understand this stuff and thanks for your patience.

    Don

  • Bob Timmons Level 10 Level 10 (88,735 points)

    Things might be a bit easier to understand if you do not use the term "external drive" when asking about a Time Capsule....because it is not an "external" drive.

     

    A Time Capsule is a NAS or Network Attached Storage device. As such, it connects to your network router.....in this case, an AirPort Extreme.

  • Zimmer1956 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    In my case , it will replace my AirPort Extreme and if a NAS, will it be accessible to others? Want to make sure that it can't be accessed from anyone else, like my AE.

    Please advise.

  • Bob Timmons Level 10 Level 10 (88,735 points)

    Other users will be able to use the wireless network that the Time Capsule provides, if they have the wireless network password.

     

    Set up a separate disk password for access to the Time Capsule hard drive. The only folks who will be able to access the Time Capsule hard drive will be the folks who have the Time Capsule disk password.

     

     

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  • Zimmer1956 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have an original AirPort Extreme and bought an older Time Capsule 2TB to use as TM backup and wireless network for my home.

    Since they AirPort Extreme is already set up as well as my Epson wireless printer, is there much more that needs to be done to exchange these?

    Thanks,

    Don

  • Bob Timmons Level 10 Level 10 (88,735 points)

    If you replace the AirPort Extreme with the Time Capsule, you will need to set up the Time Capsule to work with your network. That would likely also include setting up the printer.

  • Zimmer1956 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    The only network I have is my personal Apple network that is my AirPort Extreme . I got the TC to use as my TM backup and replace the AirPort Extreme with it.

    I don't need it to work as a NAS but I know it will. No one will have access except me.

    It will continue to be used as wireless network for our iPads and iPhones and not set for anyone else to access.

     

    As mentioned the Airport Express IS the only network I have. Sorry, but I am not real knowledgeable when it comes to networks, etc.

     

    I Bought the TC to save space, not interested in the NAS aspect, but interested in using as TM and around my home for our other Apple products.

     

    It was a good price,brand new in the box and thought it would replace the AirPort Extreme without any issues...

     

    What do you think? Is this a good process to make this change or a waste of time?

     

    All opinions and ideas welcome.

    Thanks,

    Don

  • Bob Timmons Level 10 Level 10 (88,735 points)

    Sorry, but now you have me confused.

     

    The only network I have is my personal Apple network that is my AirPort Extreme

    OK, got it. The AirPort Extreme is providing your wireless network at this time.

     

     

    As mentioned the Airport Express IS the only network I have

     

    It was mentioned in the first statement above  that your AirPort Extreme provides your network at the present time. Do you also have an AirPort Express that might be "extending" the network that the AirPort Extreme is providing?

     

     

    It was a good price,brand new in the box and thought it would replace the AirPort Extreme without any issues...

     

    The TC can replace your AirPort Extreme if you set it up to run your network as you have the AirPort Extreme. I cannot say whether setting up the TC from scratch will be an "issue" for you, but it should not be since you already know how to set up an AirPort Extreme from scratch.

     

    Since a TC is an AirPort Extreme (with a built-in hard drive), the setup of the TC would be the same that you used previously with the AirPort Extreme.

     

    If you want the performance of the AirPort Extreme with hard drive storage capacity that the Time Capsule offers....with no additional space being consumed....then it would make sense to set up the Time Capsule as your router and storage device.

     

    The downside.....If the TC goes down or has a problem, then you lose both your network router and the hard drive.

  • Zimmer1956 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have an Airport Express extending my AirPort Extreme and didn't think about it going down and those issues. I think I will leave things as they are now.

     

    Thanks for your patience with me and your quick reply which helped solve everything and a few other ideas I did not have.!

    Thanks,

    Don