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Old 13-01-2015, 11:25 AM   #1
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Apple Wireless Network for Main Drive/Storage?

I am looking to go to remote wireless storage at home as have a 2011 Apple iMac with a 1TB Drive and just upgdraded to an Apple MacBook Pro as my main computer. However the MacBook Pro only has 128GB disk space, so I have a 2TB Time Capsule to use for data storage or a 2TB external drive.

I am looking at the best way to move all my data and access via the wireless network.

My thought are use the Time Capsule as a HDD and access all my data from there, then plug in my other external drive to create a back up on a frequest basis?


Or use the exesting external as my main drive accessed wireless (this can be done via the Time Capsule) and then use the drive of the Time Capsule to create back up via Time Machine?


Any thoughts welcome as this is my first venture into a wireless home network.
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Old 13-01-2015, 12:00 PM   #2
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The time capsule is best suited just as a backup device (IMHO) it just doesn't work as a NAS.

I also thought the USB was for doing a backup directly from the TC and for attaching a printer - not as using additional storage.
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Old 13-01-2015, 12:17 PM   #3
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I have a 2Tb time capsule. It will work fine if you use it for storing all your info and accessing it while on the same wireless network. I have a MacMini and have all my films, TV shows and music on the time capsule.

As noted if you want to use it as your primary data location it does not make a good NAS solution. It has one drive and if that's the only place the data is stored and it crashes.....

....for me it's just media so no catastrophe if it broke. You could store your critical stuff on your MBP and use Time Machine to make a backup on the Time Capsule, and use the rest of the time capsule for non critical stuff?

empsburna - you can use the USB slot for additional storage.....or certainly to share data of a USB stick, I've never tried 2Tb back ups etc but I dont see why that would be any different.

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Thanks, looks like my old original one didn't allow it. I haven't tried with the new one (I use it to just do a hard offsite backup).
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Thanks guys and I will have a play about

I think I may used the external drive plugged in via USB as my main drive for all and use the TC to create Time Machine back ups.

Any important docs I will also keep on the MBP
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Im currently running an Asus RT-AC56U with custom firmware to do my NAS file sharing as well as the Time Machine Backups (it presents itself as a time capsule disk) as well as then another backup to the Time Capsule.

You can have multiple disks attached to the ASUS (a USB 3.0 one for the file share) and a standard slow one for the back up. It can do cloud sharing and allow you access from outside your network too.

(It is running AsusWRT Merlin firmware btw)

edit - you will need Mountain Lion to take advantage of the option to backup to multiple disks
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Thanks and the MacBook Pro is brand new so running Yosemite
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Hi

I would look at buying a dedicated NAS (ones that have min two drives and allow you to swap drives should you wish to upgrade/replace a failing drive.

I have a Synology NAS which is excellent. There are lots of other choices !!
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I agree starting from scratch a proper NAS set up will be more expensive...but it will be better and you don't need to worry about making back ups (unless you want an off site backup in case of fire/flood/godzilla attack).

I would advise doing some research...some companies use propriety methods of storing/accessing/encrypting (I'm not 100% sure but recall reading about it) which can make things difficult if you go a different route in the future.
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If you are able to spend for a decent NAS, go with a synology

Setting up the ds214play today at work for a customer and oh my, it's a good bit of kit!!

Time machine straight to it, use it as an iTunes media server, however many partitions you like, a good amount of apps to download for it, great stuff
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