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Anybody Using Apple Time Capsule (Part II)?

I posted this earlier and got a couple of helpful responses. But when I tried to edit the post, somehow it was totally deleted. So I am re-posting it.

A friend of mine who uses a MacBook lost everything she had on her hard drive when it crashed (she previously had a hard drive backup, but it had also earlier crashed and she had not replaced it). A friend of hers recommended Apple Time Capsule as a good way for her to backup her MacBook. I am not familiar with Time Capsule since I am not an Apple user. It, however, seems to have good potential functionality since it backs up to both a local hard drive and a remote storage facility via the Internet.

Has anyone used this and if so how do you like it?

by [a former member] at 2009-05-25 01:24:45 UTC (ed. May 25 2009 ) Washington, DC , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

It’s comes with Leopard (OS 10.5), and it’s called “Time Machine”. It automatically backs up everything on your Mac on a daily basis. I have it on my iMac, and it’s a great tool.

by audreygottlieb | 25 May 2009 03:05 | | Report spam→
Actually this is hardware:

“Product Description
Wireless hard drive that works seamlessly with Time Machine in Mac OS X Leopard. It’s also a full-featured 802.11n Wi-Fi base station Time Capsule works with Mac computers, PCs, iPhone, iPod touch, Apple TV, and virtually all 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi wireless devices all at the same time Protect yourself with the built-in firewall and industry-standard encryption technologies including WPA/WPA2 and 128-bit WEP System Requirements – For Time Machine backup – Mac with Mac OS X Leopard / For setup and administration – Mac computer with Mac OS X v.10.4 or later, CD drive, and Ethernet or wireless networking capability; PC with Windows XP (SP2) or Windows Vista, CD drive, and Ethernet or wireless networking capability / For wireless client access – Mac with AirPort or AirPort Extreme wireless capability; PC with 802.11a/b/g/n / For shared hard drive – Mac with Mac OS X v10.4.8 or later; PC with Windows XP (SP2) or Windows Vista; Bonjour”

Technical specs are at http://www.apple.com/timecapsule/specs.html

by [former member] | 25 May 2009 11:05 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
Time Machine is a pretty automatic, rudimentary, and typical Apple solution… not a great deal of control, works ok 98% of the time, but still has some weird bugs. Great for people who don’t understand or do backup, to get them somewhat safe.

Time Capsule is just a hard drive with some snappy features, but you can run Time Machine with any FW hard drive.

I prefer a little more robust program like Retrospect, with a nice RAID or DROBO.

by [former member] | 25 May 2009 12:05 (ed. May 25 2009) | | Report spam→
I recently got a time capsule for my wife’s iMac and it’s been great – runs in the background backing up any updated files. I don’t think it’s a great solution for the kind of storage/backup needs most photographers have as all the backing up is done over a network, which can be slow, and the largest size it’s offered in is 1TB (though you can plug additional drives into it).

by Stephen Voss | 25 May 2009 21:05 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
and, uh, Neal: “A friend of mine…”? Isn’t it time to come out of the closet, Neal?

by [former member] | 26 May 2009 14:05 | | Report spam→
Actually it really is a friend of mine with whom I worked at NPR. As for me I’m headed toward DROBO when I get enough sheckels.

And by the way, Ted….f**k off! Remember it was I who invited you back into this community, and you promised to behave better this time! :-)

by [former member] | 26 May 2009 16:05 (ed. May 26 2009) | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
oh crap. now i got the npr police on me… just don’t tell lenny, ok?

you windows guys are so sensitive. next you’ll be telling me you shoot film, with a leica. and it’s better than my G9.

(runs away, holding splitting sides)

by [former member] | 26 May 2009 19:05 (ed. May 26 2009) | | Report spam→
I avoid Lenny, I do shoot film, and with a Leica, and it shoots film better than your G9 shoots fil (and my G9 too)!

But I digress…

by [former member] | 26 May 2009 19:05 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
hoo boy. i got nuthin with this guy… you don’t drive a massey, too, do ya? i mean, everyone KNOWS nuthin runs like a Deere.

by [former member] | 26 May 2009 20:05 | | Report spam→
“An interlude!”

by Barry Milyovsky | 26 May 2009 21:05 (ed. May 26 2009) | lost in the, United States | | Report spam→
Yes…Seems like a good time to call in the “Photog Whisperer”. Cocktail anyone? :):):)

by Gregory Sharko | 26 May 2009 23:05 | Brooklyn, New York, United States | | Report spam→
Do you have a bottle of grappa, Greg?

by Barry Milyovsky | 27 May 2009 00:05 | lost in the, United States | | Report spam→
Wish I did…can’t afford it. :(

by Gregory Sharko | 27 May 2009 00:05 | Brooklyn, New York, United States | | Report spam→
Another LS posting derailed….


by [former member] | 27 May 2009 00:05 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
C’mon Neal… No derailment…just a little levity. Remember?…like the not too far past on LS.

by Gregory Sharko | 27 May 2009 01:05 | Brooklyn, New York, United States | | Report spam→
via FB: “Neal Jackson is going to shock the pants off a few people when he discloses that he just bought a new MacBook Pro. The 5-year-old Dell was misbehaving so decided to put XP and Leopard in the same box…”


…the question is, how long has this been going on?

by [former member] | 27 May 2009 10:05 | | Report spam→
to take it all back to the point of this thread …. the only thing that could happen during a back-up is if the wireless connection somehow gets cut off and if so you can loose everything. I dont know if apple fixed this bug or not. Also you dont have to use time machine to back up your images – just use it as an external hard drive with out the time machine program. overall it works wonderful. D

by david a weiss | 29 May 2009 02:05 (ed. May 29 2009) | | Report spam→
Neal you got those knickers in a real knot………………….cute.

by Imants | 29 May 2009 07:05 | "The Boneyard 017º", Australia | | Report spam→
I gave it a go but as I work in a helter skelter way, I got pissed off with backing up crap I didn’t need……. so all my photos live on hard drives and only the daily work and internet junk is on the computer otherwise it is empty. I would have thought as a media consultant this would be a piece of cake for one your experience

by Imants | 29 May 2009 07:05 (ed. May 29 2009) | "The Boneyard 017º", Australia | | Report spam→
Imants, give me a strategic media challenge, I can come up with a dynamite solution, but don’t ask me what a daemon is! Mine is not a world of microtechnology but rather one of end points.

by [former member] | 29 May 2009 12:05 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→

I don’t know if this has been covered elsewhere but there is an excellent Windows program that does the same called SyncBack. I use the SE version. I have it set to back up all of my data on two spare dives when I log off. So at any one time I have three copies.

Check out the website:
If you have any question don’t hesitate to get back to me.


by Martin Shakeshaft | 04 Jun 2009 21:06 | Back home, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Martin, I suggest that you re-post this info on a thread I started today on the Drobo, as it might give some people a software solution to get to the equivalent of a RAID 1

by [former member] | 04 Jun 2009 22:06 (ed. Jun 4 2009) | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
Not using Time Capsule, but have just bought a Western Digital “My Book” 2TB Raid drive… pretty sweet little unit and good value. Came with some auto-backup software that seems pretty clever and is set up well to back up all your user settings and so on in OS X. Just bought it today so if you want I can keep you filled in on how it pans out but I’m happy with how it seems to work…

Edit: The WD software, called ‘Anywhere Backup’, doesn’t work over a network like the time capsule does… gotta plug it in, old school-style ;)

by Ed Giles | 05 Jun 2009 07:06 (ed. Jun 5 2009) | Sydney, Australia | | Report spam→
hey Neal. I have been using time machine to back up my lap top and it works fine for me. I’m one of the few who use aperture and its back up system, called “vault”, does the job as well. i use syncronize pro for everything else. If you do chose to use time machine make sure you get a drive way bigger than the one you’re backing up as time machine keeps a record of your files even when you deleted them on your drive. i find it great cause i have clean up fits and get rid of lots of docs that i actually might need at some point…..
i use a WD my passport hard drive for time machine. who cares if it breaks or i lose it as it’s cheap. i have a few and they worked for me till now. for everything else I’m a fan of g technology. they fast hard drives are great, both portable and desktop ones.

by [former member] | 05 Jun 2009 09:06 | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | | Report spam→
Time Capsule is okay. I have one that I use to backup the laptop’s in the apartment, but what I am really happy with, which I also use on an automatic basis is JungleDisk. This uses Amazon’s S3 service for storage, so you pay for what you use. It can be a little pricey, but JungleDisk has a great backup application which is pretty automatic, and your data also shows up as a network attach drive on your desktop. Works for Mac, PC and Linux. You can even put the app on a USB keychain and take your “infinitely large” HD anywhere you go. Files need to be less than 5 gig each, but otherwise pretty much limitless.

For a cheaper solution I’d check out Mozy or CrashPlan. The thing with backups is that it is really really important to keep them in different locations, and online backup achieves this really nicely. My data is doubly encrypted and both geographically and hardware redundantly backed up. You can even set JungleDisk to keep copies of your deleted files for a time period in case you accidentally delete something ( just like Time Machine )

TM via Time Capsule or to your own external HD is really nice for doing a local backup, but what happens if you drop that hard drive in the toilet, or someone grabs your backpack while you aren’t watching…!

My rule of thumb for backup is follow the “Rule of Threes” — Keep your data in three places, use three backup schedules, and three types of media… here is how mine fits this…

Time Machine — Hourly Incremental Backup at home
Jungle Disk — daily incremental back up to Amazon S3
DVD / ( soon to be Blue Ray ) archive backup mailed to my parents house once a month…


by Micah Walter | 14 Jun 2009 22:06 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→

by [former member] | 14 Jun 2009 23:06 | | Report spam→
Everybody…feel free to keep posting relevant information, but my friend (it really isn’t me — I will be using Time Machine and Drobo when my new system is finally implemented fully) has decided against Time Capsule.

by [former member] | 15 Jun 2009 00:06 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
We have been using Carbonite here on our computers and it really is the best. My computer guy found it and I love it because it just works.
Carbonite backs up your hard drive to one of their servers via your internet connection. It has saved us a few times when I lost/damaged my lightroom catalog files. It is really wonderful because its so simple and you don’t have to do anything because the backup is automatic. Also, it only costs $50 a year for unlimited space.
If anyone is interested you can google it or send me your email address and I’ll send you the link.

by Alexis Evanoff | 22 Jun 2009 21:06 | California, United States | | Report spam→
Hey Neal, if you don’t mind I got a question within the question….. I’m using time machine and wont be transferring a mac into a new mac with the usual method, the firewire connection between the two at start up ( with the new machine straight out of the box ) while punching in “command t” or something like that. If I click the restore button on time machine when i connect it to the new mac will it restore my old mac into the new one?

by [former member] | 23 Jun 2009 05:06 | Zanzibar, Tanzania | | Report spam→
The following might be of interest:

I took delivery yesterday of a 1Tb Lacie Internet Space (not sure if it is available yet in the US). It is effectively a network drive, but it comes with a Lacie portal so that the drive can be accessed securely from anywhere in the world provided you have a broadband connection. The reason I have decided to try this is that I wanted not only to backup my data, but to back it up in a different geographical location. I am setting it up on my network at home, but will be backing data up to it from my systems in my office – the two locations being about 5 miles apart.

At the moment I am still setting up while trying to do other jobs, but first impressions are on the whole positive. Two interesting features of the unit are that you can employ a desktop mirror with scheduled backups so your backup always reflects the most up to date versions of your files. The second thing is that via a USB 2.0 interface you can plug in a second stand alone harddrive, and set the Lacie to automatically back itself up to that.

Finally – not done this yet – you can also use the system to create ad hoc FTP areas for clients. So if for instance you need to put a bunch of high res files somewhere where a client can download them it can be done from this without compromising the security of your other data, nor is there a need for your contact to have an FTP client.

I intend to write an indepth review of the item on my blog (also currently in development) and will let people know when it is there if there is any interest.


by Michael Cockerham | 23 Jun 2009 09:06 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Beats me, Guy. I have just finally implemented my Time Machine/Drobo world, and in fact am still getting used to Apple after switching from PC about three weeks ago. I must, however, say that your idea makes sense to me (FWIW, which is probably nothing). Ted Dillard might be your man, and maybe he will check this out. Otherwise send him a PM.

Michael, that sounds very interesting. Please keep us up on how this Lacie item works for you.

by [former member] | 23 Jun 2009 11:06 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
Guy, yes it will, in fact, I’m pretty sure the Migration Assistant on OS 10.5.xx will ask you if you’re restoring from a Time Machine backup.

yup. here it is.

by [former member] | 23 Jun 2009 20:06 | | Report spam→
An expert in screen capture! This guy outta write a book or two!

by [former member] | 24 Jun 2009 02:06 (ed. Jun 24 2009) | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
thanks guys. I’l give it a spin in a few weeks. I was worried that without using migration assistant weird things would have been copied to the new machine. It looks like it’s gonna work fine. Cheers

by [former member] | 24 Jun 2009 06:06 | Zanzibar, Tanzania | | Report spam→
Migration Assistant can be a little hit or miss, but it seems like if you use Disk Utility to make sure all permissions are verified and repaired on the original disk it goes better. Repair permissions, then backup to Time Machine, then do the migration thing…

Thanks Neal! LOL

by [former member] | 24 Jun 2009 10:06 | | Report spam→

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