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Promoted Yesterday by Randy71 at 12:57 PM View Original Post
Amazon.com has for their Prime Members: 2TB Apple Airport Time Capsule (5th Generation, ME177LL/A) for $199. Shipping is free. Thanks rred28

Note, usually ships within 1 to 2 months.

Staples.com also has 2TB Apple Airport Time Capsule (5th Generation, ME177LL/A) for $199. Shipping is free or select free store pickup.

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This is NOT an external HD.
It is a full router/hard drive/server perfectly fit in the apple ecosystem with minimum configuration.
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If you're whole-hog committed to Apple, this is a good deal.

The 'external disk to router' route usually caps you at USB 2.0 transfer speeds (here's an example of a popular router with a USB 2 interface) [amazon.com], which means that backups can get slow when there's a lot of Macs backing up to 1 device.

Time Capsules, on the other hand, use the internal SATA 2/3 interface of the disk, which means your Gigabit+ wireless speeds aren't bottlenecked by the disk interface. This makes everyone happier.

To me personally, Time Capsules are like combo cable modem/routers for me -- they put 2 critical pieces of equipment at risk of failure, and can make things harder to troubleshoot.

So, I don't like them much, and chose to suck it up with slow backup speeds for my own network, so I can swap backup disks/troubleshoot my router when needed.

HTH.
It's a wireless AC router with 2tb NAS for backing up anything wirelessly and it can wirelessly backup to cloud.

It's still kinda overpriced since it's easy to make a NAS, and if the 2tb drive dies so does your router, but at $199 it's not bad.

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Quote from B_Star View Post :
A normal external hard drive works just as good you don't need a "mac one". This one uses ethernet and not usb 3.0 as-well but when you see 8tb EHHD with usb 3.0 go FP for $100 this is very very very unslick its downright retarded.
This is NOT an external HD.
It is a full router/hard drive/server perfectly fit in the apple ecosystem with minimum configuration.
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Quote from B_Star View Post :
A normal external hard drive works just as good you don't need a "mac one". This one uses ethernet and not usb 3.0 as-well but when you see 8tb EHHD with usb 3.0 go FP for $100 this is very very very unslick its downright retarded.
If you think you can just plug ANY hard drive to ANY router and expect it to work with Time Machine ALL the time and support multiple Macs, that is a.. how did you put it? "Downright retarded"

There are non-Apple router/Wifi AP that can work with Time Machine, but it's not cheap. The Synology RT1900ac is known to work well but it doesn't come with a hard drive and it cost $149 by itself.
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Staples has it for the same price.
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Is this used so you don't have to back up to the apple cloud?
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Is this used so you don't have to back up to the apple cloud?
It's a wireless AC router with 2tb NAS for backing up anything wirelessly and it can wirelessly backup to cloud.

It's still kinda overpriced since it's easy to make a NAS, and if the 2tb drive dies so does your router, but at $199 it's not bad.
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If you're whole-hog committed to Apple, this is a good deal.

The 'external disk to router' route usually caps you at USB 2.0 transfer speeds (here's an example of a popular router with a USB 2 interface) [amazon.com], which means that backups can get slow when there's a lot of Macs backing up to 1 device.

Time Capsules, on the other hand, use the internal SATA 2/3 interface of the disk, which means your Gigabit+ wireless speeds aren't bottlenecked by the disk interface. This makes everyone happier.

To me personally, Time Capsules are like combo cable modem/routers for me -- they put 2 critical pieces of equipment at risk of failure, and can make things harder to troubleshoot.

So, I don't like them much, and chose to suck it up with slow backup speeds for my own network, so I can swap backup disks/troubleshoot my router when needed.

HTH.
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Experts a question
I have netgear7000 where I can connect 2 external hdds which I can detect in my Mac.
Will there be any advantage of buying this???

I am ok with slow backup speed

In general HDD's fail over the long period of time . anyone used this for multiple years?? Will AppleCare help in recovering data if it fails??

Thank you in advance
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Last edited by Mark111 Yesterday at 06:57 AM
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Experts a question
I have netgear7000 where I can connect 2 external hdds which I can detect in my Mac.
Will there be any advantage of buying this???

I am ok with slow backup speed

Thank you in advance
Only advantage is the easy instant configuration but if you already have your router and hard drives go ahead and connect them. They have an article on their website on what to do.

http://kb.netgear.com/app/answers...ar_organic

This is good for people with Macs who are looking for a backup and maybe upgrading their router to AC at the same time. I have the previous generation time capsule and it works great.
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Only advantage is the easy instant configuration but if you already have your router and hard drives go ahead and connect them. They have an article on their website on what to do.

http://kb.netgear.com/app/answers...ar_organic

This is good for people with Macs who are looking for a backup and maybe upgrading their router to AC at the same time. I have the previous generation time capsule and it works great.
Thank You
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Experts a question
I have netgear7000 where I can connect 2 external hdds which I can detect in my Mac.
Will there be any advantage of buying this???

I am ok with slow backup speed

In general HDD's fail over the long period of time . anyone used this for multiple years?? Will AppleCare help in recovering data if it fails??

Thank you in advance
If you're OK with slow backup speed, then you're fine with the Netgear router you have.

I've used a backup drive for 4 years (replaced it this year to reduce chance of failure) without incident.

Depending on how many machines you're backing up to a TM disk, it's not doing a shedload of read-writes, so failure chances are lower than you'd think. I would also put movies/MP3s on my backup disk for in-home streaming, and after 4 years of that (keeping 3 Macs backed up, plus occasional streaming), I never had an issue. YMMV.

As for AppleCare helping you with a failed 3rd-party external disk, just because you put Time Machine data on it? LOL, good luck with that! If, in the unlikely event that:

1. Your Mac fails/you want to migrate to a new Mac, and
2. Your Time Machine backup was found to be corrupt

They'd have you run Disk Utility on the disk, and after that you're likely outta luck. Time Machine power users tend to start HERE [pondini.org] for their questions.
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I have a AirPort Extreme and hooked up a 2tb seagate no issues at all with 3 Macs in the house.
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Quote from MinisterOfEtc View Post :
If you're OK with slow backup speed, then you're fine with the Netgear router you have.

I've used a backup drive for 4 years (replaced it this year to reduce chance of failure) without incident.

Depending on how many machines you're backing up to a TM disk, it's not doing a shedload of read-writes, so failure chances are lower than you'd think. I would also put movies/MP3s on my backup disk for in-home streaming, and after 4 years of that (keeping 3 Macs backed up, plus occasional streaming), I never had an issue. YMMV.

As for AppleCare helping you with a failed 3rd-party external disk, just because you put Time Machine data on it? LOL, good luck with that! If, in the unlikely event that:

1. Your Mac fails/you want to migrate to a new Mac, and
2. Your Time Machine backup was found to be corrupt

They'd have you run Disk Utility on the disk, and after that you're likely outta luck. Time Machine power users tend to start HERE [pondini.org] for their questions.
Thank You
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