Questions & Answers for AirPort Time Capsule - 2TB
576 Questions from the Community
Does the TC fit for a small scale enterprise backup solution?
Currently we use an old power mac with 2TB of storage to backup about 20 clients.
Does the TC support multiple devices to backup?
Does it support OD authentication?
It would be a good opportunity to save energy and go a little greener. ;)
Thanks in advance.
- Asked by Sebastian C
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can i use this on 10.4.11 operating system
- Asked by Kenneth M from Hopewell Junction
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Does an external hard drive plugged into the AirPort Time Capsule shut off when not being accessed?
I would like to plug a 2 drive RAID enclosure into the USB port on the back of the Airport Time Capsule. I use the Time Capsule hard drive for backup, but would like a 2 drive RAID enclosure so I can store files shared by the computers on my network. In the past I have had external drives plugged into my desktop macs, and when the computer turns of the hard drive also turns off. I am curious because the router is always on, if no computers on the network are actively asking the drive I wonder if it goes into a sleep mode. I would like to leave the drive on at all times which is why I am asking about this.
- Asked by Galen H from New York
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I have an older dual band wireless N airport extreme and it does spin down the single USB drive I have connected when it's not in use, so I would assume that the newer airports and time capsules would do the same.
That being said, depending on the RAID controller in the enclosure this auto spin down maybe overwritten or ignored by the raid controller.
Note: you will need it to be a hardware RAID, you cannot build a software raid on your computer and then reattach the drives to the airport/time capsule. It doesn't work, I tried.
- Answered by Austin P from Medford
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CAN IT BE USE TO BACK UP PC
Can Airport time capsule be used to back all PC that is on the network
- Asked by Van-hien T from Katy
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Is an Airport Time Capsule bought in Australia compatible for use in the USA?
- Asked by Darren R from Glenmore Park
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What hard drive(s) is inside the AirPort Time Capsule? What is the resiliency/reliability approach?
What type of hard drive is inside the AirPort Time Capsule? Is it a single hard drive? or is there any type of raid?
If more than a single drive - does the user have access to replace the bad drive in case of failure?
Or is this just a single drive solution and you are at the mercy of the mechanical parts of this unit?
- Asked by Jim L from Katonah
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Windows 7 laptop migration to MacBook Pro via AirPort Time Capsule
I would like to migrate my data files from a Windows 7 laptop (documents, pictures, music) to a MacBook Pro, probably using an external hard drive. Can I treat the AirPort Time Capsule as an external hard drive for both machines via the USB port?
- Asked by Wai-ming L from Detroit
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Have an IMac and Sky router for wifi. Also use iPad and iPhone. Can I use Time Capsule as external hard drive and wifi router?Answer
Yes you can Roger K. My set up is my TC connected by Ethernet cable to my HH4 and is set up as a second wireless network. My Mac backs up onto my TC without issues and the wireless network is more reliable than the HH. I also have a Airport Express on the same network as my TC as a extender.
How do I know if files are backed up on my Airport time capsule
- Asked by Natalie D from Downers Grove
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Will range and speed be increased at all for non ac devices?
Is there any benefit for my older devices (802.11n)?
- Asked by Mark L from Calgary
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Range will be increased, but your speed won't.
If you want to upgrade your speed, get the new macbook air or wait for new releases. (you can still use this product even without ac devices)
- Answered by Mark K from Gatineau
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When the Time Capsule is powered on you can hear a sound like a HDD spin up if you hold your ear close to the unit. Much quieter than a Laptop HDD, not noisy at all. I was surprised to hear it as I assumed it would be solid state.
- Answered by Laurie P
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Can I use time capsule for iTunes and iPhoto libraries
I have a macbook and macbook pro which are both used independently. I would like to use a time capsule to store files and iTunes and iPhoto libraries. What I am looking to achieve is to be able to stream wirelessly my files between either of the computers and access iTunes and iPhoto from either machine. The majority of hard drive space would then be freed up on both machines and for no loss of service. I would think that playlists and albums would be unaffected by this change. Any advice would be gratefully received. Many thanks
- Asked by Alan T
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Is it possible to disable the Time Machine function and use the internal hard drive as a shared file server instead? Streaming media is not necessary
- Asked by Kathryn F from Los Angeles
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Yes, you can disable Time Machine functionality on your Mac very easily. The internal drive simply shows up in the Finder as a shared network drive. Therefore, you can use it as a "file server" - I even did stream media from there for a while, but it can lag a little at times, so I wouldn't recommend that.
- Answered by Christoph R from Princeton
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how do I use time capsule when travelling to get free wifi?
if i check into a hotel for example that charges for wifi can I somehow use to time capsule to connect to my wifi network when I'm travelling?
- Asked by Kevin C from Summerside
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If the hotel charges for wifi but has free internet through an ethernet cable, you can theoretically connect any router (including a Time Capsule) to it and create a wifi network. However, in practice, a) the hotel would probably charge for ethernet too, and b) the Time Capsule is very large and heavy and not suitable for traveling. If you did want to do this you'd be better off with an Airport Express.
- Answered by Matt C from Beacon
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Can I access my iTunes content that is stored on the time capsule using homesharing on iPad/iphone without my mac being turned on?
I currently use home sharing to access iTunes content on my iPad/iphone when at home. My mac has to be turned on to do this. If I purchase an airport time capsule will this mean I can access the content using homesharing on ipad/iphone that is backed up on the time capsule drive without the mac being turned on?