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Several networked and non-networked options for Time Machine backups
Authored by: diamondsw on Apr 08, '11 08:24:37AM

I've been using a 1TB Time Capsule since the very first ones shipped. I later upgraded it myself to a 2TB drive (it's fairly easy to open, and the TC will format the drive properly on first boot). There were some first-gen failures, specifically with the power supplies failing around 18 months. Knock on wood, mine's been going years with nary a problem.

It gets slightly warm when running a backup, and is cool the rest of the time. That was with the original hard drive and the replacement I've installed. This is with three computers backing up to it, so it's plenty busy.

I've had no problems with network-based Time Machine. It's slow - but that's the only thing bad I can say, Honestly, it's the only way to back up, as it's the only zero-friction drop-dead-simple solution there is. Anything that requires effort won't get done - my mother-in-law is a sad example, who never connected her backup drive after setting up Time Machine. And guess who forgot her FileVault password... :-(

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