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Posted 27 August 2012 - 20:44
Be wary about getting a used one. These things are NON-REPAIRABLE, so if it dies on you, all your backups are gone. If it dies and is not under warranty, then you are out of $150 or whatever you spend on it. Save your money and get a Synology NAS. Even the 2-disk models will offer you a million times more data protection than a Time Capsule, especially if you set it up with either SHR or Raid 1. Time Machine server and tons of other goodies are built right into it.
I have a DS212+, and am backing up 2 iMacs and a MBP through the Time Machine server. Also backing up 2 Windows laptops on it through Acronis True Image. Also running the Download Station for .torrents/.nzb, Audio Station and Video Station for all my music and movies, using the built-in DDNS and no-ip.org for remote access, built-in FTP server for fast remote file transfers too. These things blow Time Capsules out of the water by a long shot, and if one of your hard disks dies and you have set it up as SHR (Synology Hybrid Raid), you just replace the bad disk with a new one, and it rebuilds itself.
Posted 28 August 2012 - 02:42
Posted 28 August 2012 - 08:44
I would like to get something that she wouldn't have to think about...if she's connected to the network her MacBook Air will do all the backing up for her in the background. That's why I was looking at using a Time Capsule.
Posted 28 August 2012 - 09:00
Get an AirPort Extreme and connect your external hard drive to it for Time Machine. Basically the same thing as the Time Capsule.
And when your external hard drive fails you can just go and buy a new one without replacing your AirPort Extreme.
I've been using this setup now for years and couldn't be happier.
Posted 28 August 2012 - 09:07
Posted 28 August 2012 - 09:09
Does the same work with an Airport Express?
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Posted 30 August 2012 - 17:13
Thanks for the suggestions guys! I think if I'm going to spend any money at this problem, it will probably be for a solution that will backup all 5 computers in my house and not just the two Macs. So I think I'm drawn more to the Synology stuff, even though it is a little pricy.
The Airport Express does look nice, but I already have a decent WiFi router.