Using an external drive with Time Capsule

Use an External USB Hard Drive with a Time Capsule and Save $$$

You can plug any USB hard drive into a Time Capsule and expand the available disk space of the Time Capsule that way. This is then accessible as usual as a Network Attached Storage device for your Mac backups or whatever, and you can then even directly backup wirelessly to that external drive connected to the Time capsule using Time Machine.

I had no idea this was possible. All the more reason not to go for the 3GB Time Capsule instead of the 2GB model. Although in theory an Airport Extreme with an external drive should accomplish the same thing as a Time Capsule, in practice this appears to be less relaible and is not supported by Apple.

2 Replies to “Using an external drive with Time Capsule”

  1. A reason to go for the 3GB would be to avoid the USB wires. If you’re going to hook up a USB drive, you may as well open up the Time Capsule and install your own hard drive upgrade.

  2. I appreciate the need for avoiding clutter, but the USB approach allows for more versatility: you repurpose an old drive or expand beyond what you can accomplish with a single drive (since the Time Capsule only can fit one drive). Furthermore, I’m sure opening up the Time Capsule voids the warranty.

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