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Ultimate Geek

#253140 28-Jul-2019 21:00
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I would be interested to know if anyone has replaced their Airport Time Capsule with some form of network attached storage device, and how successful this has been?


I currently have a 3TB Time capsule, that is full and frequently produces errors, such that I need to start a backup afresh. I am worried that one day the drive will die. We have 1 desktop iMac and 5 MacBooks that need backing up, so we definitely need a network device. We don't tend to do any streaming from central storage, so all I am really looking for is a reliable fast ethernet connected hard drive that will provide 6 Time Machine backups. I guess I would want 4TB minimum.





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  #2285000 28-Jul-2019 21:38
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One of the lower end Synology devices should be fine. 1 or 2 drives, with time machine support amongst other things.


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  #2285038 29-Jul-2019 08:36
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I have a Promise Apollo. The cloud features are pretty useless but I only use it for Time Machine and for that purpose it seems perfectly fine.


For me the major disadvantage with NAS backups is that you can never take them off site. So, I save all of my work to iCloud except for older archived photos which I back up to a USB drive that I keep off site. The Time Machine backups on my NAS are really just a backstop in case I have a mishap that requires me to roll back from a temporal backup.


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  #2287395 1-Aug-2019 21:47
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Thanks to both posters - will look into those options.

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