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What is the advantage/difference of using a Time Capsule compared to another form of back up HD?

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Hi, I'm researching backup solutions for my iMac, shared network-attached storage and local data HD(s).

Can you tell me what the advantages/differences are between using a Time Capsule as the backup drive for the iMac HD + local HD(s)?

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Tom
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The only advantage to using a Time Capsule is that you can back up wirelessly. That is an advantage if you are using a laptop, but if you have an iMac, it would be cheaper and more efficient to just connect an external USB drive. Try to get USB3 if your model iMac supports that.

You can then use Apple's built-in Time Machine software to back up to the external drive.
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That's what I thought. I've seen others say you should just get a Time Capsule, but haven't seen any real advantage. And wireless can be a disadvantage in terms of speed.

Any suggestions for a good external HD for that purpose? My iMac can use USB3 or Thunderbolt. Probably should get 2TB or more for the backup.

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I don't think it really matters which external you get. 2 TB or more is a good idea. Thunderbolt is a bit faster than USB3, but USB3 is a more common format and less expensive.
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