Wireless Backup of Mac HD With Time Capsule For Mac [Overview]

By Sidharth | Apple

Time Capsule is Apple’s answer to wirelessly backup Mac’s hard drive using Time Machine. Here is an overview of Time Capsule, its size and price, and the riveting feature it bundles that seamlessly works with iMac, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air.

When you realize your Mac’s hard drive has died, you are petrified. You will try every trick in the book to bring life into the hard drive. And when nothing seems to work, you bust a blood vessel because you don’t have the data backed up.

Apple Time Capsule

Give it to the genius Apple folks and it’s mostly likely that you’ve lost everything. Photos. Music. Documents. Movies. Everything is gone. That’s exactly what happened to my iMac six months ago.

I did have an old backup, but that was incomplete. You know, Time Machine is sometimes very slow — or, maybe the data is just too much to handle for Time Machine.

This is when we pave the way for Time Capsule — Apple’s dedicated device to take wireless backup of your Mac HD. Time Capsule is apple’s answer to wireless backup.

You can use Apple’s Time Capsule device to backup MacBook Pro, iMac, or MacBook Air’s hard drive data wirelessly. And the best part — it can backup more. Not just 1TB of data, but Time Capsule can shove 3GB of data in it.

You can use Time Capsule with Time Machine and create a wireless network. As the Time Capsule device is equipped with USB port, you can connect a printer for sharing on wireless network.

As with Time Machine, Time Capsule also takes incremental backups. This means only the first-time backup of your Mac hard drive will take overnight or longer, but the next backup is only of the files that were changed since the previous backup.

Price of Time Machine Backup

Time Capsule works with Mac computers, PCs, Apple iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Apple TV and supports all 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi wireless devices. And it comes in two variants: 2TB and 3TB model.

You can buy one from the Apple Store. The price of Time Capsule is as follows:

  • 2TB Time Capsule – $299 with free shipping in US.
  • 3TB Time Capsule – $399 with free shipping in US.

However, if you want to save a couple of bucks, I’d recommend getting Time Capsule from Amazon, as the newest model is available for $292 (2TB) and $389 (3TB) respectively, with free shipping of course.

About the Author

Hi, I am Sidharth. Full-time blogger. Editor of Blogote. And a self-proclaimed geek!