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Apple 2TB Time Capsule 4th Generation

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  • One click, continuous wireless backup 2TB
  • Can backup multiple Mac computers running OS X Leopard or later
  • Compatible with Mac computers and PCs that use 802.11a, b or g technologies, as well as wireless devices such as iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Apple TV.
  • Compatible with OS X Leopard or later
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Product Information

Technical Details
BrandApple
Item Weight1.6 Kg
Product Dimensions19.7 x 19.7 x 3.6 cm
Item model numberMD032B/A
Hard Drive Size2000 GB
Number of USB 2.0 Ports1
Wattage34 watts
  
Additional Information
ASINB0058IGPKI
Best Sellers Rank 48,339 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2.4 Kg
Date First Available28 Jun 2011
  
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Product Description

Product Description

Time Capsule 2TB

Box Contains

Time Capsule
Printed documentation
Power Cord

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Customer Reviews

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ben Rochey-Adams on 6 Jun 2013
I bought the Time Capsule as a file storage device. Since then, I have learned the error of my ways - you are supposed to use it as back-up to your main file storage and as a wireless router. But it does the job for now, until I decide to purchase a separate drive and back that up to the Time Capsule.

I noticed that the top surface of the device was quite hot, and online research revealed several reports of the Time Capsule overheating and malfunctioning after about 18 months - which would be just out of warranty. So I have bought a separate USB fan from Amazon for less than a tenner. It takes up a USB slot in the back of the iMac but more importantly, it doesn't take up a precious space in the plug extension lead on the floor. It's made of plastic and is small enough to sit on the desk behind my computer, pointed directly at the Time Capsule and it does keep the temperature down very effectively. It makes a low buzzing sound but it's constant and not intrusive and is certainly drowned out when I play any music or films etc and also emits a smooth breeze onto me while I'm at my desk. When the computer powers down into idle mode, the fan does likewise and then starts up again when you activate the screen. It also has its own on/off switch.

So if you're going to buy a Time Capsule, I would recommend a USB fan, too. basicXL Noiseless USB Desktop Fan
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J Smith on 10 April 2013
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Does as it says on the packaging - needed some help from Apple on initial set up but now running smoothly
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris Butler on 16 July 2013
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Works fine and backs up smoothly, and the second home network is useful as it spreads the range of my wifi around the house. However setup took several attempts and was not quite as simple as the guide makes out. Still, does everything I need of it.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Russell of Southgate on 27 Oct 2012
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I returned the first one of these I bought as it kept dropping off my network. Amazon was brilliant and sent me a new one in few days. Number two works really well, rock solid connection and chugs away quietly in the background backing up three Apple computers. I use it as a range extender and network backup device, and it is really great at both these tasks. Probably a bit expensive but as most of my devices are Apple, I am happy to pay a bit more or integration.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By SvenGPS on 11 Jun 2013
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I've had this Timecapsule for a month now and can see why it has had mixed reviews.
This is not a quick network drive to access and read/write to constantly, for that you will need a NAS drive connected to your router.

This product is meant to be used periodically for scheduled backups, for that reason it 'goes to sleep' when not in use and takes a few seconds to respond when 'waking'.
This means that although it can store your entire itunes library, photos, movies etc, and is fine for playback, Its not so good if you intend to open and edit all that content directly with Photoshop/iMovie etc - the delay is too great, and it will always want to prioritise backup over anything else.
There are workarounds but really you should just use it as intended - backup/restore and playback.

For instance I store my entire iTunes catalogue on here (my Macbook Pro SSD needs the space for other stuff!) and regularly playback through Homesharing to my Apple TV. This does require you to have iTunes open on your laptop but once playback has started on any content, I have found the connection to be solid and quick.

As with most Apple stuff it just takes some getting used to, once you get your head around it, it performs extremely well.

One other point, I've found it does get quite hot during operation, so might be worth using spacers if stacking with router...
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Slow drive speed when doing large backups, and very slow restore speed even plugging an ethernet cable into it.

Many problems associating old backups if you buy a new HDD or Mac. Its also been losing files after 16 months and now looks like its stopped working. Having looked at forums these things usually have a life of 2 years and then go wrong which is not cool.

I've lost many important files because of this thing so I cannot recommend it as a reliable backup device.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Julian H on 23 May 2012
I bought a time capsule in 2010 with my first Apple computer (a Macbook Pro). And really there is almost nothing to say. Setup was simple, connected to my modem router through ethernet. Time machine backup works fine over ethernet or wifi. The wifi function does seem to give a better signal than the Belkin modem router that I had been using so I turned off the wifi on the Belkin and used the Time Capsule wifi. A year later I replaced the Belkin (modem router) with a Draytek (modem only) because I was experiencing lots of line drop outs. The Draytek definitely works better than the Belkin - fewer dropped lines and 2Mbps faster as well. As the Draytek is only a modem (with no setup options at all) I had to configure the Time Capsule for my ISP's details. This took a bit of time. My first attempt failed due to some port conflict. But again once working I have had no further problems. The setup is saved on a configuration file so I can revert to it at any time. In two years I have had no problems with backup and restore. Old versions of files are there for me whenever I want them.
I am now looking for a wireless backup system for my girlfriends house. I was thinking of buying a third party NAS drive from another supplier. I have been very happy with Western Digital external USB drives. But reading the Amazon reviews has persuaded me to stick with the Time Capsule. It's definitely more expensive and in this case I really don't need the wifi facility. But I really don't want to go through any of the problems described in the other Amazon reviews. Okay. it'll cost £100 more but it'll work, out of the box and keep working.
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