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Good, but beware,
This review is from: Apple 1TB Time Capsule Dual-Band (Electronics)
I'm an Apple certified technician so like to think I know a reasonable amount about Apple products. I bought the 500GB version of this device and true to form it served me well as a backup medium as expected. What wasn't expected is that 18 months after I bought it it died - as in no power, no function, a dead piece of metal and plastic. Now you can image that if this is your main backup medium then you may be jolly upset that around 6 months out of warranty it dies.
To clarify it wasn't the harddrive inside that died nor the power supply but something in the unit itself. A quick Google search for Time Capsule issues will reveal the quality control issues with this product and should serve as fair warning considering the cash you're going to lay down.
Take my advice - get an Airport Extreme (or some other reputable router) and then get an Apple compatible NAS (network attached storage) device. The combination of the two gives you some redundancy - if the Airport dies at least you can still access your backups. If your NAS drive fails (unlikely) then you can still at least access the internet.
Believe me I'd like to recommend this product but 18 months is so ridiculously laughable a lifespan for a backup product it borders on the....the ridiculous frankly. Apple do not offer Applecare on this product and will not repair it after the 12 month warranty period. You will be covered by Applecare if you by this thing with a new Mac from Apple or a reseller - otherwise you're playing roulette.
When mine died I luckily had a Netgear router around the house I could use and I had already switched from using the Time Capsule as a primary backup drive to using a ReadyNas NV+so at the time of death it was only acting as a wifi router (which is even more damning in my opinion). I was back up and running in no time - you guys may not be so prepared so this is your wake-up call. To be honest I'd read about the issues with some time capsules consistently dying after 17-19 months and started mitigating against this with the purchase of my NAS box. I'm glad I did now. Earlier I said it wasn't expected that mine would die - I think I was just hoping as I keep it in a cool dry place free of gratuitous dust.
I consider myself lucky as I only spent £130 on mine brand new.
If I were to buy again I'd go for an Airport Extreme base station plus a NAS. 2 devices yes but when it comes to technology sometimes 2 is better than 1.
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Initial post: 20 Nov 2011 23:44:16 GMT
Tech Savvy User says:
I am trying to buy a Apple compatible NAS drive so that I can have a common storage of all my music, video, photo and can connect wirelessly from my Mac as well from my other PC. I bought an Iomega home network drive which was working fine till I upgraded my Mac to Lion, from which point it failed to recognise iTunes, Time Capsule. I am tired of waiting for an upgrade on a firmware as they say on their website, so intend to get a proper one. Found this one quite interesting, but after your experience (as well as a few google search) cannot proceed. Are you aware of a proper one compatible with Lion. Thanks for your help.
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