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Apple 3TB Time Capsule 4th Generation

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  • One click, continuous wireless backup 3TB
  • 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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Colour white Silver Light Grey White
Data Transfer Rate 125 MB per second 1,250 MB per second 125 MB per second 220 MB per second 100 MB per second 5,000 Mb per second
Hard Disk Rotational Speed 7,200 rpm 0 rpm 0 rpm 5,400 rpm 5,400 rpm
Hard Disk Size 3,000 GB 3 TB 2 TB 2 TB 2,000 GB 4,000 GB
Item Dimensions 19.7 x 19.7 x 3.63 cm 9.8 x 16.8 x 9.8 cm 9.8 x 16.8 x 9.8 cm 7.6 x 11.35 x 1.21 cm 7.7 x 13 x 1.5 cm 14 x 17.1 x 4.9 cm
Item Weight 1.6 kg 1.48 kg 1.48 kg 159 grams 300 grams 1 kg
Memory Storage Capacity 3 TB 3 TB 2 TB 2 TB 2,000 GB 4
Model Year 2011 2013 2013 2013 2015 2013
Size 3.5 3 TB 2 TB 2 TB 2 TB 4 TB
Special Feature Hot Swap Function Plug and Play^USB powered^Yes Cable lock slot^External power adapter^LED indicators^Operating temperature range:5 - 35 °C^RAID support^cooling:Passive

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Technical Details
BrandApple
Item Weight1.6 Kg
Product Dimensions19.7 x 19.7 x 3.6 cm
Item model numberMD033B/A
SeriesMD033 TIME Capsule
Hard Drive Size3000 GB
Number of USB 2.0 Ports1
Wattage34 watts
  
Additional Information
ASINB005ATA1ZA
Best Sellers Rank 93,283 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2.5 Kg
Date First Available6 July 2011
  
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Time Capsule 3TB

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Time Capsule
Printed documentation
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This was a replacement purchase but with the intention of using the Time Capsule as a server as well as backup unit.

The Time Capsule works brilliantly as a back up unit in an Apple Mac environment, however the life span of Time Capsules has been problematic: early TC life spans were circa 18 months; my previous TC lasted 3.5 years. In choosing to stay with a Time Capsule, my expectation is that Apple has improved the design of the power supply which was causing premature failure. Time will tell.

I chose a 3TB unit with the intention of using it to also backup more than my Macs. Annoyingly, it is not possible to partition the drive: Time Machine wants to make use of the whole of the TC capacity (ie all 3TB). This rather defeats the benefit of the larger capacity drive (1TB is more than adequate for backing up my Macs).

I have identified work-around to limit the size of the "sparse bundle" the TM uses to store back ups which should achieve the same effect as partitioning. However I have not had the opportunity to test it.
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Reviewing this in the context of the 4 tasks this product is designed to do:

Time Machine Backups - Can't fault it. Macs see the Time Capsule as a Time Machine backup target and have no problem backing up to it. No way on the Time Capsule to limit the amount of total space backups are allowed to consume tho. This can be achieved other ways with a little fiddling and google is your friend. Left to its own devices, your backups will potentially eat all your disk space.

Wireless - Fantastic, especially the 5GHz facility. Greatly increases range and throughput. Facility to enable a guest network that can allow people to access the internet but not your attached machines. Note that if you configure the Time Capsule in "Bridge Mode", you lose this facility (for some reason)

Router - Works well, but limited tweakability. Some annoying things include no ability to disable DHCP and keep routing. I have another internal server running DHCP. To get around this, I set the TC DHCP to only dish out 2 addresses, and created DHCP reservations with "fake" MAC addresses so that they would never be issued. Another annoyance is that you cannot set the subnet mask for your internal network, and it insists on a 10 network having a 255.255.255.0 subnet mask!

File Sharing - Good but limited. Access to the whole device (the internal disk and disks attached via USB) can be limited by a password. Each disk can be limited by a password. Can create accounts and then access is controlled by these. Each account can see their own directory that is created automatically, and the rest of the drive. No granular control of permissions on a folder by folder basis.

So, on the whole it's good.
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TIME CAPSULE 3TB this is an amazing network attached storage device NAS, which takes out remembering to make regular backups and ensures that your system network computers are fully backed up and your precious data is preserved in the event of a hardware failure.
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Very very good, bar two things. Creates a bit too much heat for my liking, and sometimes takes a while to respond on the storage side of things (probably due to the drive spinning up). Otherwise very good, and these two things are more to do with the current state of technology than the product itself. Highly recommended, the wifi is very good too and is quick. I use all 4 ethernet ports and have simultaneous wifi being used - it doesn't suffer at all.
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The Time machine is definitely not a cheap piece of kit. And of course I'd like to pay less. But after reading the reviews of the other network attached storage drives I'm happy I went for the simple solution. It works. Setup was easy. Wifi is easy to connect to. And the Time machine backup has been a life saver several times. On one occassion my email data became corrupt and I lost a lot of old emails. Restoring them from the Time Machine backup could not have been easier. No need to know the file names or locations. I just opened the Apple Mail program, opened Time Machine and then scanned back through time until I found a date when the emails I was looking for were there. Pressed restore and moved them back into place.
So yes, it is expensive but what's the point of a backup system that you don't trust or one that takes days of fiddling with to get it working.
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I'm using the Time Capsule to back up two iMacs. Loads of space on a 3TB drive for many Time Machine backup points means this is a totally seamless, set it and forget it backup system. Brilliant!
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At this reduced price (over £100 off Apple's price) this was a great deal. Not much more than an external 4TB drive. Already have 2009 2nd gen 1TB so perfect addition to my network.
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