: Out of Room - Time Capsule!


iheartmac
Jun 2nd, 2016, 06:34 PM
So despite my best efforts I can't keep all my files backed up on a 3TB Time Capsule. Have other HDs but is it possible to spread 1 back up over multiple drives? I wasn't getting the feeling that I could after a bit of goggling. I'd just as soon buy a 5 or 10TB and use that. Any suggestions?

Thanks!

Dr_AL
Jun 2nd, 2016, 09:11 PM
So despite my best efforts I can't keep all my files backed up on a 3TB Time Capsule. Have other HDs but is it possible to spread 1 back up over multiple drives? I wasn't getting the feeling that I could after a bit of goggling. I'd just as soon buy a 5 or 10TB and use that. Any suggestions?



Thanks!



You could open up the time capsule and replace the drive with a larger one. I don't think you can back up to multiple drives on a time capsule. You could have a RAID array and back up to that but it would have to be an external drive.


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pm-r
Jun 3rd, 2016, 06:12 PM
You should be able to plug any USB hard drive(s) into any Time Capsule and extend the storage capacity as another option.

i.e.: Use an External USB Hard Drive with a Time Capsule and Save $$$ | OSXDaily (http://osxdaily.com/2011/06/21/use-external-usb-hard-drive-with-time-capsule/)

hexdiy
Jun 3rd, 2016, 06:28 PM
That sure seems like a tempting option, pm-r! Thanx!

eMacMan
Jun 3rd, 2016, 06:43 PM
You should be able to plug any USB hard drive(s) into any Time Capsule and extend the storage capacity as another option.

i.e.: Use an External USB Hard Drive with a Time Capsule and Save $$$ | OSXDaily (http://osxdaily.com/2011/06/21/use-external-usb-hard-drive-with-time-capsule/)

Thanks for that link. Discovered another very useful tip while visiting the site:
Item in the Trash>click on it>hit the spacebar for a quick view before emptying the Trash.

As much as I tend to clash with QuickView, this is one time where it is incredibly useful. Often things sit in the Trashƒ for several days before I bother to empty Trash, making this extremely useful.

hexdiy
Jun 3rd, 2016, 08:50 PM
You should be able to plug any USB hard drive(s) into any Time Capsule and extend the storage capacity as another option.

i.e.: Use an External USB Hard Drive with a Time Capsule and Save $$$ | OSXDaily (http://osxdaily.com/2011/06/21/use-external-usb-hard-drive-with-time-capsule/)

A caveat though:
you'll not be able to aggregate storage/ partitions from internal TC HDD and external TC attached storage devices.
You'll have to choose one or the other.

Very cheap way of expanding your old TC, though. Good tip!

hexdiy
Jun 3rd, 2016, 09:40 PM
And for the uncouth experimenters amongst you: as of Mt. Lion, OSX has a Core Storage manager on board.

http://blog.fosketts.net/2011/08/05/undocumented-corestorage-commands/

With this, Terminal jockeys can probably aggregate whatever storage they want into one logical volume.
Even with different partitions maps at that, a little like ZFS:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZFS

It would be a very worthwhile experiment to try and combine the internal Time Capsule HDD and external USB storage of any kind attached to the Time Capsule into 1 logical volume.

This would indeed mean cheap and expandable Nas from an oldTime Capsule!

Though I do not have the hardware to test this at the moment, I firmly believe it must be possible with these little known commands.
Go for it!

PS: in particular I am thinking of the
createVolume
command.

https://www.reddit.com/r/osx/comments/246vyq/hfs_vs_zfs_what_is_the_benefit_for_the_typical_use/

iheartmac
Jun 4th, 2016, 09:00 AM
I didn't manage to read these replies until after I went out and bought a new 5TB external drive. It just finished it's complete backup of 3.5 TB as it's my new, lone backup drive.

I obviously still have my Time Capsule. I guess if I ever want to plug the 5TB into it I'd have to erase everything and choose the TC as the root backup drive and have all split over happen on the 5TB?

Thanks for all the input!

Moscool
Jun 8th, 2016, 03:08 PM
A few pointers:

- The TC's USB power is usually insufficient not to experience dropouts with the disk no longer being visible to the TC. Apple second line support recommends powered drives with the USB port only for data. That's what I've done with my TCs at home and the office and it works well. Be prepared however to disconnect the power cable of the TC every couple of weeks when it 'forgets' about the external HD. This has no impact on data and never happens in the middle of a backup

- If you have spent time doing a backup directly to the drive you can still plug it at the back of the TC: Time machine will tell you it can't find the drive and you will manually point it to the TC and then the connected drive. It will then apparently take ages (2 days!?) to restore the backup but actually after a random amount of time it will resolve itself and take much less time. I recommend you use an ethernet connection directly to the TC (or at least a wired network) and launch this before you go to bed...