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Old 01-05-2009, 07:14 PM   #5
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Kathleen--

You can plug any USB2 hard drive into the AirPort Extreme base station and access the drive from any ("compatible") computer on the network. (With a USB hub, you can plug in multiple hard drives and use them all). So in effect--in combination with Time Machine--you already have a Time Capsule, and buying another one would be of little advantage. I think that's what Sky was getting at.

I guess one advantage of a Time Capsule would be that since it's a standalone box that doesn't need to be plugged into your Base Station, you could put it anywhere that has an electric plug-in, as long as it's within range of the Mac. Therefore, you could hide it somewhere (in the rafters; behind a wall in the basement; in your potting shed) and keep it out of sight of bad guys who could nick your computer and connected hard drives, but would have no clue that you even owned a Time Capsule.

If you installed your AirPort Extreme software in the default location, there should be a setup guide ("AirPort Extreme Setup Guide.app"--it'll launch a PDF) in your Applications/Utilities/AirPort Extreme folder, that explains this stuff about connecting hard drives.

Cheers

BTW: I don't think you'll be sorry you upgraded to Leopard--for me, it was completely painless. It's never given me a lick of trouble.

   
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