Remember when you were a kid, and you’d create those time capsules, full of things to be retrieved at some future date?
What if you could that for your computer, but without having to tie a date to it? Technology is notoriously unreliable, and with our lives revolving so much around the precious data on our hard drive, the thought of being able to retrieve things from months ago if you lose it all is awfully appealing.
Yes, every expert will rightly tell you to back up everything. But sometimes it’s not feasible. It’s easy to forget when you’re caught up in just trying to keep up! You have to dig around for your external hard drive, figure out what you want to save, and that’s assuming you remember to back up in the first place.
As Apple is known for doing, they have created an add-on piece to their Time Machine application named Time Capsule for expressly this purpose.
What is Time Capsule?
It’s not just your basic external drive anymore, kids. It’s a wireless powerhouse that works directly with the Time Machine application to wirelessly back up your entire computer. That’s right, no confusion, no wiring things, no figuring out what to save and what not to. You set the Time Capsule as the default back up device for Time Machine, and you’re done. It also knows to only download files that have changed in any manner, so you’re not reinventing the wheel for things that have remained unchanged.
Will it have enough room?
Unless you are trying to back up more than 1TB (terabytes) of information (and if you do, that’s just crazy!) you’ll have plenty of room. Time Capsule comes in two versions, one with 500GB (gigabytes) and one with a whopping 1TB’s worth of save space.
So why’s it so revolutionary, again?
Time Capsule pulls double duty as a wireless Airport Extreme Base Station, using the 802.11n specification so it can back up your computer via a wireless connection while doubling as your Internet router. It also has a built-in USB port, allowing you to hook up your printer and print them out wirelessly.
Well, I don’t have a Mac.
Guess what? It doesn’t matter, it’s compatible with both Mac and PC!
There’s always a convenient excuse not to back up, and the beauty of Apple’s new Time Capsule is that it’s a convenient solution.