Dump­ing data to save disk space

Mac Format - - APPLE TALK -

My Mac­Book Pro has a 250GB drive and is almost full – about 50GB is mu­sic and 100GB is pho­tos. I’ve been giv­ing thought to how best to add ex­ter­nal stor­age to my setup – to run Time Ma­chine back­ups, but also to ad­just my net­work setup so that my BT Home Hub 4.0 works purely as a mo­dem and a Time Cap­sule runs the wire­less net­work. I don’t know how to go about set­ting that up though!

I know Time Cap­sule will en­able me to move things off my Mac­Book, but I had prob­lems mov­ing my iTunes li­brary onto a wire­less ex­ter­nal drive in the past. I’d be grate­ful for ad­vice re­gard­ing a sim­i­lar setup us­ing a Time Cap­sule or an al­ter­na­tive. David Brad­ford Adding a Time Cap­sule backup is an ex­cel­lent idea, but it won’t solve the disk ca­pac­ity prob­lems on your Mac­Book Pro. Time Ma­chine is a backup, not an ar­chive and you cer­tainly shouldn’t feel you can delete files from your hard disk just be­cause they are backed up some­where. You could con­fig­ure the Time Cap­sule’s disk to use part for back­ups and the rest as net­worked stor­age, but this de­feats the point of a backup be­cause Time Cap­sule can’t back up its own drive.

I think you are mak­ing this much more com­pli­cated than it needs to be. Just get a Time Cap­sule to back up all your Macs and plug it into your router. There’s no real ad­van­tage in us­ing it for Wi-Fi be­cause your BT Home Hub is per­fectly ca­pa­ble of han­dling that, and you’ll find it eas­ier for BT to di­ag­nose prob­lems if you have a con­fig­u­ra­tion it’s fa­mil­iar with. Sim­i­larly, don’t bother mov­ing your iTunes li­brary if you don’t need to. 50GB isn’t that big a deal and you can free up plenty of space on the Mac­Book by mov­ing your photo li­brary, which is sim­pler. Move the pho­tos to an ex­ter­nal USB drive. That’s cheaper and eas­ier to set up, and you can still back them up to the Time Cap­sule.

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