Detroit Free Press: Apple’s Time Capsule can save your digital life

Apple Online Store“Our digital files are valuable beyond words. Some of us have thousands of photos on our hard drives, even more songs or TV and movie clips. Then there are our documents, letters and financial info,” Mike Wendland reports for The Detroit Free Press. “I don’t need to tell you how important it is to back up.”

“But until Apple’s Time Capsule came on the scene a few weeks ago, backing up our computer files was tedious. Time Capsule automatically backs up everything, every hour, every day so you no longer have to worry about losing your digital life,” Wendland reports.

“Working with a program called Time Machine that comes standard on Mac’s latest Leopard operating system, Time Capsule does all the backing up seamlessly. But it does more than that,” Wendland reports. “Time Capsule is also a superfast WiFi base station.”

Wendland reports, “This is the most advanced backup device and WiFi station I have ever seen. I have my main PC and two laptops backed up on it and feel so secure about it, I’m almost smug.”

Full article, and video report, here.

13 Comments

  1. Did the Detroit mayor have time capsule on his cell phone? The feds seemed to be able to go back and pull out thousands of text messages from years ago before they charged him with 7 felonies. Now that’s what I call a backup!

    Detroit Free Press — get on it!

  2. Backups should never have been tedious. I have Time Capsule, which is great. You can’t boot up from it.

    I have had for a long time a LaCie disk, and I backup using SuperDuper regularly. You CAN boot up from SuperDuper – AND it’s simple and automatic.

    It took me weeks years ago to try to reconstruct my large files after a crash. I never did get everything back. I learned my lesson about backups.

  3. Never feel smug, as it is next door to hubris.

    Tempting the great computer in the sky leads to drive failure, software corruption, data loss, sinking stomach, heartache, loss of job, empty bank, poverty, loneliness, doom….

    Mind you, TC’s considerably better than nothing; just don’t feel smug about it is all!

  4. Backups should never have been tedious. I have Time Capsule, which is great. You can’t boot up from it.

    I have had for a long time a LaCie disk, and I backup using SuperDuper regularly. You CAN boot up from SuperDuper – AND it’s simple and automatic.

    It took me weeks years ago to try to reconstruct my large files after a crash. I never did get everything back. I learned my lesson about backups.

    i believe you can boot using time machine – you just need your system disk to do it. (but, i use superduper as well for monthly backups.)

  5. @ron:

    Boot from the OS Install DVD, and choose the option to restore from a Time Machine backup. It’s actually quite modular, considering if you drove over your MacBook Pro, and bought a newer revision, you wouldn’t have to worry about possible hardware incompatibilities (Santa Rosa anyone?)

  6. It is true. I just had a problem, two days ago with my iMac at home. I had to reinstall it from scratch, and Tim Capsule was such a savior. It saved everything… Even the little things that I had, like the Japanese / English keyboard function.

    Thank you Apple… Now, start working on the OS and fix these little bugs and slow downs… It’ll be perfect.

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