How To Use Time Machine When AirPort Time Capsule Disconnected

Apple discontinuing the AirPort line is a bitter pill that kills many Mac enthusiasts loving the no-nonsense. However, even when the Time Capsule will no longer be more, Mac users can still take advantage of Time Machine for the backup and recovery purposes in their post-AirPort world. Here’s how to do it!

Discontinued but still supporting

Apple has confirmed that the company and other authorized resellers will still sell AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time Capsule. Apple will be helping customers to get service for the next 5years. So, if you have just purchased a new Time Capsule or an Extreme, you should not worry as you’ll be covered for the next 5 years. Using it as the main backup device is still an ideal solution.

When your Time Capsule is configured, your MacOS will check the backup disk in Time Machine preferences as a backup location.

How to use an attached disk drive

Apple can easily format an attached disk device for Time Machine purposes with the help of Time Machine’s preferences pane. So, this method will make use of the whole drive as a Time Machine backup location. To do so

  1. Go to System Preferences and choose Time Machine.
  2. Click on Select Backup Disk
  3. Next, choose your external Disk Device.
  4. Click on Use Disk.
  5. Format the drive by clicking on Erase.

How to use another Mac

If you are looking for a solution to back up multiple Macs to a single location, then you can turn a mac into the “repository” of all backups for Time Machine using a shared folder. To do so:

On the remote Mac:

  1. Launch the Finder.
  2. Choose one of your hard drives to create a New Folder.
  3. Rename it to Time Machine.
  4. Go to System Preferences.
  5. Choose Sharing
  6. Turn File Sharing on
  7. Click on the + icon.
  8. Add your recently created Time Machine folder.
  9. Click the Time Machine
  10. Choose Advanced Options.
  11. Turn on Share as a Time Machine Backup Destination.
  12. Set your desired storage size and click on OK.

On the Local Mac:

  1. First, click on Apple icon and navigate to System Preferences.
  2. From there, choose Time Machine.
  3. Click on Select Backup Disk option
  4. Choose the Time Machine folder that you’ve previously created on the remote machine.
  5. Next, continue to choose Use Disk.

Also read: How to remove photos and videos in Photos app for macOS

Use a supported NAS device

In case you don’t want to use one of your Mac devices as a storage location since you need more robust storage features, using the third party NAS devices like the Diskstation by Synology will give you more options. Two of them include allowing your Macs to “see” a Time Machine capable and “share” for you to back up to.

What is your opinion? Will you be using AirPort Time Capsule or using Time Machine? Let’s know in the comment below.

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