Forum Question: How To Use Two Time Capsules At Home?

I have a single Time Capsule I use at home. It is used as a Time Machine for five Macs (MBP and 4 MBA). I am considering replacing the MBP with a newer model. The four MBA are for my children and and these are used for school more than anything else. I’d like to consider using a new Time Capsule exclusively for the new MBP. What I am unsure about is how to set this up. Do you have any suggestions how this could work?
Mike Wheless

Comments: 6 Responses to “How To Use Two Time Capsules At Home?”

    4/7/16 @ 6:19 am

    It should be pretty straight-forward. Plug in the new drive to the MBP. Then Go to System Preferences, Time Machine and click Select Disk. Select the new drive and you are good to go. The first backup will take a while, so don’t turn your Mac off until it is done — maybe do that overnight.

    Mike w
    4/7/16 @ 3:13 pm

    I wanted to use the second time capsule in a wifi function. That is, without having to plug it in. I already use the first TC this way. I wanted to change TM preferences to eliminate the old TC and add the new. Do I just power up the new TC and wait for the MBP to detect the device and go from there?

    4/7/16 @ 3:48 pm

    Mike: Try it, you’ll see. Just get the drive mounted and do it like you would for a connected drive.

    Mike w
    4/7/16 @ 6:36 pm

    Gary, Thanks. I’ll give it a try and post what happens (waiting to buy the new MBP first). My concerns were that so many other help suggestions made it seem so complicated with “bridge mode” and Ethernet connections etc. my hunch was confirmed by your suggestion. I’ll use Airport Utility and let it “just work”.

    Dingus Carolyn
    4/8/16 @ 10:56 am

    I want to use 2 drives for backup with Time Machine, with 2 data drives assigned to 1 TM drive, and one photograph drive assigned to the other TM drive. This is because of the varying size of the drives and TMs inability to backup the largest (photograph drive) using the normal scheme.

    4/8/16 @ 2:56 pm

    Carolyn: Time Machine doesn’t have that option. It keeps things simple. But you can exclude things in the Time Machine control panel, so try it. Try using two ™ backup drives and excluding the whole drives as you want from each. I suspect that the exclusions would be the same across both backups, so you can’t do this. But maybe it will allow you to use different exclusions for each. Do it and report back — it would be a lot of work for me to try it since it would mean messing with my current setup.

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