to use time backup is it necessary to purchase a time capsule?

just purchased my first MAC, a new macbook latest edition

H-Squared Air Mount TC for Time Capsule

H-Squared Air Mount TC for Time Capsule

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3 Answers from the Community

  • Best Answer:

    No, you can actually use any external hard drive to use Time Machine, however, using a Time Capsule is the simplest method since it does not require you to plug in an external hard disk every time you want to back up your data. It simply runs in the background, keeping your data backed up.

  • No, you may designate a desktop drive if you wish.

  • No. I'm using a Seagate Free Agent on my Mac and an Iomega on my wife's Mac and both are fine--although the Seagate is ideally suited for Time Machine and is Mac-friendly in the "Mac version."