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Plus de place dans votre Time Capsule ? Ce guide décrit comment changer le disque dur Seagate 2TB d'origine à un 6TB WD Green de votre Time Capsule A1470.

  1. Avertissement Risque de choc électrique: Débranchez la capsule Time et débranchez le câble d'alimentation et tous les autres câbles avant de commencer. Soyez conscient que les condensateurs internes peuvent conserver une charge dangereuse.
    • Avertissement Risque de choc électrique: Débranchez la capsule Time et débranchez le câble d'alimentation et tous les autres câbles avant de commencer. Soyez conscient que les condensateurs internes peuvent conserver une charge dangereuse.

    • Outils utilisés: Spudgers en métal et en plastique, tournevis Torx T8 et pinces (en option). La fine baguette de bois montrée à droite est destinée à être poussée à l'intérieur de l'extrémité de l'appareil, donc elle doit être plus longue que la hauteur de la Time Capsule.

    • Vous aurez également besoin d'un scalpel, ou d'un petit couteau artisanal pointu.

    Poindexter point: the # of retention lugs on the base goes to ‘11’… which is ‘more than 10’ but less than 12. The back of the unit has only 2, not 3 like the other3 sides. Facing the unit, upside down, with the light/dot in the upper left corner, it is best to access via the right side back 2/3s of the unti where there is the most space and free room. If you are facing the unit, upside down, this would be at the2 & 3 o’clock position, fighter pilot wise…

    ference janos - Replica

  2. La base est maintenue en place par douze pattes de retenue en plastique uniformément espacées autour du périmètre intérieur. Faites glisser un spudger mince et solide entre la base et le corps (pas trop loin) pour relever doucement le bord de la base, en essayant de ne pas marquer ou endommager le plastique doux. Il y a des câbles placés «trop près pour le confort» sur la base à l'avant et à l'arrière de l'unité - de sorte que le démarrage à gauche ou à droite semble un pari plus sûr.
    • La base est maintenue en place par douze pattes de retenue en plastique uniformément espacées autour du périmètre intérieur.

    • Faites glisser un spudger mince et solide entre la base et le corps (pas trop loin) pour relever doucement le bord de la base, en essayant de ne pas marquer ou endommager le plastique doux.

    • Il y a des câbles placés «trop près pour le confort» sur la base à l'avant et à l'arrière de l'unité - de sorte que le démarrage à gauche ou à droite semble un pari plus sûr.

    • Une fois qu'un côté est débranché, les choses se désassemble plus facilement - travaillez progressivement autour du périmètre doucement avec le spudger jusqu'à ce que la base finisse par sortir, en faisant un bruit, comme une capsule de bouteille de soda

    • Attention, car l'enveloppe en plastique blanc peut se soulever de manière alarmante, et le plastique noir est assez mince dans certains endroits - vous pouvez voir une partie endommagée.

    I just did the hard drive swap. Here are a few tips about this step.

    I used a plastic spudger, a box cutter knife and some strips of an old plastic card (old credit card). The sharp, pointy tip of the box cutter can help get you started to find a gap between the base and the white plastic. Then once you have a gap, you can twist the box cutter blade a bit to wedge in the spudger to create a bigger gap. Now there is space to insert a few strips of the plastic card around the gaps to keep the gaps open as you work around the rest of the base.

    Definitely start from the two sides of the base (rather than the front or back), there are no wires there to damage.

    Ken Cheung - Replica

  3. Une plaque métallique supérieure, un câble d'alimentation et trois câbles délicats gardent l'entrée de la baie de disque dur de l'entrée. Le câble d'alimentation avec prise montée se retire facilement. Le retrait de quatre vis Torx T8 libère la plaque. Utilisez un tournevis T8, car il est imprudent d'économiser sur ce tournevis, car un autre outils risque de les arrondir.
    • Une plaque métallique supérieure, un câble d'alimentation et trois câbles délicats gardent l'entrée de la baie de disque dur de l'entrée.

    • Le câble d'alimentation avec prise montée se retire facilement.

    • Le retrait de quatre vis Torx T8 libère la plaque. Utilisez un tournevis T8, car il est imprudent d'économiser sur ce tournevis, car un autre outils risque de les arrondir.

    • Une fois que les quatre vis sont enlevées, la plaque métallique se soulève simplement.

  4. Débranchez trois câbles minces et délicats de la carte PCB. Le plus grand câble ① se détache sans trop de problèmes, en le glissant doucement dans un même plan que le PCB - mais les autres connecteurs  très fragiles sont une histoire différente. Les deux plus petits connecteurs ② & ③ ne se déconnectent pas comme le premier - malgré les apparences, ils s'écartent directement de la carte PCB (crédit Feanor - merci - voir les références en conclusion). Placez un petit spudger en plastique au dessus des deux connecteurs, derrière les fils et, tirez doucement vers l'avant - cliquez, et détachez chaque connecteur.
    • Débranchez trois câbles minces et délicats de la carte PCB. Le plus grand câble ① se détache sans trop de problèmes, en le glissant doucement dans un même plan que le PCB - mais les autres connecteurs très fragiles sont une histoire différente.

    • Les deux plus petits connecteurs ② & ③ ne se déconnectent pas comme le premier - malgré les apparences, ils s'écartent directement de la carte PCB (crédit Feanor - merci - voir les références en conclusion).

    • Placez un petit spudger en plastique au dessus des deux connecteurs, derrière les fils et, tirez doucement vers l'avant - cliquez, et détachez chaque connecteur.

    My connectors, for 2 & 3, did not pull directly away from the PCB. I tried that and it broke one pin on #2. On my model, they were designed to slide along the PCB.

    Hal Vaughan - Replica

    I broke connector 2, looks like it is just temperature sensor

    mmanzur2005 - Replica

    [|My cable 3 was very tightly attached to one of its pins and despite my gentle prying, the pin broke off and remains in the cord cap. Any suggestions for rectifying this problem? pin missing here:] http://spydell.net/TimeCapsuleGuts/3rdPi... [|cord cap showing pin still in it:] http://spydell.net/TimeCapsuleGuts/cordC...

    rspydell - Replica

    I have the same problem with the connector and the tiny connectors came out of the connector the one in picture two the pin are still connected but the wires came off. so what would it cost to fix and the airport works as a router at this time.. since I stop at this point.. not sure since those wires can’t be connected since the hd failed at this time

    gary in so cal

    Gary Hidalgo - Replica

    I recommend as a novice don’t try it and if you’re blind stop!! have the proper tools first

    Gary Hidalgo - Replica

    I think connectors 2 & 3 unplug relatively easily; one needs to carefully use a pointed (not sharp) tool. try to wedge-in the edge of the tool right between the circuit board and the cables (of the 3- or 4-cabled connector), then just try to use the tool as a lever to pop the connector off the plastic plug.

    NO need to use brute force - ONLY gentle moves are required :)

    Vasileios - Replica

    What to do when connectors 2+3

    broke? It is easy to replace the pin connectors?

    baur.ma - Replica

    Connectors 2&3 are definitely delicate. They do unclip towards the direction of the bottom/base of the Time Capsule. I was successful with unclipping them using an improvised tool. I had the top of a cat food tin (one of those with a pull tab and then the entire top of the tin comes off) and I cut a long straight piece of this somewhat soft metal with a pair of scissors. With this long , narrow but still soft metal piece, I was able to gently get behind each of connectors 2&3 and gently twisted my metal strip to pop the connectors off.

    Worked like a charm.

    Ken Cheung - Replica

    Think of connectors 2 and 3 as being similar to DIP ICs in sockets: you gently pry the edges middle up from the PCB, as opposed to how Connect 1 pulls away from the PCB like it was an edge connector.

    Michael Tardiff - Replica

    Connectors 2 and 3 (and also the reset connector) can be very easily detached with a needle! Yes, ordinary, usual, common needle! Never try to detach the connectors by pulling the wires or transfer the power via the wires. Not working. Damage imminent. Put the needle tip just behind the wires - try to find that tiny micro slit betwen the connector head and the board - and slightly push out (use the needle like a lever). The connectors pop out as a charm.

    Lojza - Replica

  5. Un coussinet en caoutchouc se soulève  pour révéler le disque dur en dessous. il ne faut pas encore l'extraire - il reste la prise SATA et le connecteur d'alimentation à enlever d'abord. Le connecteur SATA comporte une paire de cosses à chaque extrémité - Utilisé doucement le coin d'un spudger en plastique ou une pince à épiler et déplacez le connecteur hors du lecteur. Le connecteur SATA comporte une paire de cosses à chaque extrémité - Utilisé doucement le coin d'un spudger en plastique ou une pince à épiler et déplacez le connecteur hors du lecteur.
    • Un coussinet en caoutchouc se soulève pour révéler le disque dur en dessous. il ne faut pas encore l'extraire - il reste la prise SATA et le connecteur d'alimentation à enlever d'abord.

    • Le connecteur SATA comporte une paire de cosses à chaque extrémité - Utilisé doucement le coin d'un spudger en plastique ou une pince à épiler et déplacez le connecteur hors du lecteur.

    I had to cut the rubber pad, too. Using a 6TB WD Red.

    Jan Andreas Knudsen - Replica

  6. Tirez le lecteur - c'est un ajustement assez serré. Au bas du trou se trouvent deux segments en caoutchouc où le disque est habituellement posé. Malheureusement, ce sont des formes personnalisées pour correspondre exactement à la forme du disque dur d'origine et ne seront les mêmes dans le nouveau disque  dans lequel il a un profil différent. Les deux segments de caoutchouc doivent être découpés, puis placés à l'intérieur, ce qui est assez délicat, mais faisable à l'aide d'un long outil en bois mince, comme un baguette, pour les sortir et les remettre en place. Vérifiez que les segments découpés sont à la fois situés dans la position correcte au bas de la baie du lecteur avant de continuer.
    • Tirez le lecteur - c'est un ajustement assez serré. Au bas du trou se trouvent deux segments en caoutchouc où le disque est habituellement posé. Malheureusement, ce sont des formes personnalisées pour correspondre exactement à la forme du disque dur d'origine et ne seront les mêmes dans le nouveau disque dans lequel il a un profil différent.

    • Les deux segments de caoutchouc doivent être découpés, puis placés à l'intérieur, ce qui est assez délicat, mais faisable à l'aide d'un long outil en bois mince, comme un baguette, pour les sortir et les remettre en place.

    • Vérifiez que les segments découpés sont à la fois situés dans la position correcte au bas de la baie du lecteur avant de continuer.

  7. Faites glisser le nouveau lecteur en place, en veillant à ce que les câbles ne soient pas entravés. Assurez-vous que le variateur est correctement installé dans les segments de caoutchouc récemment taillés et non  mal installé. Rebrancher le lecteur SATA / Connecteur d'alimentation Le coussin en caoutchouc supérieur nécessite également une nouvelle découpe pour accueillir le disque de remplacement de 6 To.
    • Faites glisser le nouveau lecteur en place, en veillant à ce que les câbles ne soient pas entravés. Assurez-vous que le variateur est correctement installé dans les segments de caoutchouc récemment taillés et non mal installé.

    • Rebrancher le lecteur SATA / Connecteur d'alimentation

    • Le coussin en caoutchouc supérieur nécessite également une nouvelle découpe pour accueillir le disque de remplacement de 6 To.

    6 TB this is maximum size support?

    Ilia Bagaev - Replica

    I saw that on Mac Rumors someone replaced it with an 8TB drive.

    Andy Milne - Replica

    I replaced the drive with a Seagate Barracuda 4TB. With this drive, there was no need to trim any of the rubber bumpers (top or bottom) at all.

    Ken Cheung - Replica

    I can hereby confirm, that my Time Capsule (A1470) managed to handle the 8TB drive, which I put into it yesterday. 8TB WD RED is now in place, silently and happily backing up all the MacBooks we have in our family. On the practical side, everything went well, no issue with cutting the rubber bumpers.

    Lojza - Replica

    I’ve updated my TC to 4TB Segate Barracuda https://amzn.to/2RFLCNK without any problems. New disk was ~30% thinner than old one and fits perfectly without any cut work.

    Vladimir - Replica

    I upgraded to an 8TB Barracuda which was a perfect fit - no trimming. When I got it connected, I bench tested it and in the airport utility it said the drive needed service. I took it back apart, connected it to a Mac, use the disk utility to format the disk (Extended, Journaled, GUID Partition Table) , copied the APConfig and APSwap partitions (1.07GB each) from the old drive, used the rest for the “Data” partition. The APConfig partition has a single key file on it. This time it worked. So, for whatever reason an unformatted drive didn’t work for me. Seems to be working just fine with the 8TB drive!

    ekobres - Replica

  8. Les deux connecteurs de câble délicats sont reconnectés au PCB en les mettant en place, en les pressant doucement sur leurs connexions respectives avec l'outil en bois précité. Le plus grand des trois connecteurs glisse dans sa prise sans problème.
    • Les deux connecteurs de câble délicats sont reconnectés au PCB en les mettant en place, en les pressant doucement sur leurs connexions respectives avec l'outil en bois précité.

    • Le plus grand des trois connecteurs glisse dans sa prise sans problème.

    • Placez le câble d'alimentation et la prise de courant dans son support à l'intérieur de l'étui.

    • Rebranchez la plaque métallique à l'aide des quatre vis retirées plus tôt avec le tournevis Torx T8.

    • Enfin, re fixez la base en plastique noir pour fermer l'unité - et il est temps de tester ...

    • Lancez Airport Utility pour vérifier que le disque est reconnu OK et l'effacer le cas échéant.

    Replaced a dead 2TB Seagate Barracuda with a 4 TB Barracuda. The base of the new drive was slightly smaller than the old one, so the rubber didn’t require any surgery. I took someone’s advice not to completely assemble it without testing. I’m glad I did, it had an overheating error. The larger of the two small connectors was not fully seated. I did need to erase the new drive, as expected, but everything is sweet now. The base is held on by 11 retention lugs on my machine, not 12 as stated in your instructions. There is no lug above the power connector.

    Jerry Stoebe - Replica

    Neue 4TB eingebaut. Das ganze Gerät war danach tot. 2x gestartet, alles nochmal aus und eingebaut. Irgendwann fuhr es doch hoch, Platte formatiert und fertig! Diese Platte habe ich neu eingebaut: WD Blue 4TB Interne Festplatte (8,9 cm (3,5 Zoll)), SATA 6 Gb/s BULK WD40EZRZ

    Donfiluzzo - Replica

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Cascade

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Considering the pain of pulling the base off the device, I'd recommend testing the new drive before putting that back on. I had an old Mac Mini with the same design, and it was an absolute pain to upgrade the RAM and HDD for the same reasons. Nothing like realizing that the SATA port isn't _quite_ seated right after reassembling the whole thing... O_O

David Rogers - Replica

Absolutely — as soon as you have the cables hooked up to the drive and board again, you can just plug the power cable into the jack even before re-seating it, check the drive out and then finish with the plate, power jack and base.

Geoffrey Wiseman -

Thank you for this step-by-step lesson. Apart from a skinned finger joint and playing hide and seek with a mounting screw, my 2TB Airport Time Capsule now has a 5TB Seagate drive that fit perfectly into the rubber mounting blocks. Those pesky micro connectors are not designed to be fitted by fat old Western fingers. And yes, having fiddled with Macs of yore, I too have leart it pays to test a drive in situ before reassembling.

chrislewis1 - Replica

I put in a WD Green 3 TB disk(WD30EZRX), everything came apart and went together fine, but when I started it back up, still have the same issue of "internal disk needs repair". Any ideas on what the problem might be?

C K - Replica

"Launch Airport Utility to check the disk is recognised OK, and erase it if necessary." Try repeating that last step in Airport Utility - your TimeCapsule may need to erase the disk itself before use.

Cascade -

When I go to airport utility, no disk is recognized. I've tried restarting and resetting the time capsule. If I go to the disks tab, the partitions list is just blank.

C K -

hi all if i dont have WD green wath you recomend?

Dionisie Vasilache - Replica

Thanks for this guide, I change 2 TB to 4 TB WD Green, and all is work perfect Now!!!

Dionisie Vasilache -

Hi guys! I want to know is it possible to put there the SSD drive to upgrade the speed read/write?! Is anybody do something?!

Stan - Replica

No point really. Remember that it is a NAS drive constrained by your network not forgetting the substantial price difference.

peterritchie186 -

I'm wondering if it is the best to use an SSD in a Time Capsule. Wouldn't all of that writing shorten the life of the memory cells? For a back-up source, I'd be concerned about having it die on me just when I need it and since you can't really get access to the status of the memory cell health while in the Time Capsule, you'll never know when it is going to die.

Also, I see a Danger warning for this repair. At which step should I be careful about doing the repair? I know all, but just would like to know at what stage and what elements should I be careful not to touch.

SkipR - Replica

I just did this procedure... The old 3TB drive had failed. Thanks for the instructions.

One comment. If you use Seagate NAS drives then you don't need to modify the rubber pads as indicated in step 6. So a simpler replacement, with no mods.

Thanks again.

philgrocks - Replica

Used a Seagate IronWolf NAS, still had to trim the pads — so maybe don’t worry about which drive to buy (or if you’re doing it in person, just bring the pads and see if you can find a drive that fits them well.

Trimming the pads isn’t THAT much of a pain in the grand scheme of this project anyhow. I was much more worried about possibly snapping a cable.

Geoffrey Wiseman -

Dear Philgrocks,

do you mean Seagate NAS drives as the Seagate 10TB IronWolf Pro 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s 256MB Cache 3.5-Inch NAS Hard Disk Drive (ST10000NE0004) that is available on Amazon?

Will this drive fit inside without need to modify the rubber pads?

Thanks for a kind answer.

Giorgio Piras - Replica

Just replaced a failed 2TB with a HGST Deskstar NAS 3.5-Inch 6TB 7200RPM SATA III from Amazon. Lower rubber pads required no modification, top rubber pad needed minor trimming. After booting it back up Airport Utility still said 'internal disk needs repair' so I did a quick erase as suggested and it works great now! Thanks for the instructions!

proud2beod - Replica

Can someone please be specific about what HD was originally in the Time Capsule? I'm kind of surprised it's not in the notes, not in the photos, nothing. I'd rather get the same/similar drive so I don't have to modify the rubber supports. I'd also like to be able to order the replacement ahead of time before opening the enclosure. Thanks.

Richard Forester - Replica

The introduction says it's a 2TB Seagate drive. I don't know what the original drive is in the 3TB Time Capsule, but see philgrocks and chrislewis1's comments posted above for a couple of replacement suggestions. This Time Capsule design A1470 has been available for several years, so it is possible that the internal drive used may vary over this period. The one removed from mine was a Seagate Barracuda 2000GB, Model ST2000DM001.

Cascade -

I used this guide to replace the old noisy fan. Not really easy but thanks to this guide I made it. Thanks

gedenis - Replica

Worked great no problem other than I broke one of the holes on the base while removing it but it reassembled with no problems. Hard to see all the small bits for an older guy might want to get a magnifying lens or similar.

Martin Zardecki - Replica

I recently bought a WD40E31X (4TB SSHD) disk and thought if it is a good idea to install it on the TC 2013 (2TB originally) or better use it as an external disk using a USB3 box.

https://www.amazon.com/Blue-SSHD-Desktop...

Cristian Contreras - Replica

Just replaced original Seagate Barracuda 2000GB with WD Blue 4TB. Replacement was straightforward other than trimming rubber drive holders to fit. Did a quick erase of drive and an upgrade of the Time Capsule software. Time Machine saw new drive right off and have the backup running!

Thanks....

Mike Kosche - Replica

used the seagate NAS 8 TB on sale from Amazon. Directions were perfect; reformatted and up and running; time around 1.5 hours because my trimming wasn't good enough the first time and the drive didn't sit down far enough for the metal plate/torx screws to go on nicely; slight re-do but everything worked great. PS. Pair of long nosed pliers worked well to remove and re-place the rubber pads at the bottom of the cavity for the hard drive.

Alex Abler - Replica

Confirmed it works fine with Seagate Barracuda 4TB ST4000DM005. Didn't need to trim rubber since it was replacing original Seagate Barracuda 2TB (same profile). Thanks.

dadioh - Replica

Thanks a lot for the guide. I managed to replace the HDD by a WD Blue 6 TB drive WD60EZRZ. Has been working fine so far.

Christoph Hollwich - Replica

Thanks for good instructions; just replaced a failing drive with a Seagate ST8000NM0055 (8TB).

One hint for step four: the three cables are routed together across the top of the drive. Gently pulling them apart and away from the rubber pad on the top of the drive makes them a little easier to get off the PCB.

Bradley Dilger - Replica

Hi Bradley, have you had any trouble with the drive as it has 512 emulation and not native 4K? Thinking of buying the same HDD as you. Thanks, Andrew.

Andrew Veary -

Hello and congrats for the guide. However while trying to remove the drive I accidentally pulled the small cables and bent their insertion points in shown in step 4 point 2. Does anyone have an idea if they relate to the disk or the router part? in case they relate to the disk could I still use it as a router in case the connections are damaged?

Thank you

mla - Replica

I have exactly the same issue: two smaller connectors are so small and I broke it !

---> Good news, the TC look working fine without ... Any people know the usage ?

clarennequentin -

Why a GREEN? >>> Green is not suitable for 24/7 operation.

WD RED is for a NAS enclosure, like the time capsule.

Benefits of RED (8TB):

High speed (serial 180 MB / s) for the hard disk to 5,400 rev / min

Low power consumption

Moderate noise levels

Optimized for 24×7 in NAS systems

bowers.matthew - Replica

Could you tell me if you tried a WD red and if everything is fine? Thanks!

Jeremy -

Thanks for instructions, replaced the drive with a 6TB Toshiba TOSHIBA X300 HDWE160 7200 rpm, 128MB buffer. Looks fine.

Evren Er - Replica

Does anyone know the exact specs of the 2 small connectors? Are they JST connectors?

Aurelien - Replica

I just installed a WD Red Pro 6TB in my 2013 TC. The old drive just went away, could not access it. After I removed it I tried to access it using a drive doc connected to my iMac with USB, and it could be seen, but when I tried to reformat with secure erase it had errors.

When I started the TC, the Air Port util said it was possibly overheating, and the fan came on full blast. I checked my cables, and re-seated the larger of the three cables. When I powered it up again I still had the error message, but the fan did not come on. I was able to format the disk, and I quit out of the Air Port util, and restarted the AP util, and everything was normal. I am now backing my iMac and MacBook Pro. Our household also has another iMac and Mac Book which I will back up tomorrow. I used the 6TB WD Red Pro only because I had one "on the shelf", but it is a very good disk that hopefully will last a long time. Been on 7 hours and running cool. At the prices, why fool with anything else?

Eric - Replica

I just successfully finished the replacement of the 3TB Baracuda drive by a 4TB WD red drive. I initially tried it with my own old Tools, but failed in steps 3/4. I then bought your tool box and due to the better tools (namely the blue plastic parts) I could remove the old drive. In order to put the newly trimmed rubber segments in place I set them in place on the new drive and used OKS 1110 Multi-Silicone Grease to coat the outer parts of the rubber segments. This made it possible to insert the drive and the rubber segments much more easily into the cave.

Thanks for the good description. Full points for the author.

Albrecht Däweritz - Replica

Thank you so much for the instructions! I just successfully finished the replacement with (Seagate ST10000NE0004 Iron Wolf Pro 10TB Internal Hard) and I can confirm everything works just fine.

https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B01M4FU...

Note: Both rubber pads inside will still need to be slightly trimmed as written in "Step 6".

Daniel Brown - Replica

I just destroyed my time capsule trying to do step 4 getting wires 2 and 3 off. I think mine had become fused to the board because mine is as old as possible since I got mine when first released. BE CAREFUL if you try to do this to a model that has been in place for a long time.

Mike Schinkel - Replica

Interesting but unnecessary. Just buy a standard USB 3 2.5” drive and connect it via USB to the capsule. Won’t look really fancy - but devices like a TimeCapsule are normally placed out of direct sight. The advantage is, that you can easily replace the external drive and extend it with a better model from time to time without risk of damage and within no time. External 2.5” drives are available with drives up to 4 TB and do not need external power source. So you would have the internal memory + external memory. It’s that simple ;-)

Gumba Mumba - Replica

I work for Apple, specifically in the Wireless multimedia department, and while your advice is sound, and advice I frequently give to customers with Time Capsules who ask about fixing the drive.

However, it is preferable to have a drive with an external power supply because the USB port on the back of the unit does not draw a lot of power.

You can actaully get a powerd USB hub, attach it, and add up to six USB drives.

Norman Taylor -

Ah… And do not waste money on SSDs. You won’t have any advantage. Wireless is slow, USB is a bit faster but not comparable to SATA interface (regardless if SATA I, II or III - okay, if you have connection via USB 3, that SATA I and II will be slower). WIFI brings up to 1 GBit / s under ideal circumstances. USB 3 will bring up to 5 GBit / s - but has some latency and overhead. SATA III will bring 6 GBit/s. It doesn’t matter if you put a SSD into the case or not - it’s just waste of money and reliability. The TimeCapsule is not a NAS - it’s intended for use as backup device. Use a enterprise grade hard drive for backup /archiving. It may be a bit slow compared to NAS drives or SSDs, but for TimeCapsule it is fast enough and - more important - extremely reliable.

Gumba Mumba - Replica

I can install 10TB or 8TB hdd ?

Ilia Bagaev - Replica

I had no problem with 6 TB drive, installed in August and still working great, but I have no idea if there is a size limit. Apple only sells 2 TB and 3 TB versions, but since 6 TB has worked, even larger drives may work, you just have to try and see. Be careful with the cables, they are very delicate.

Eric - Replica

Installed a 6GB Seagate NAS drive to replace the 3GB Seagate Barracuda that was in there. This is like my fourth 3GB Barracuda to die on me, thanks, Seagate. I didn’t even know that’s what was in this Time Capsule, or I would have expected this hard drive death sooner.

Was hoping that by getting the Seagate NAS, I wouldn’t have to trim the rubber, but I had to trim it quite a bit anyway. The cables are super-finicky — delicate, with not a lot of extra slack, and I had to do it twice because I didn't trim enough the first time. Still, all went well, nothing broke in a serious way during the replacement, and the drive is recognized.

If Apple would update these with newer hardware, mesh networking and higher capacity drives, I’d probably just have bought another one, but I couldn’t handle spending $500 for out-of-date hardware, so I ended up doing this instead.

I am waiting for first backup to complete. Thanks for the solid replacement guide.

Geoffrey Wiseman - Replica

This guide was great — I successfully upgraded my hard drive (6TB WD Green) and replaced the fan due to continuous warnings about over heating. The fan replacement required removal of the entire unit from the white enclosure and with some careful examination it is clear how this all comes apart and fits together… would be good to have a guide that walks through all the steps involved in doing a fan replacement since that seems to be a common problem. I am now happily using my new 6TB, cool (due to new fan) device.

Larry Henry - Replica

Superb info

i stripped mine down

cleaned fan of all dust

oiled fan spindle

all working 100%

Harry - Replica

Just performed an upgrade with a WD 8TB red NAS drive, cleaned and lubricated the fan, after initial power up, it saw no drive, unplugged it, tapped it a few times on the metal plate , and off it went, now erasing the drive with the Airport Utility, 4 times the space, !&&* yeah.

Thomas - Replica

This worked a treat for me. The small connectors were well tricky but my TimeMachine is now back to backing up. An $85 repair all sorted. Thanks.

Glenn Powell - Replica

Hi everyone, for those who had the hard drive died on you before the upgrade, did the time capsule have any warnings or it just died out of a sudden?

Michael Ambious - Replica

I have had three different time capsules and two of them have had drive failures. One is very old, and has had two drive failures, and the other one, the tall version, has had one drive failure. Each drive failure happened with no warning.

However, it is very unlikely that you will have a drive failure on your time capsule at the same time your drive on the Mac you are backing up will fail, so I would not worry too much.

Over the years, I have had to restore several iMac’s and MacBooks from Time Capsule. Every time I had to do that, the restore went perfectly.

Due to the information being stored on my main iMac, mainly our families photos, but other stuff too, I have two back up resources. Besides a Time Capsule, I have a small 2 TB WD “My Passport for Mac” plugged into my iMac. This is inexpensive, very small and powers from the USB port. “Just in case!”

Having two backups also is helpful if you need to use Time Machine to recover a file that you delete and later find you need, and your TC backup fails.

Eric - Replica

Pulling the base apart

It took me around 2 minutes. I used a blunt knife, put it near the middle and bended careful the white plastic from the base and pushed a cable tie in. Than the 2 lugs left and right from the middle. Around the next line 3 cable ties in and than the third side. The side with the cable sockets as 4th side i left out. Than careful with the knife again opposite side from the cable sockets. Careful pushing the base up. Little help left and right and the base popped easy out. Hope this helps others a bit.

horst.droge - Replica

Thanks very much for the procedure, the notes and all of the hard drive info. I settled on a 4TB WD Red NAS. It’s going through it’s 9 hour erase now. I’m confident it’ll be ready when I wake up tomorrow. If not, I’ll be back.

On the hard drive note, I would have bought an HGST or Hitachi if I had the cash sloshing around but I budget my slush cash for tube amps and guitars and this unit is for my home computer so the WD Red looked to be good enough. If it was my work unit, I would have gone with the HGST or Hitachi.

ference janos - Replica

I replace by 2TB with a Seagate Ironwolf 4TB (ST4000VN008). The rubber mounts (all of them) did not need any trimming at all. The Ironwolf casing is pretty much identical to the original Barracuda.

Ray W - Replica

I successfully installed a Seagate IronWolf 12TB hard drive. I had to shave the rubber mounts, but otherwise all is working well. I previously had a 2TB Time Capsule, but with 2 iMacs and a MacBook Pro, that was no longer cutting it.

rattlerjw - Replica

I just bought a second TC that was upgraded to 4 GB. Is there a way to see what kind of drive was used for replacement?

Yoto Yosiama - Replica

Awesome instructions. I put a WD 6TB NAS drive (WD60EFRX) in as a replacement. Works great.

Thank you.

Dale Horne - Replica

Thanks a lot. Without the instructions I wouldn’t have tried at all, but now I did. Not to upgrade the drive (which I guess I should have, seeing how much effort it was), but to replace the fan, which was going to fail. Apparently it had too much resistance to run well at low speeds, which was compensated by running at full speed for some time every half hour or so, even when the drive was not in use.

In my 2 TB TC, there were some slight differences/things to be aware of when taking out the whole frame. There is a third tiny cable that you need to disconnect before you take out the guts of this thing. It has only two wires (so this is the smallest of them all!) for the reset button. All in all there’s connectors for power, fan, status LED, and reset button. Also, be careful with the ports part; you need to slightly slide them out of and into place (just a few millimeters). Lastly, the 2 screws in the ‘bottom’, holding the contents were T8, not T10 in my case.

Bert Dorhout - Replica

I nearly did it!

I got both connectors 2 + 3 off but on closer inspection one of the silver pins on number 2 came out and I lost it. I don’t know if it will function properly with only 3 of the 4 pins so not sure whether to bother buying a replacement drive. If anyone knows what it does I would be grateful.

Thanks this is a great resource.

Peter - Replica

2TB to 6TB a no brainier upgrade for a small amount of money. I used a 6TB Seagate Iron Wolf which fitted with only a little pearing of the lower rubber mounts. Great instructions, thank you!

peterritchie186 - Replica

Thanks so much for the concise guide. Not only got my Airport Time Capsule working again, but now with an 8Tb upgrade! It will be good to have backups again…..

Todd Killingsworth - Replica

Well done Cascade, now with a 4TB new HDD my Time Capsule is running fine, many thx!

I used a Seagate IronWolf 4 TB internal NAS HDD (SATA, 64 MB Cache, 5900 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s)

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Michael Kirchgaessner - Replica

Thank you for this guide. I very successfully replaced the original 3TB drive (after it failed) with a 4TB Seagate Barracuda HD. I followed the instructions and was extremely careful. Everything went very smoothly and the unit immediately fired up and worked after I reassembled it and plugged it in.

I added a few tips up above with a couple of steps to suggest some easy tools for the trickier parts of the HD replacement.

Ken Cheung - Replica

Just swapped out the 2000GB Seagate Barracuda HDD for a 4TB Seagate Ironwolf HDD. Everything went well and no trimming of the rubber pads was required! The instructions and comments here were invaluable in getting my Time Capsule up and running again! Thanks everyone!

dannyrabbittang - Replica

Awesome, it worked for me, many thanks!

darrenchristie - Replica

This guide is very well written and helped this upgrade go smoothly. I swapped out the stock Seagate 2TB drive for a Seagate 14TB drive, and apart from some X-Acto knife trimming on the rubber top piece before I put it back on, everything reinstalled smoothly and the Airport Utility formatted the drive without incident. Thank you!

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