1st gen time capsule harddrive replacement & fan mod (with pictures)


macrumors 6502
Original poster
Oct 18, 2010
Vancouver, British Columbia
I've had my 1st gen TC since its been released and its been running flawlessly for many years. I've read many horror stories online about the TCs breaking down but fortunately I've had no issues. at this time the 1tb hd isn't enough for my backup needs so I'm installing a 2tb western digital caviar green hard drive.
I'm also doing a fan mod by cutting a hole in the metal tray to allow better airflow. overall the install was pretty easy and took about half a day. i must warn you guys its not the prettiest job and i would do somethings differently if i had to do it again.

heat up the rubber with a blowdryer and peal it off slowly

remove the 10 screws

bottom tray removed

old 1tb hard drive

new 2tb western digital caviar green hard drive

remove the screws from the old hard drive and install them on the new hard drive

remove the fan by pushing out the rubber tabs. (its a lot harder to install the tabs back into the plate.i used a tiny bit of dish soup on each tab to help them slide in easier)

fan removed

cut a hole in the rubber backing and metal tray

i added a fine metal mesh so protect the fan from debris

i also made 10 holes in the rubber where the screw holes are. doing this will allow me to open up the TC without pealing the rubber backing off.



macrumors 6502a
Feb 5, 2007
great guide,

Im curious, what would you do differently, and do you know if you can add a 3TB drive?


macrumors 6502a
Feb 5, 2007
I don't know why I thought that the OS on the TC didn't accept bigger than 2TB. Yeah it looks kind of horrible, but the only time I have ever seem the bottom of my tc was when I installed it about 4 years ago! So who cares. Those things can run HOT, so I hope your vent helps.

I think ill start looking for a cheap drive to put in there!
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