Another Time Capsule Grinding to an Early Death

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Capt. Morgan, Feb 16, 2018.

  1. Capt. Morgan macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2008
    Title says it all. After three years, my Time Capsule is making awful grinding sounds.

    In doing some searching it would seem the TC has a checkered history and does not really live up to Apple's normal standards, plus they have stopped developing the product. So it seems reasonable to expect whatever causes these things to die early is still unresolved.

    I could be pragmatic and say "it's only $300, just buy another". But it seems to me it's time to look elsewhere for a wifi/backup solution.

    Question (finally!): What are the options?
  2. Phil in ocala Suspended

    Phil in ocala

    Jul 14, 2016
    Mine puts out wifi signal but fails at backups.....
  3. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    "Question (finally!): What are the options?"

    There's nothing complicated about this:
    1. Get a new router (the new "mesh systems" look pretty good)
    2. Get a "standalone drive" for backups. It may not be "over the network", but that's not a problem. Just plug it into the Mac, backup, disconnect. Repeat when necessary.

    I WOULD NOT buy a new TC.
    Old tech and they are prone to problems (as you've discovered).
  4. bingeciren macrumors 6502a


    Sep 6, 2011
    Easy to replace the drive. I’ve done it to both of my time capsules to increase the drive size from 1tb to 3tb.
  5. Unami macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2010
    There are lots of routers or NAS-systems that support TM-Backup over Wifi. Or just replace the defect HD in the TC with a new one or a SSD.
  6. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2005
    Grinding is likely the drive, as others have noted, which is common to spinners. Definitely look in to replacing the drive vs the entire router.

    Only other big issue is the 4th gens' boards dying, you can bake em to get them going again.
  7. Apple fanboy macrumors Nehalem

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    Mines still working fine since I bought it in 2012. Guess it's the luck of the draw.
  8. RicD macrumors member


    May 12, 2010
    Yes, Mesh looks very good, a few friends move to Google WiFi, Mesh, and are very pleased with that system. Apple, either 2016 or 2017, stopped production of their routers and TC. Though Apple continues to sell and support them it could be they are clearing inventory. Mesh appears a much better system.
  9. Le Big Mac macrumors 68030

    Le Big Mac

    Jan 7, 2003
    Washington, DC
    Or buy an external and plug it into the USB port.
  10. bernuli macrumors 6502a

    Oct 10, 2011
    The only drive failures I have had recently have been with 3TB drives (though I think all from Seagate). Anyway I have been keeping it even and either buying 2TB or 4TB. This superstition for me has worked pretty well.
  11. bingeciren, Feb 16, 2018
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2018

    bingeciren macrumors 6502a


    Sep 6, 2011
    Works but slower than the internal drive because it is usb2. If you connect to the TC using the gigabit Ethernet, internal drive will be faster. Won’t make a huge difference for WiFi connection however. My desktop Mac is connected to the TC via Ethernet for instance.

    Slightly off the topic but I hate the Time Machine backups. Now and then it gets corrupt and backups stop. The only remedy is either to erase the entire backup and start fresh or, if you are lucky, erase the “in progress” file to save the backups. As a result, I switched to Carbon Copy Cloner (CCC). It is still possible to use the TC’s disk because CCC can backup to a sparse bundle just like the Time Machine.
    --- Post Merged, Feb 16, 2018 ---
    I’ve had two 2tb drives failed within the same year. One was WD, the other was Samsung. 7200 rpm drives have higher failure rates I believe and most manufacturers are no longer making them. Mind you both of my failed drives were 4200 rpm.

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