Dead Time Capsule Disposal

jsf721

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I have just replaced a dead time capsule where the power supply had failed. I do not see any screws and I want to remove and destroy the hard drive. I want to recycle it to trow it away but not with all my information on it. Nothing is very critical but I dont want my pictures and kids school files and whatever else it on the computer "olut there"

Any ideas

Thanks
 

Intell

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The rubber bottom peels off. You can save the hard drive and reuse it. It's just a SATA drive that are common in many desktops.
 

balamw

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It's really easy to take apart to remove the drive. Heat the rubber with a hair dryer to help get it off.

FWIW you can easily replace the power supply and use it as an Airport Extreme even if you leave the HDD out. I got the recommended Cisco one for ~$16 on eBay, even though I still use my Airport Extreme.

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jsf721

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The rubber bottom peels off. You can save the hard drive and reuse it. It's just a SATA drive that are common in many desktops.
Just got it out. Think I will hold onto it as an exta back up. if I got an enclosure could I acess it?

It's really easy to take apart to remove the drive. Heat the rubber with a hair dryer to help get it off.

FWIW you can easily replace the power supply and use it as an Airport Extreme even if you leave the HDD out. I got the recommended Cisco one for ~$16 on eBay, even though I still use my Airport Extreme.

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Thanks, juast got it open. does the ciscio power supplyfit in perfectly with all the correct attachments? I wish I would have know before I openn mione up. I wanted to remove the hard drive. I did not pay much attention to where everything hooked up. Oh well.

thanks for the info.
 

balamw

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does the ciscio power supplyfit in perfectly with all the correct attachments?
No, it ends up being an external power supply/brick. You have to do a bit or surgery on the wire harnesses.

If you don't want to use a hard drive in it you could even just use a 5V wall wart. The 12V from the supply goes only to the HDD.

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Intell

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It is accessible via an enclosure on Mac OS X systems. You data should be retrievable from it.
 

jsf721

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No, it ends up being an external power supply/brick. You have to do a bit or surgery on the wire harnesses.

If you don't want to use a hard drive in it you could even just use a 5V wall wart. The 12V from the supply goes only to the HDD.

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It is accessible via an enclosure on Mac OS X systems. You data should be retrievable from it.
All you really need to do is convert USB to SATA with something like this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812816111

Where would this attach?


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You may be able to access it provided the power supply didn't take it with it.
Thanks all. Much appreciated. I purchased a new one and hope it lasts more than 18 months! We will see. At least the price droopped brom 4999 to 299!
 

Fishrrman

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"I have just replaced a dead time capsule where the power supply had failed. I do not see any screws and I want to remove and destroy the hard drive. I want to recycle it to trow it away but not with all my information on it"

Why throw the hard drive away?

Just re-use it with one of these gadgets (that cost only $20-25):
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias=aps&field-keywords=usb+sata+dock&x=0&y=0

Just "wipe the drive" using Disk Utility, and then use something like CarbonCopyCloner to convert it into a "clone" of your internal. It's bootable and could become very handy to have in the drawer in the event of an unforeseen emergency!
 

iTiki

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What does Apple charge to replace the power supply? I ask because mine is going on over 2 years and it is only a matter of time before I have to replace or repair it.
 

balamw

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When mine failed they offered to replace it (with the same model refurbished) not repair it.

They were going to charge $99 to transfer the data to the new one, off site. There was no guarantee that my data was going to be destroyed. I escalated it and they still replaced it, but let me keep my old/dead one.

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