Dead Time Capsule Disposal

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  1. jsf721 macrumors 6502

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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

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  2. Intell macrumors P6

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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.
     
  3. balamw Moderator

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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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  4. jsf721 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Just got it out. Think I will hold onto it as an exta back up. if I got an enclosure could I acess it?

    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.
     
  5. balamw Moderator

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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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  6. Intell macrumors P6

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

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  8. sporadicMotion macrumors 65816

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    You may be able to access it provided the power supply didn't take it with it.
     
  9. jsf721 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    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!
     
  10. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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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!
     
  11. iTiki macrumors 6502

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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.
     
  12. balamw Moderator

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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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