Failing Time Capsules

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by nylonsteel, Nov 14, 2010.

  1. nylonsteel macrumors 6502a


    Nov 5, 2010
    I'm thinking of migrating from win xp to mac soon with a mac mini puchase
    Possibly also a Time Capsule 1Tb purchase
    I've read the "time capule died" thread
    So is a new Time Capsule a good purchase with all the failed machines I've read about?
    It sounds like a good pruduct with N router and 1TB wireless backup capabilities
    Or should I go the AirPort route using my own Western Digital external usb drives for back up
    Just looking for a good hassle free backup solution once I purchase my new Mac Mini
  2. Brian33 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 30, 2008
    USA (Virginia)
    You're gonna love the Mac!

    Well, my belief is that newer Time Capsules are not subject to the overheated power supply capacitors that a bunch of the 1st gen. TCs had, but who am I to know? I personally haven't seen reports of newer TCs dying, just the original ones. People will say "the design hasn't changed," but still the components might have changed to tolerate the heat better. I personally LIKE the integrated power supply design.

    I've got a 1st gen TC (serial # within the "problem" range) that has worked flawlessly from day one, for two and a half years so far. I have just replaced its internal 500GB drive with a new 2TB WD Caviar Green (WD20EARS) and it was easy (just to let you know they are "upgradeable").

    So, I recommend the TC as a hassle-free backup solution. I like having less clutter, fewer devices. I expect you'll hear different opinions, however!

    It's not clear to me what you are thinking of as an alternative: an Airport Express and connecting an external drive to the Mac Mini for backups, or do you mean Airport Extreme Base Station (AEBS) with a USB external drive connected to it for Time Machine backups? This last configuration is not recommended or supported by Apple, to my understanding. I'd recommend a supported configuration for something as important as system backups, but that's just me.

  3. skorpien macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    Just to put my two cents in, I too am an owner of an original Time Capsule. Unfortunately, mine was one of the ones that did die, but Apple was kind enough to replace it. I have noticed that the internals are not exactly the same as the very first one I had. This leads me to believe that Apple has probably replaced the PSU with one more resistant to the heat inside.

    Granted, if you are willing to modify it as Brian33 and I have done, the WD Green series are great in that they tend to produce less heat than other drives. I also keep mine elevated to increase air circulation underneath.

    Lastly, make sure you have more than one backup option in place. If you have any data worth backing up, it's worth backing up twice. Backups fail and having the TC (or any backup device) as the only line of defense against data loss may not be a good idea.
  4. bobr1952 macrumors 68020


    Jan 21, 2008
    Melbourne, FL
    I also have an original TC that has worked fine--but I don't think I would replace it. I liked the convenience of getting a router and a backup device all at once in one package but after using it for almost three years, I think in the future I would like to keep those two functions separate and get an Airport Extreme and a USB drive to use with Time Machine. In retrospect, that just seems a more reliable solution to these two different tasks. I certainly have no problem recommending the Time Capsule if you think that would fit your needs the best.
  5. OllyW Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
  6. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    There's a rumor they're going to rename it to "Time Bomb".

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