It's Official My TC just died!!!

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by hoffman99, Nov 16, 2009.

  1. hoffman99 macrumors member

    hoffman99

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    Yep, Add me to the list. My 1st Generation Time Capsule just stopped working. One minute the green light was on and then there was no light. Just nothing.
     
  2. dsnort macrumors 68000

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    No worries. I have fired off a strongly worded missive detailing your suffering to the US Government, you will be receiving shortly an economic stimulus check in the amount of $235,000 US, ( approximately 137 Euro's). Naturally, your children's children will be billed trillions for this boon, but well after you die, so it doesn't matter. To you.
     
  3. PeterKG macrumors 6502

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    But think of all the stimulus job creation your missive will create, hahaha!
     
  4. hoffman99 thread starter macrumors member

    hoffman99

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    New Time Capsule

    Well I went to the Apple Store to have them check out my broken TC. They gave me a new one to replace. Well same ****** model but I'll take it.
     
  5. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    they should have upgraded you to the latest one. :cool:
     
  6. spaceballl macrumors 68030

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    Oh well at least they gave you a new one... the story has a happy ending. Sucks about losing your backups, though.
     
  7. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    Wonder if the backup had any sensitive data on it.
     
  8. wackymacky macrumors 68000

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    Is the HD inside acually dead or something else such as the powersupply/wifi card/Ethernet switch controller /DRAM,

    i.e is the data retrieviable if you open the sucker up and get it out,

    after all its just a standard 7200 RPM 3GB/s SATA drive, not the Ark of the Covenant.
     
  9. OllyW Moderator

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    It seems to be the power supply which is failing at around 18 months.

    Open the case and Apple won't replace it!

    In a few odd cases they have been allowed to remove the drive but the official Apple policy seems to be you can't crack the case if you want a free replacement.

    There's more information in this thread.
     
  10. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603

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    Because of this phenomenon I have bought a new HD to transfer all my stuff off my TC, when it dies (and the odds of it happening seem very high) I will demand a replacement then sell it. 18 months is next month I think.
     
  11. OllyW Moderator

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    Good forward thinking, the average lifespan is 17 months 27 days. :eek:

    The Time Capsule has even got it's own special web site. ;)
     
  12. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603

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    Out of morbid curiosity I thought I would check out Apple Discussions to see if there were any issues with the TC (mine works fine right now) and the Dead TC thread blew me away. So far away I landed at my local computer place buying a new HD. :eek:

    My advice would be not to buy a TC until the unwitting guinea pigs that have the new TC get past the 18 months mark to find if the problem persists. I have a bad feeling it will.
     
  13. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    Fool me once, shame on you.
    Fool me TWICE, shame on ME.

    Anyone who owns a failed Time Capsule - and then goes out and buys ANOTHER ONE - is one of the above.

    There are better, cheaper, and far more reliable ways to back up.
     
  14. Gixx macrumors newbie

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    Dead Time Capsule

    As for so many others, my TC, 1T died 2 days ago. It was born on May 1, 2008.
    Since I'm an Italian resident, I called Apple Italy Technical Support. First, they said it was out of guarantee, then, after I gave them the serial number and the date of purchase they switched me to the technical dep't. Here a very nice guy explained that:
    Yes, the problem was known to Apple.
    It was due to a limited, known faulty batch of power supply units.
    Other units are not affected. It is not a matter of overheating.
    Conclusion: they are sending me a new TC, I have to return the old one. No cost whatsoever.
    What still bothers me is that my data are lost with the old TC going down the drain.
     
  15. Stella macrumors 604

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    My TC died after around 12 months - but I got it replaced.

    Do the newer models address the 18 months life spans
    ?
     
  16. Kapital macrumors newbie

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    Dead TC - Same here

    Mine just did the same
    1 Year, 9 months old - just stopped working.
    Apple will replace as I have the APP that I got with my MBP that I bought at the same time.
    Another faulty power unit?
    Luck I have a second back-up - and I would suggest everyone do the same. One TC backup is NOT enough.
     

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