New Time Capsule - Firmware Update 7.7.1 and Odd Noise

NightFox

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I've just installed my new 2TB Time Capsule (the new model) and already there's a firmware update taking it from 7.7.0 to 7.7.1; I've no idea what's changed with the update though.

I've also noticed that when the TC powers up (I presume when the HDD spins up), as well as the initial whirr noise you also used to get with the older TCs, there's also another brief noise which sounds a bit like a quick but quiet squawk of an old dial-up modem - is anyone else getting this? Maybe Apple are now moving to audio skeuomorphism :eek:
 

believlle

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I've just installed my new 2TB Time Capsule (the new model) and already there's a firmware update taking it from 7.7.0 to 7.7.1; I've no idea what's changed with the update though.

I've also noticed that when the TC powers up (I presume when the HDD spins up), as well as the initial whirr noise you also used to get with the older TCs, there's also another brief noise which sounds a bit like a quick but quiet squawk of an old dial-up modem - is anyone else getting this? Maybe Apple are now moving to audio skeuomorphism :eek:
there is a fan in it, maybe noisy a little?

and hi, can you test how fast you can read and write from internal disk via the wire lan?
can simply copy a big file(>500MB) to new TC and copy it back to computer. and see how fast could be, osx activity monitor or windows task manager can show how fast the current network speed is, that can be used to measure.

or you have disk read/write test software that would be wonderful also : ) like this:
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1595589

thanks.
 

sick z33

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I did the firmware update as well as the Airport Utility update and do not have any of these symptoms. I wouldn't waste any time and take it right back to Apple for replacement!
 

NightFox

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there is a fan in it, maybe noisy a little?

and hi, can you test how fast you can read and write from internal disk via the wire lan?
can simply copy a big file(>500MB) to new TC and copy it back to computer. and see how fast could be, osx activity monitor or windows task manager can show how fast the current network speed is, that can be used to measure.

or you have disk read/write test software that would be wonderful also : ) like this:
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1595589

thanks.
Can't right now I'm afraid - I'm in the middle of a 1.5TB backup!
 

NightFox

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Well, I had my Time Capsule replaced by Apple and the new one makes exactly the same noise so unless I'm very lucky it's just the normal noise of the disk spinning up. So, still no-one with a new TC getting this sound too?
 

vinodgs

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same here when accessing the TC disk weird noise, its the seagate hard disk always they make noise. apple should have kept the WD or Hitachi those are silent!
 
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FreakinEurekan

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I've also noticed that when the TC powers up (I presume when the HDD spins up), as well as the initial whirr noise you also used to get with the older TCs, there's also another brief noise which sounds a bit like a quick but quiet squawk of an old dial-up modem - is anyone else getting this? Maybe Apple are now moving to audio skeuomorphism :eek:
I use a USB SATA dock for my backups and just switched out the 2TB Western Digital drives I was using for 3TB Seagate Barracudas. When the Barracudas spin up I hear exactly what you're talking about, sounds like a dial-up modem syncing. Never noticed it with the WDs but maybe it was there and I just didn't hear it.
 

Darkender

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New Time Capsule - start-up noise

I am getting the exact same noise from my new 2013 2TB time capsule and came here looking to see if others hear it as well. Sort of sounds like an old star trek phaser gun firing as the backup disk kicks on. It only lasts a quick second, but man is it annoying. Other than this it is whisper quiet. Coming from a 2009 2nd gen 1TB that only made a barely audible buzz on startup, it is very noticeable. I'll probably just get used to it (as long as its normal).

Hearing that you still hear the noise in the TC exchange replacement is prompting me to wait and see what others are saying before going this route myself.

On the flip side, the device is very fast/reliable even on my n network. My 2009 TC used to cause my internet to drop off the minute it started to back up...the new 2013 TC causes no such issues.
 

rkdiddy

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I too can confirm a spin up noise. It must be the fan kicking on at the same time as the HD. I was actually googling this issue and found this thread. I probably wouldn't hear it if I wasn't sitting right next to it. I originally was considering taking it back.
 

Lankyman

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Perfectly normal fan and HD spin up activation. My new TC makes exactly the same noise. Doesn't concern me in the least.