Old Time Capsule Failed - A Couple of Questions About Possible Solutions...

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  1. SparkyCanada, May 12, 2018
    Last edited: May 12, 2018

    SparkyCanada macrumors member

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    Hi there.

    I have an old Time Capsule (1 TB). I think it was purchased mid 2009 - but am unable to access it to determine this.

    I do like the Time Capsule format - and think I would like to keep this in the future.

    I also do a complete system back up to a 2nd external hard drive using C.C.C..

    The existing problems with the Time Capsule now are:

    1. Unable to back up data - it stalls after a few gig
    2. Is not able to find my network
    3. When I access the Time capsule using an Ethernet connection - I don't get the option to "Get Info" (so
    I can not determine what make or model this unit is)

    I have been unable to use Disk Utility to do a complete erase because Disk Utility does not always see the Time Capsule - or when it randomly does - will not erase the drive.

    I was able to manually trash my back ups on there - including the "sparse file"

    I am using Sierra as my O.S.


    Here are my questions...

    1. Should I purchase a recently discontinued Time Capsule?
    2. Should I abandon the Time Capsule format of backing up?
    3. Should I just purchase another external hard drive and and use C.C.C.?
    4. Should I purchase a drive - attach it to my Airport Extreme and use this system to create a
    Time Capsule back-up (I have read that some people have good success with this and other not so much
    - depending on the drive purchased)
    5. Knowing my problems listed above - would replacing the internal drive fix all of this? This looks like a
    fairly inexpensive solution and I feel I could pull this off. Not sure what role the internal drive has in
    terms of connectivity through WiFi... as well as my other issues...

    Thanks,

    Sparky
     
  2. matreya macrumors 65816

    matreya

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    Those older time capsules were prone to failure. I'd simply buy another external hard drive and use time machine on it.
     
  3. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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  4. SparkyCanada thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks matreya & Fishrrman - this would appear to be the best idea/option.

    Sparky
     
  5. matreya macrumors 65816

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    Oh, and avoid Seagate like the plague if it's a 3.5" HDD....
     
  6. SparkyCanada thread starter macrumors member

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    Interesting matreya - any particular reason?

    Also - any particular drives you would recommend?

    Thanks,

    Sparky
     
  7. Fishrrman macrumors P6

    Fishrrman

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    I suggest HGST (Hitachi) and Toshiba.

    I'd also suggest using 2.5" form factor drives instead of 3.5", if you can.
    In my experience, they seem to last longer.
     
  8. matreya macrumors 65816

    matreya

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    Seagate drives have a poor reputation for their consumer-grade drives.

    I recommend HGST and G-Tech (which is an arm of HGST) drives. Toshiba 3.5" drives are good also
     

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