replacing Time Capsule with a new one?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by awhitmer83, May 11, 2015.

  1. awhitmer83 macrumors member


    Jun 22, 2012
    I'm hoping the collective wisdom here can help me out - been googling for a couple of hours but I can't find exactly what I'm looking for.

    I have a new Time Capsule arriving today and I'm trying to find out the best way to do the following:

    • Wipe everything from the old Time Capsule (I'm giving it to my parents)
    • Set up the new one, hopefully with the same network name I have now

    I don't need to transfer over any backups - I'll just let the new TC create its own. I'm mostly worried about the order of the steps and (I hope) not having to enter new credentials for every device in the house. Can anyone provide some insight? I may be making this harder than it has to be in my head but I just want to make sure I'm doing this the best/easiest way.

    Edited to add: We also have two Airport Express set up as extenders in case that makes a difference in what I need to do.
  2. eduardrw macrumors 6502

    May 20, 2013
    If you connect the new Time Capsule to the old one via ethernet it will offer you to import the settings etc to the new one.

  3. awhitmer83 thread starter macrumors member


    Jun 22, 2012
    Thanks - I finally found a YouTube video yesterday that demonstrated that and got everything transitioned smoothly.

    Just in case someone else has this question, here's what I did:

    1. Plugged up the new Time Capsule in place of the old one

    2. Connected the old TC to the new one via ethernet cable

    3. Clicked on the wifi icon on my Mac and selected the new TC

    4. By default it wanted to create a new network - I clicked on Other Options and told it to replace my existing one

    5. Chose my existing TC from the list

    6. It took on all the settings of the old TC and restored the old one to factory settings

    I was definitely making it too hard in my head but luckily (as with most things Apple) it wasn't bad at all. Took 15 minutes, and most of that was me rearranging things. The only drawback of the taller design is not being able to use 1-foot ethernet cables as they're just a bit too short.
  4. meagain macrumors 68030

    Nov 18, 2006
    Says my old one will be restored to default settings. That sounds really bad. I just want to move my old Time Capsule backup to the new one and IDK why it's going to 'restore' anything to default settings. Whatever that means.

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