Time Capsule problems resolved???

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Richey Villa, Mar 16, 2011.

  1. Richey Villa macrumors newbie

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    I am considering purchasing a 1TB Time Capsule for my new mac. But I have read on the net that older models brought in 2008/2009 have had problems and have being dying after 18 months. Have Apple sorted out the design fault with the TC? Or shall I just buy a normal external hard drive and just connect that to my network?
     
  2. lowonthe456 macrumors 6502

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  3. drambuie macrumors 6502a

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    As I understand it, the TCs you refer to ran very hot, leading to failure of the power supply or the hard drive. I bought a 1TB TC last November, and I can say that it is only warm to the touch. The main thing is to ensure it has good air circulation. It's probably overkill, but I have mine slightly elevated, sitting on a Magic Trackpad box, which is perfect for allowing circulation for the base.
     
  4. WillEH macrumors 6502a

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    Purchased one last week, came yesterday. Been on for a good 20 hours, and it's just warm. It's fine and worth getting, easy easy back up.
     
  5. ksbillsfan macrumors newbie

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    I bought mine in June 2009 and it is now giving me problems. Hasn't even lasted two years. Kind of pissed that an item I paid $300 for hasn't even lasted two years.

    Problem I am having is it becomes unresponsive. The wifi part works fine. But I can't access the hard drive or any device attached through USB. I can't even access the configuration file through Air Port Utility. I can be in the middle of updating files on the external hard drive that is attached through the USB and it will just stop working. I have to re-start by power cycling the TC and even then it sometimes won't work.
     
  6. t0rr3s macrumors 6502

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    I would recommend going the airport extreme + external hd (of your choice) route.
     
  7. balamw Moderator

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    This definitely sounds like the "usual" failure mode. The power supply becomes flaky and the device becomes unstable. In my case it started getting really slow shortly before (~2 weeks) before it died altogether.

    Hopefully the reports on the front page are correct and a new, lower power consumption one is just around the corner...

    B
     
  8. fkhan3 macrumors 6502

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    I have had mine for little over a year, no problems so far. It does run hot though, mine is sitting on top of an older CPU that I dont use anymore.

    You could also do an Airport Extreme + NAS setup.
     

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