There's several questions here. I have a 2012 or so MBP with 1TB and 8 g memory running OSX 10.9.5 I've been using Time machine to back up to a 2TB external WD drive that has suddenly become irreparable. Also I password encrypted it a few months ago- no problems until a few days ago. I tried to repair the disk and it the system says it cannot be repaired or verified. Also- my password is not "unlocking" it. This seems fishy to me because there's no way I'm putting the wrong password in. Here's the suggestion from the system "OS X can’t repair the disk “Time Mch2TB.” You can still open or copy files on the disk, but you can’t save changes to files on the disk. Back up the disk and reformat it as soon as you can." I would like to back up this disk that has about 900g of data (old TM backups) so here's problem number 2. I have a Time capsule that has basically been serving as a nice 'objet d'art' in my dining room as it has never been consistently accessible- I am not being given any opportunity to re-enter the password. It would be nice to back up my old TM data to it, however my system cannot connect to it and when I try to "connect as" I get this: "There was a problem connecting to the server “S&L AirPort Time Capsule”. Check the server name or IP address, and then try again. If you continue to have problems, contact your system administrator." So responses on any of these questions would be appreciated: 1. Is there anyway to get access to this attractive looking Time capsule so it can be useful ? How do I get around the dead end when I try to connect to it ? (it would be nice to use this as a time machine right ? but connection to it has always been spotty) 2. Should I give up on Time machine and use something like carbon copy cloner ? 3. Do you just use an external driver for CCC and set it up as you do for Time machine ? 4. I have a new 4 gig WD drive. It's been a while since I set up time machine. If I set up part of it for a new time machine, How do I partition and reformat it for a mac (i.e. what format do I choose- FAT etc. ? ). ? 5. If I do copy the failed TM data- what's the best way to go about it ? I seem to be able to read and copy it. Should I try to burn it to another external drive ? 6. I use dropbox for data backup as well, but I cannot use it for some protected data that needs HIPAA encryption which brings me back to Time machine. Are there any alternatives that work just as good ? Any/all help appreciated.