Time Machine HD Drives


macrumors member
Original poster
Dec 7, 2011
Curious to know if anyone knows the manufacturer of the HDD in the 2011 Time Machine. Thanx!


macrumors 6502
Feb 14, 2011
Depending on the year, I believe them to be WD GREEN drives... the lowest performance of a reasonably good line-up.

That's what mine was when I replaced it with a larger capacity drive.

Here's from WiKi:

Hard drive

The hard drive typically found in a Time Capsule is the Hitachi Deskstar, which is sold by Hitachi as a consumer-grade product (the Hitachi Ultrastar is the enterprise version).[8] Apple labeled the drive as a server-grade drive in promotional material for Time Capsule, and also used this type of drive in its discontinued Xserve servers. Apple states that the Hitachi Deskstar meets or exceeds the 1 million hour mean time between failures (MTBF) recommendation for server-grade hard drives.[9]

The 500GB, 1st generation Time Capsule shipped with a Seagate Barracuda ES-series drive.[10]

More recently, other hard drives such as the Western Digital Caviar Green series,[11] and the Samsung EcoGreen series have been reported.