Upgrading Time Capsule

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  1. 1=1?, Aug 1, 2011
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    1=1?

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    Crap those things are expensive! Can I buy a 500GB one and just replace the internal hard drive with a 2+TB drive that I buy somewhere else?
    Thanks!
     
  2. marc11 macrumors 68000

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    Cheaper and easier to buy a refurb AEBS and a USB HDD. Refurb AEBS is selling for $129 and you can easily get a 1 or 2 TB USB drive for under $100.
     
  3. 1=1? thread starter macrumors regular

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    Sorry, but what is an AEBS?
     
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  5. class77 macrumors 6502a

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    AEBS= Airport Extreme Base Station.

    If you are buying a refurbished AE, make sure that it's a AE 5, not an AE 4. Most reports have the AE 5 having a better range although with similar other features to the AE 4. At least that's been my experience after having both units.
     
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    Hm, I'm looking at it and I don't need a router, the AEBS appears to be a router, we're using a shared router that everyone likes.
     
  7. balamw Moderator

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    The TC is also a router that happens to have a hard drive in it.

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  8. Brian33 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes. I've done it, and it's not hard to replace the TC's internal drive. I followed directions I found here. The hairdryer idea was invaluable!

    The harder part might be finding a drive that "spins-down" when idle, like the original drive does. There's a long thread about it here.

    Regards,
    Brian33.
     
  9. ugahairydawgs macrumors 68030

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    As far as I have seen (and I've been pay fairly close attention) they haven't offered any 2011 AEBSs in the refurb store yet.
     
  10. skorpien macrumors 68020

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    If you don't need the router functionality of the Time Capsule, just buy a NAS.
     

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