Einleitung

Benutze die Anleitung um die Festplatte einer Apple Time Capsule Modell A1302 zu wechseln.

Lege ein weiches Tuch oder ähnliches  auf eine saubere flache Oberfläche. Lege das Gerät mit der Unterseite nach oben darauf. Um die Time Capsule zu öffnen muss man an die Schrauben kommen, die auf der Unterseite unter dem gummierten Boden verborgen sind.
  • Lege ein weiches Tuch oder ähnliches auf eine saubere flache Oberfläche. Lege das Gerät mit der Unterseite nach oben darauf.

  • Um die Time Capsule zu öffnen muss man an die Schrauben kommen, die auf der Unterseite unter dem gummierten Boden verborgen sind.

    • Benutze eine Heißluftpistole oder einen Haartrockner um den Boden zu erwärmen, dies weicht den Klebstoff etwas an.

    • Beginne an einer Ecke vorsichtig den Boden anzuheben. Benutze einen Plastikheberoder Ähnliches um das Gummi vom Metall zu trennen.

      • Lasse dir Zeit und pass auf, das Gerät nicht zu überhitzen.

      • Wenn du dabei etwas Klebstoff mit abziehst ist das nicht schlimm. Es ist genug Kleber darauf um den Boden später wieder zu befestigen.

      • Beim späteren Zusammenbau kann man auch wieder Wärme anwenden, dies hilft den Kleber weich zu machen und das Gummi fest mit dem Metall zu verbinden.

Slowly start peeling at one corner... worked better than shown on the pictures.

Markus - Antwort

Slow down particularly near the bottom label where it is stiffer. Either that or I needed to give it more heat. Going too fast can risk tearing the rubber base if the adhesive is strong.

ElvinC - Antwort

If you are wondering if the Time Capsule will still work as a router if you remove the HDD and leave it out, the answer (according to another webpage I read) is YES, it will still work. Apparently, you get a warning with the AIrPort Utility about a missing HDD, but it still works. I wanted to keep and reuse the 1TB Hitachi HDD for offsite data backup.

CraigH - Antwort

Wenn der Gummiboden weg ist kann man die acht PH0 Schrauben ausdrehen, die den Metallboden festhalten. Benutze einen PH0 Schrauber!
  • Wenn der Gummiboden weg ist kann man die acht PH0 Schrauben ausdrehen, die den Metallboden festhalten.

    • Benutze einen PH0 Schrauber!

  • Einige Ausführungen der Time Capsule haben zehn Schrauben. Das Modell A1254 hat zwei Schrauben oben rechts und unten links, wie im zweiten Bild zu sehen. Dann musst du natürlich alle zehn entfernen.

Confirmimg 10 screws for Model A1355

pkeenan8 - Antwort

Larger screwdriver size can help with sticky screws.

ElvinC - Antwort

One of my screws was already stripped by Apple, so I had to drill it out.

CraigH - Antwort

Lege das Gerät so, dass die Rückseite (die mit den Netzanschlüssen) zu dir zeigt. Hebe die linke Seite der Metallplatte an und kippe sie über die rechte Seite.
  • Lege das Gerät so, dass die Rückseite (die mit den Netzanschlüssen) zu dir zeigt.

  • Hebe die linke Seite der Metallplatte an und kippe sie über die rechte Seite.

    • Um Schäden zu vermeiden ziehe diese Platte nicht senkrecht nach oben. Wie man im zweiten Bild sieht ist der Ventilator an ihr befestigt und an der Platine in der Nähe des Einschaltknopfes angeschlossen.

  • Tatsächlich haben viele Leute Probleme mit diesem Ventilatoranschluss, weil er leicht kaputt geht. Deswegen ist es NICHT empfehlenswert den Anschluss zu trennen. Sei sehr vorsichtig mit ihm, er ist sehr empfindlich. Wenn du ihn wirklich lösen musst löse ihn SEHR vorsichtig mit einem Spudger oder einer Pinzette.

It is really not necessary to disconnect the fan and you risk breaking it off of the logic board. :(

rdemby - Antwort

I'd destroyed the connection between my fan and logic board by trying to remove the fan. This is a bigger problem than a broken hard drive. DO NOT TRY TO DISCONNECT THE FAN. Instead be careful with the base (making sure not to stretch the fan wire) as your proceed to step four.

redmonton11 - Antwort

I wish I had read the comments too!! DO NOT try to disconnect the fan!!!! The connector broke off with out a lot of force. Now I have a worthless piece of metal and plastic!!!!

mightyquinn6362 - Antwort

This is not my guide, but in order to try to prevent future damage, I've edited the guide to warn against disconnecting the fan from the logic board. Hopefully the update will be approved soon :0\

Jeff G -

Replaced 2 x 1500 uF capacitors ant the Time capsule is back to work !

Thanks for this guide.

gilberto - Antwort

I had no issues removing the fan plug from the board.

angelopadilla - Antwort

I used a block to lean the cover on so it didn't fall completely flat on the surface. The wire connecting the fan is too short for that.

pkeenan8 - Antwort

HDD ist eine Abkürzung für "Hard Disk Drive", also Festplatte. Bevor man die HDD entfernt muss der Temperatursensor entfernt werden, er ist direkt auf der HDD  befestigt, wobei ein Stück Schaumstoff und Klebeband benutzt wird. Ziehe Schaumstoff und Klebeband ab. Schone den Schaumstoff, weil du ihn später wieder brauchst.
  • HDD ist eine Abkürzung für "Hard Disk Drive", also Festplatte.

  • Bevor man die HDD entfernt muss der Temperatursensor entfernt werden, er ist direkt auf der HDD befestigt, wobei ein Stück Schaumstoff und Klebeband benutzt wird.

    • Ziehe Schaumstoff und Klebeband ab. Schone den Schaumstoff, weil du ihn später wieder brauchst.

  • Hebe die HDD heraus und löse die beiden SATA Kabel.

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Mit einem PH0 Schraubendreher kannst du die vier metallenen Abstandshalter von der alten HDD abschrauben und an gleicher Stelle auf der neuen eindrehen.
  • Mit einem PH0 Schraubendreher kannst du die vier metallenen Abstandshalter von der alten HDD abschrauben und an gleicher Stelle auf der neuen eindrehen.

    • Wenn die neue HDD dünner ist als die alte musst du die Abstandshalter etwas herausdrehen, sonst klappert die HDD weil sie lose befestigt ist.

  • Bringe den Temperatursensor etwa an der gleichen Stelle wie bei der alten HDD an. Bedecke sie wieder mit dem Schaumstoff, eventuell brauchst du Klebeband.

    • Gib acht, dass der Sensor schön fest und flach auf der Metalloberfläche der Festplatte aufliegt.

  • Um Energie zu sparen ist es günstig eine "green" HDD zu verwenden, auch eine mit niedriger Geschwindigkeit von 5400 UPM.

  • Man kann die Platte gut testen, bevor man alles wieder zusammen schraubt. Schließe dazu den Ventilator wieder an und setze das Metallgehäuse ein, ohne es festzuschrauben.

    • Um einen Stromschlag und Überhitzung zu vermeiden beende diesen Schritt bevor du einschaltest.

  • Wenn die Time Capsule wieder zusammen ist formatiere die neue HDD mit Airport Utility. Möglicherweise muss man einen Hard Reset durchführen.

You should reconnect the heat sensor in about the same location as on the original drive.

Shai Perednik - Antwort

About the HDD - can I use any HDD as long as it is low-speed or power-saving?

There is nothing else I need to take into account?

Soeren - Antwort

About the HDD compatibility:

I replaced the 1TB HDD in my Time Capsule (3rd generation, model A1355, firmware version 7.6.3) with a Western Digital Red 3TB SATA-3 (WD30EFRX)

Works just perfect :)

Mario Ban - Antwort

Hey many thanks for posting! I am thinking to upgrade my TC 3rd gen with same drive as you WD30EFRX (3TB). Any reports WD40EFRX (4TB) works as well?

Question: Does your WD30EFRX HDD spins down (power save)?

baracudaz -

I JUST bought the WD40EFRX. It will be here on Jan 4th and I'll post if it works.

dkmillerii - Antwort

This works beautifully with the WD40EZRX Western Digital Green 4TB 3.5" SATA3 64MB Buffer Hard Drive on a Time Capsule MD032LL/A (4th Generation) running firmware 7.6.4.

Mark Luscher - Antwort

I just installed a WD40EFRX as well and my first back is running fine. I love how easy apple makes things. My original 2TB was still working fine, but since I doubled the space on my Macbook Pro hard drive and created a Fusion drive on it I decided it would be nice to have more space on my Time Capsule. Now I can add this old 2TB to my Airport Extreme (already had an empty enclosure laying around) that extends my WiFi network and have a NAS for sharing home movies, media, etc. Your write up was awesome. Thank you.

One other note, take your time on removing the rubber cover on the bottom. I used a heat gun on low and worked little by little. All the adhesive stayed on the rubber cover beautifully. To reinstall just lightly heat it again and the weight of the TC will cause it to reattach.

mikewiandt - Antwort

Also used a WD Red 3TB/SATA3/64M/3.5. Model WD30EFRX. ($129 at MicroCenter) Fit is perfect and performance is outstanding. Directions are fine except the rubber base is glued pretty strongly and is a bit delicate when peeling off. Didn't use a heat gun, just patiently and slowly peeled it back.

drgallo - Antwort

I just installed a WD Red 6TB WD60EFRX in my 4th Gen A1409 with firmware 7.6.4. The drive formatted just fine showing 6TB of free space.

Jonatan - Antwort

I can add that the drive seems to spin down just as it should.

Jonatan -

Just try WD60EZRX in my Time Capsule, no idea of the generation, but it is firmware 7.6.4. It goes on, for 1 minute. Light blink amber, and TC go off.

Any idea ?

Gilles

Gilles -

I updated two different Time Capsule Models with the WD Red 6TB WD60EFRX. The drive works in both Models A1355 (third Generation) and A1409 (fourth Generation) and shows fully 6TB of Space. By the way ... the A1355 1TB had been equipped with a Samsung HD103SI, the A1409 2TB with a WD Green WD20EARS. Partitioning ist also possible! The WD60EFRX is now fitted into the A1409 and the WD20EARS into the A1355. Everything works fine!

Tom

Tom - Antwort

I can concur regarding a 6TB drive working just fine. I just installed a WD Red WD60EFRX 6TB drive in a A1254 (2nd gen TC). I took the precaution of upgrading the firmware to 7.6.4 before doing the install. After the physical install, I simply connected using Airport Utility. I could see the new disk immediately under Edit -> Disks and the disk capacity was correct (6TB).

I selected "Erase Disk" and "fast" as the method (since it was a brand new drive). I also renamed the disk (which you can do by clicking on the name in the "Disks" pane).

The disk that I removed (because it failed) was a Hitachi Deskstar HDS721010KLA330 (1TB).

Hope this helps.

John

John Martin - Antwort

Did it with a WD40EZRX (green serie from WD) - thank you iFixit!

One comment though, the power inlet was displaced (slighty rotated) during disassembly or re-assembly.

One quick check before closing the box by inserting the power cable isn't too much.

bitonio - Antwort

Worked perfectly with a 4th generation and a WD60EZRX!

Markus - Antwort

Anyone use a SSD yet, I'm looking to replace the HD to save some heat... Did I read earlier that a blank drive will work, if erased?

Paul Hollenbeck - Antwort

Had a problem with 3 screws that would not budge - a bit of heat from my gas solder iron and a bigger philips screwdriver solved it - replaced the 2TB WD20EADS green with a 4TB WD40EFRX red ... did an erase and seems to work fine - easy peasy ... thanks for the guide

Carel - Antwort

I installed (12/12/16) a Western Digital 3TB AV 3.5" 64MB WD30PURX (purple surveillance HD) successfully. $106.99 at B&H in NYC. Special thanks to Ray Haverfield for guiding me in on that purchase. He's an expert system when it comes to Time Capsules. Hails from Australia. His site: https://sites.google.com/site/lapastenag....

pkeenan8 - Antwort

I’d like to know if anyone has used an SSD also, Thanks

D Umie - Antwort

I wouldn’t expect there to be any benefit to using SSD since you’ll more likely be CPU constrained. Also spinning disks work well with backup jobs because of their sequential nature of writing to disks. Also you’re going to save a ton of $$/TB with HDD versus SSD. SSD would provide less heat, but I think the other benefits weigh in favor of the HDD as a better option.

Lane Leverett - Antwort

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Worked like a charm! Instructions were very thorough. Thank you

jlechuga - Antwort

I dislodged the fan connector from the logic board. How can I go about fixing this? Can I just solder the connector back onto the board? Thanks

Jon - Antwort

Success! I would get a flash of a green light after a factory reset then the flashing amber followed by a solid amber. No wifi signal or HD. Put my ear to the unit and heard the click of death. New hard drive per above and I was back up and running in 20 minutes.

Stuart - Antwort

I successfully took mine apart in order to harvest the hard drive (Apple told me that the unit as a whole wasn't fixable, but that the drive should be good).

However, I got to the point of trying to remove the 4 metal spacers in Step 5 and I can't get them to budge one bit. I need them out in order to fit the drive in the enclosure I got for it, and they just won't move. I've tried a couple different Phillips #00 screwdrivers on them, and no joy.

Any suggestions? Alternatively, anyone know of an enclosure that would work for the drive that doesn't require me getting these spacers out? I hate trashing a perfectly good drive if I don't have to.

Kevin McGuirk - Antwort

This might help you: http://www.ifixit.com/Tools/Screw-Extrac...

If it's too expensive for you, grab a pair of pliers and try to twist the screw

Honam1021 -

I had a 2nd Generation 1TB TimeCapsule (model A1302) that was starting to act up, lots of 'backups incomplete' and then it started showing up as "Time Capsule may be overheating..." in AirPort utility. The Genius at Apple pointed out it was well out of warranty so I could buy a new one, or try a DIY fixit. I decided to try the WesterDigital 3TB green drive as it's had received good reviews from other upgrades. I can confirm that the WD30EZRX installed without a hitch, rebooted the TimeCapsule and all I had to do was erase the disk to see the whole 3TB space (it reported 2.7TB in AirPort utility, but When I restarted TimeMachine it reported 3TB free). yes! I did have to remove the old backup drive and restart a whole new backup from scratch - but maybe that's not a bad thing?

Eoin - Antwort

You wrote " I can confirm that the WD30EZRX installed without a hitch, rebooted the TimeCapsule and all I had to do was erase the disk to see the whole 3TB space (it reported 2.7TB in AirPort utility, but When I restarted TimeMachine it reported 3TB free). yes! I did have to remove the old backup drive and restart a whole new backup from scratch - but maybe that's not a bad thing?"

I bought and installed this drive. Can you also tell me how you removed the old backup drive? Thank you for your help!

Lisa -

Thanks for the instructions. It made everything easy to do as your instructions were excellent. I was working on a first generation 1TB TC (A1254) whose drive had gone bad. I removed it and decided not to replace it. I'm now using the TC solely as a Airport Express to extend my wireless signal throughout the house. It fired up perfectly and has the added advantage of running much, much cooler.

Ron Lockhart - Antwort

Constant yellow light doesn’t mean once and for all that the HDD is faulty. In my case it showed that the electronic was not alright. When I put out the HDD both worked fine - the AirPort of TimeCapsule and the HDD in an external dock. The guide is excellent, but be very careful trying to put out the plug of the fan, as this seems to be the predetermined breaking point.

Jobst Flasbart - Antwort

Time capsule had a WD20EARS caviar green in it. Replaced it with a WD40EZRX green. Everything is perfect now.

slcott - Antwort

Most excellent and easy to follow - thank you

Brendan Carney - Antwort

Excellent guide, thank you.

I installed a 4TB WD Green with two partitions. Worked a treat.

Original capacity was 500GB, 2nd generation TC (2009).

IanW - Antwort

3.2 TB is maximum for the SATA bridge on this model. Anything more will eventually result in data loss.

Steve Hay -

Had to try several times (including some hard resets) before Airport Utility successfully erased/re-formated (zero'd the data) the new hard drive. I also took everything apart and put it back to together again several times. Maybe there was loose connection. Who knows. The directions were very clear, just not sure why I had trouble with the last step. Used a WD EZEX 1TB HD.

Thanks!

Mark - Antwort

Good morning to all,

I have a Time Capsule Mod A1302 and one week ago just die.....

I saw this guide and I open it to replace the HDD, inside I found a SATA HDD WD Black Caviar, my question is this:

i don't know if the new HDD WD in the market has the temperature sensor on top of them like my?

I ask the technicians in the stores but know one knows if this sensor is an Apple's specific request for the Time Capsule, if it is like this can I install a new HDD with out temperature sensor or I must send my capsule to recycle?

thank you all in advanced.

Time Capsule 802.11n (2nd Gen)

John Rouvellas - Antwort

This just saved me $300 bucks!!! Thank you so much it worked like a charm. First generation TC replaced my broken 1 TB Hitachi HD with a WD 3 TB HD. I was already thinking about buying a brand new 3 TB TC, but decided to check this out and I could not believe how easy it was. Thank YOU!!

Asociacion De Comerciantes - Antwort

I haven't been able to do backups since I had to swap out my 500GB drive for a 1TB one because my Time Capsule, 1st Generation, was only 500GB. After reading this guide, I bought a WD Red 3TB EFRX model and, after a bit of a struggle with some of the screws, it's up and running. Starting to wonder if the fan no longer works as there's no sound from it, but I think it's working fine as the backup is going along smoothly, no error reports and the light is green. Should anyone know differently, please post.

leighinternet - Antwort

Thanks from Italy! The upgrade process (from a Seagate 500GB HD to a WD Green 3TB HD) has been smooth and easy (removing the rubber on the bottom apart!! @). BTW, my TC is a second generation model, after Apple changed for free my previous first generation, due the famous problems with the power supply module (it died after two years). Thanks again iFix.

alexgenova72 - Antwort

Worked like a charm! Installed a 3TB Wd Red NAS drive. Cloned the old disk over to the new one using an ICY BOx clone station (cn be done manually also). Then ran a repair on the new disk to have the partition table use the whole disk, deleted the empty partition added on the free space, and then the Time Capsule partititoon expanded to fill the rest of the space automatically :)

Rune Smistad - Antwort

Can you use a solid state hard drive in place of the older type of droves

422bailey - Antwort

Excellent stuff thanks. Very simple and I now have a Time Capsule with an 8TB drive. Plenty of space for all my backups.

mitchell - Antwort

Would it be possible to tell us which 8TB did you choose. The replacement of my original 1TB to 2TB and then 4TB within the "green" series of Western Digital was fine. But in order to move to 8TB, I wonder why Western Digital stopped its green series. Green means that the hard drive stops when not used (which is appropriate for a backup drive like a Time Capsule). The red series does not stop, with higher comsumption and permanent noise. I also wonder why Apple doesn't propose any solution (I did not find any) above 3TB. Does it mean that above 3-4TB, this is the end of Time Capsule backup technology with the very Apple specific tools like tmutil and sparsebundle format? With higher capacity (8-10TB) and low rpm (5400RPM), backup and restore times are too long to be useful?

revher -

The SATA bridge maxes out at 3.2TB. I wouldn't use this with an 8TB drive.

Steve Hay -

Reply to Steve. Any reference for the limitation to 3.2TB? I am using a 4TB Green (same SATA bridge) without any problem since years now.

revher -

I just bought a WD My Book 5tb for $109 at Best Buy. Took the drive out, and put it in my Time Capsule in about 30 minutes. Quick reformatted, and out comes a 5tb Time Capsule. SWEET!!

cjd9 - Antwort

For anyone contemplating this, it is quick, easy, and effective. I just installed a Seagate 8T Archive drive (ST8000AS0002).These drives are great for this sort of use where high performance isn't needed, but long term reliability and low power are good. The price point is nice too! Now my backup speed is no longer constrained by the USB interface the backup is performing well.

John Baird - Antwort

I did the opposite myself. I have an old 1TB TC that I took the disk out of and swapped in a WD green 250 gig disk, and repurposed the 1 TB in a server. I use the disk in the TC for sharing files via AFP. That works great by forwarding port 548 through my router, then I can share files with people I want to. Throughput sure could be better going to the TC.

I have a couple others on hand, one 500 gig courtesy of craigslist and I also found a 2 TB a few months back in a pawn shop. Speaking of those, I notice only the 1 TB TC flickers its green light when there is activity, the others just have a steady green light. Is there a model/generation reason why that is?

Randy -

Just Perfect !!!!!!

had a hard time with the base's glue , just to remind everyone that ungluing must be done under any temp far far below soldering and be very patient because its basically hard rock glue.

pcocaam - Antwort

Work`s just great! Thank you!

Tore from Sweden

torelundqvist - Antwort

Worked smoothly on A1409 (4th gen., mid 2011) to replace WD20EARS (WD 2TB Green) with WD80EFZX (WD 8TB Red). Firmware 7.6.7.

Askar - Antwort

Upgraded A1254 to a 3TB WD Green. At first the HD only showed a capacity of 2.2TB but after upgrading to firmware 7.6.7 and reformatting the drive it now shows as 3TB and is working perfect! Thanks!

Tobin Greensweig - Antwort

how does the hard drive know its an airport? is there any software that needs to be loaded? Like when you change a hard drive in a computer you need to load the OS. Sorry if this is a sorta lame question...

Brian Rambo - Antwort

The operating system is stored on the logic board. The hard drive is simply a container for your backups. After installing the new drive you format it from the airport utility.

rousp -

Upgraded A1302 from a WD500AAKS CAVIAR to a 3TB WD RED WD30EFRX 3TB (NAS). works fine, now i am using the ethernetport to make the initial copy The only problem was to get the rubber base off, maybe I was to inpatient, but it came off in 3 parts :-( not that it is a real problem it is on the bottom anyhow :-) thanks for the tutorial Gert Jan

Gert Jan Bollen - Antwort

The technique I used to get the rubber base off was to heat it up by ironing it with a domestic clothes iron through a sheet of paper. Then I was able to get the corner to lift off, and eventually by ironing it a few more times I was able to peel the whole base off very cleanly, with no rips or glue left behind.

johnsondavies - Antwort

Pretty Easy. compared to other certain iFixits. Mine did not come with the Rubber base. I guess I’ll have to find some rubber feet for it. The unit gets pretty hot. I Suppose SSD drives will work in these? That would take care of the heat issue.

I bought it mainly because it had a 1TB HDD inside. But it actually works better than a Linksys Router I was using! So I’ll just have to suffer with the fat32 FS on the drive, heh.

Jonny V - Antwort

Upgraded to WWD30EZRZ - now I have 3Tb too. Thank you for the manual.

Aleksander Zakharov - Antwort

Are there any issues installing a 3 or 4 TB HDD WD30EZRZ or WD40EZRZ on an A1355 TC (Firmware 7.6.8)?

Filippo Pontil - Antwort

Just installed WD Red 6 Tb SATA-III 64 Mb (WD60EFRX). Only reformat required after physical installation and seems to work fine.

Jari Seppälä - Antwort

i just installed a seagate ironwolf 4TB, 5400rpm in my A1355 TC and the unit shut down when the hard disk start up. Does any one of you face this problem, please advise and help. I read up somewhere claiming that the power supply current is not enough to power the HD, but i saw on the HD that it uses less current compared to the original HD inside the TC.

Edmund Ng -

Great procedure!  I attempted this on an A1355 with an 8 TB WD Red and it would not format the drive.  I finally gave up after multiple attempts, then got a 4TB WD Blue from Best Buy; it formatted in about a minute, and system is working great.

Anyone have any insight into why I had problems with the 8 TB?

Dave - Antwort

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