My 1st generation Time Capsule always used to work fine, but now the internal HardDisk is broken.
Can I replace the HardDisk easily ?
Yes you can.
In the ‘old’ flat Time Capsule (like the A1254 “1st generation” Time Capsule), the HardDrive is rather easy to replace. And even though Apple has marked this TimeCapsule ‘obsolete’ it is still able to preform properly and it can be maintained using the current AirPort Utility version 6 and newer.
To do so, follow these steps :
- get yourself a new HardDisk, preferably a low-energy HD like the Western Digital WD Green 2TB or 3TB (get it on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.de) ; these low-energy HDs are especially suited not only because of their low power consumption, but also because of their ability to stay cool during operation since these old TimeCapsules tend to overheat when a regular HD is installed
- then, place the TimeCapsule upside-down and warm up the rubber bottom plate with a hairdryer to loosen the glue (if you don’t do this, it is nearly impossible to get the rubber bottom plate of without rupturing it)
- then follow the steps as outlined in this manual by iFixit and be sure to read the important note at Step 2 : “The two screws in the top center of this picture should not be removed at this time. They are locating pins on the hard drive.”
- then replace the HD and rebuild your TimeCapsule doing the MacFixit steps in revers direction
- when done, plug your Time Capsule into the power and access it using the AirPort Utility app on your Mac (or iPhone/iPad)
- in the AirPort Utility app, select the TimeCapsule’s icon and click Edit
- in the window that opens, go to Disks, then click Erase Disk
- when that’s done, your new Time Capsule’s HD is ready for use
That’s it 😉