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Old Feb 2nd, 2011, 04:55 PM   #1
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Time capsule keeps powering down

I have a prev gen 500 gig time capsule. Had all the latest updates. If will not start up. I unplug and plug in again. It will make a whirring sound, flash yellow for a minute with sound then just go off. Any idea whats wrong with it? It is out of warranty so a doit myself fix would be great.
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Old Feb 3rd, 2011, 06:49 AM   #2
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One possibility is that the hard drive in it has gone bad. You can check this by removing the drive and testing it in another enclosure. It is not difficult to remove the drive; there are pictorial instructions on the internet, and it mainly takes patience in separating the glued rubber bottom from the metal of the unit without damaging the rubber. I did it myself recently to upgrade the drive to 1 TB.
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Old Feb 3rd, 2011, 08:20 AM   #3
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I was wondering about the hard drive. If I remove it would the time capsule work as a base station still? The hard drive is to small so I don't use it anymore for backups.
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Old Feb 3rd, 2011, 08:24 AM   #4
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There was a recall on select models which were apparently prone to hd failure. Bring it to an Apple Store and see what they have to say.
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Old Feb 3rd, 2011, 09:42 AM   #5
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There was a recall on select models which were apparently prone to hd failure. Bring it to an Apple Store and see what they have to say.
Thanks, the issues described in that recall are exactly what is happening to mine. Going to check the serial numbers and see if its valid.
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Old Feb 4th, 2011, 09:24 AM   #6
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Just had a new unit last week as I was experiencing the same symptoms than your unit. So sweat at the Store! Took 10 minutes. No cost.

Need to make a reservation with technical folks first though. Find your store on Apple site and book a time slot. Very effective. Be aware as well that the unit replacement does NOT include a data transfer service. I lost all data from the Time Machine in the process. Thought I should point this out... Also, you may want to ask—which I forgot— if there is a way to zap the disk from your personal data to avoid any leaks should you want to protect your info.

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