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Posted 20 October 2009 - 09:07 AM

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Posted 20 October 2009 - 12:42 PM

Is this title supposed to read "Apple quietly updates AirPort Extreme, Time Machine" or "Apple quietly updates AirPort Extreme, Time Capsule"?
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Posted 20 October 2009 - 12:47 PM

With all the premature failures being experienced by Time Capsules all over the world, why didn't Apple wait and redesign the TC so they last longer than 18 months?

http://www.timecapsuledead.org/
http://discussions.a...rt=360&tstart=0
http://discussions.a...rt=285&tstart=0
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Posted 20 October 2009 - 12:49 PM

I wondered that too, larryv. The article says “new technologies in Time Capsule and refinements to Time Machine make backing up to Time Capsule using Snow Leopard up to 60 percent faster". I do have Time Machine running, but not with Time Capsule. When I checked for updates with "Software Update" it said there was nothing new. So perhaps TM only gets updated if you also have a TC? I dunno.
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Posted 20 October 2009 - 01:20 PM

@Rudy: I got hit by the Time Capsule failure at 16 months. I placed its 1 TB disk into a $40 chassis and connected it to a new Airport Extreme.
This worked great until I upgraded to Snow Leopard. Then I began getting the following message:
Time Machine could not complete the backup. The backup disk image ".../e.sparsebundle" could not be accessed (error 109).
Checking the Apple support discussion site, I found that this is a fairly widespread problem under Snow Leopard.
I am waiting for an Apple fix.
http://discussions.a...tart=0&start=15
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Posted 20 October 2009 - 02:55 PM

View PostTeaEarleGreyHot, on 20 October 2009 - 12:49 PM, said:

I wondered that too, larryv. The article says “new technologies in Time Capsule and refinements to Time Machine make backing up to Time Capsule using Snow Leopard up to 60 percent faster". I do have Time Machine running, but not with Time Capsule. When I checked for updates with "Software Update" it said there was nothing new. So perhaps TM only gets updated if you also have a TC? I dunno.


IF the AEBS has 50% faster wireless then you can see most of why Time Machine will back up to a Time Capsule 60% faster.
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Posted 21 October 2009 - 03:47 AM

As I've discovered over 12 months, Apple is a great platform (with processor speeds and dependability) to run Windows. Apple software and support is the failure.
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Posted 21 October 2009 - 12:17 PM

@kennethfcooper, I opened my failed TC and put the HDD in a temporary enclosure to retrieve my data since Apple support said it was out of warranty. Then I re-powered the TC with an external Cisco Router power supply and modified the cooling.

Now it runs really cool and hopefully should last as long as you'd expect from a server grade backup product. You can find the instructions at
LaPastenague's web site at http://sites.google....s/recentChanges

I would recommend that everyone skips buying a TC until Apple fixes the design. If the box is hot to the touch, it won't last long.
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Posted 21 October 2009 - 02:12 PM

View PostRudy, on 21 October 2009 - 12:17 PM, said:

@kennethfcooper, I opened my failed TC and put the HDD in a temporary enclosure to retrieve my data since Apple support said it was out of warranty. Then I re-powered the TC with an external Cisco Router power supply and modified the cooling.

Now it runs really cool and hopefully should last as long as you'd expect from a server grade backup product. You can find the instructions at
LaPastenague's web site at http://sites.google....s/recentChanges

I would recommend that everyone skips buying a TC until Apple fixes the design. If the box is hot to the touch, it won't last long.


I would skip the TC totally. An Airport Extreme plus a high quality USB drive will perform the same, cost about the same, produce about the same heat but with twice the surface radiating area. And if you do have a problem, you can address ONLY the router problem OR the drive problem, not a COMBO problem
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Posted 22 October 2009 - 04:16 PM

I haven't had any problems with Time Capsule.

Nor is there anything in Software Update for it.

It should be noted that I have not hacked either Time Capsule or Apple TV.
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