Notes on upgrading AirPort Time Capsule to 4TB

My Apple Time Capsule stopped performing regular backups for nearly 10 days now. It is a A1409 with 3TB storage. Apple had already discontinued production for nearly ten years now but it’s still working as its intended to.

On checking AirPort Utility on the mac, an unfamiliar message flashed – I half guessed its storage was shot. Time for a replacement.

With CNY this weekend, Lazada and Shopee wouldn’t be much of help. Thus I’ve turned to Sim Lim for its existing stock of mechanical hard disk drives.

I had wanted to get the Seagate IronWolf 4TB (S$146) but it was all sold out. I didn’t want to go IronWolf Pro because I had no need to pay that price premium. In the end, settled with a WD Red Plus 4TB (S$142). Technically I could go up to 10TB but that would be overkill. One x 10TB (with another 5 of its brothers) would be right for my Pegasus DAS.

Cracked open the AirPort Time Capsule late last night and found that I should had gotten a Seagate Barracuda / IronWolf instead. Why? There’s two black rubber dampeners which would fit the Seagate but definitely not the WD. Now, my Time Capsule is running without the two dampeners because I need to send my mac to get its battery replaced.

Over time, the vibrations may cause the mechanical drive to breakdown. But I’ll just replace with another mechanical… that will definitely be a Seagate.

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