6 Replies Latest reply: Jan 8, 2014 3:10 AM by MikeeW
MikeeW Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have a new tower 3 TB TC I want to use to replace my present TC. I am making the replacement to improve service, but also because my present Time Machne backup is corrupted.  According to a recent verification, I need to do a new set up.

 

Additionally, I now have other Mac devices and want all to use the new TC.

 

I am looking for set up instructions considering that this is a replacement for an existing TC. I wasn't sure if this made the set up any different.

 

Any advice is welcome


Time Capsule (4th Gen)
  • 1. Re: Replacing time capsule with new
    LaPastenague Level 8 Level 8 (35,400 points)

    There is an option when you go through the setup to replace an existing device.

     

    So in the auto setup wizard.. instead of accepting the create a network, click Other Options.

     

    Screen Shot 2013-12-30 at 7.01.40 AM.png

     

    Then choose the "Replace an existing Device" In the particular setup I was taking screenshots for I added to existing network.. so different option.

    Screen Shot 2013-12-30 at 7.01.57 AM.png

     

     

    Once it finishes swap them over.

     

    Personally I would prefer to do the setup from scratch as I think you get less issues.. but up to you.

  • 2. Re: Replacing time capsule with new
    MikeeW Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank for assistance.  I would prefer to simply go to the process from scratch.  No reason to "save" anything in the device (older TC) if I am being advised it is corrupted.

     

    I guess I am looking at the issue from the MacBooks point of view (sound weird to say that).

     

    Since the MacBook Pro has been set up with an existing TC and it will simply disappear, not to be used again, at least in my home, then I wondered if the MacBook Pro needed any special attention. 

     

    I suppose I could set up the new TC with a different Mac product such as my MacBook Air.  Presently I use an external HDD for the Time Machine on the MacBook Air. I could set up the new TC as a second device.  Then, once set up, just turn on the MacBook Pro and let it discover the new TC.  In fact, since the new TC is the router, it will have to see it.

     

    Hope the comments are not muddying the water.

     

    It always it will be easy until. You're presented with a choice you didn't expect and have no clue how to respond.

  • 3. Re: Replacing time capsule with new
    LaPastenague Level 8 Level 8 (35,400 points)

    If you are doing a full replacement don't worry about it..

     

    Simply go through the process.. the new TC if it is already working as router.. you simply select it for TM in whichever computer you want to use TM to backup on.

     

    Mavericks will be the problem child.. if it refuses to give you access come back with more info and we can suggest some different setup options..

  • 4. Re: Replacing time capsule with new
    MikeeW Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Again, thanks.  I will post the result. 

     

    In fact, I had recently upgraded to mavericks when my troubles began.  Coincidence, perhaps, but just after the upgrade, my motherboard needed to be replaced.  Still under AppleCare warranty, so replacement was done.  Of course, upon returning home, started a back up and Time Machine insisted on a verification and this time, came up with a bad report.  So, I have decided to simply get a newer TC to replace the old.  As well, set up newer MacBooks.

     

    Thank goodness for Carbon Copy Clone.  At least I have that as a backup to the MacBook Pro.

     

    I will try the process in the next day or so.  We have no electricity where I am at, and generator use is unreliable......I know, TMI

     

    Thanks

  • 5. Re: Replacing time capsule with new
    LaPastenague Level 8 Level 8 (35,400 points)

     

    In fact, I had recently upgraded to mavericks when my troubles began.  Coincidence, perhaps,

    Maybe.. or maybe not.. it is certainly troublesome.

     

    Your old TC may still be ok..

     

    I would do a disk erase, and use a full erase not quick.. that low level formats it. Well worth it.

     

    Thank goodness for Carbon Copy Clone.  At least I have that as a backup to the MacBook Pro.


    Amen to that one.. CCC is great to have actual clones of the disk.

     

    We have no electricity where I am at, and generator use is unreliable......I know, TMI

     

    Sounds interesting.

     

    I have setup MBP charging and running TC off SLA battery.

     

    It actually is fairly easy and the results were very good.

     

    This is my DIY UPS.

    https://sites.google.com/site/lapastenague/diy-ups-dc-controller

     

    And simply replace the AC power adapter in the TC for a DC one.. either running from 15v

     

    which I use for some margin of protection.

     

    But I have also run it from 12v supply kit direct to SLA battery.. with a simple diode protection.. it ran for 12months without issues.. and is simply now converted for another use.

     

    https://sites.google.com/site/lapastenague/time-capsule-power-supply-repair-kits

     

    You can charge the MBP directly from battery supply. That also works extremely well.

     

    The converters are extremely cheap.. although I would try and buy a bit better quality ones now.

     

    My email is there on the site and all the plans and designs are there to DIY.

  • 6. Re: Replacing time capsule with new
    MikeeW Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    The process to set up a new TC was incredibly simple.  I simply removed the old TC and plugged the new TC into my Internet connection.  Using the Airport Utility the choices and process were quire simple.  I needed a firmware update, but that was over quickly.

     

    Once I had my MBP connected, I used a cable between the MBP and TC and had a first backup in around six hours.  After that, I set up other MacBook airs wireless and those went fast as well.  In fact, at one point, I had two backups simultaneously happening (my bad) but the TC didn't blink.

     

    As to power supplies, I now have a more or less stable supply (I live where a SUPERTYPHOON struck and it will be years before all power is completely restored.

     

    I looked at the dig power supplies and it is beyond my capabilities as well as access to supplies.  For the moment I have generators available.  As well, I use an external HDD for a second TC. 

     

    Thanks so much for the dedication to helping novices like me.  Enjoy your hot new year!