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I want TC disk to stay mounted in Finder, but it won't

4183 Views 10 Replies Latest reply: Nov 2, 2008 3:47 PM by Glenn Carter RSS
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As well as using my 1 TB Time Capsule as a Time Machine backup drive, I also have my iTunes Music folder on there and play my music and videos wirelessly through iTunes (saves about 85 GB on my MacBook Pro's hard drive) as well as using it for a file server.

My Time Capsule is providing the wired and wireless networking for our household of 1 iMac, 1 MacBook and 1 MacBook Pro.

My annoyance is this: while the shared iMac's drive will stay mounted in my Finder for days on end (despite my putting the MacBook Pro to sleep several times a day), the Time Capsule's disk will not stay mounted. Often when I wake the MacBook Pro from sleep I get a message saying that the Time Capsule disk could not be found, and then a "Disconnect" button. So I have to go and remount the drive in the Finder before I can do any file sharing or launch iTunes.

Does anyone know why the drive won't stay connected (or should I say mounted) in the Finder?
MacBook Pro 17" 3GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.2), White MacBook, iMac G5, iPod Classic, Time Capsule
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  • Aaron Meyer3 Calculating status...
    On my MacBook, when I open the hard drive, along the left side I see devices and shared. Devices is where the hard drive shows up, plus iDisk (I have dot.Mac). Then under Shared I see my TC (which is always there after awake up or restart). Do you see Shared? Under my System Preferences I do have file sharing on, since I have another Mac, but I'm not sure that makes the TC show up under Shared?
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.2), 2.4 GHz (the Black one), G4 iMac, Time Capsule (5 GHz & 2.4 GHz Dual-Band Network)
  • Aaron Meyer3 Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    I also just noticed that under "disks" then "file sharing" in the Airport Utility, that I have "file sharing" selected. Also see if that will work for you.
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.2), 2.4 GHz (the Black one), G4 iMac, Time Capsule (5 GHz & 2.4 GHz Dual-Band Network)
  • Mayhem4u2 Calculating status...
    I'm not sure why its losing its connection. My TC is staying mounted after sleep, re-starts, etc.
    Go back to the begining re-set it to default settings, reconfigure it and use it with just one Mac and no shared music etc. Get it to do it alone and then start adding stuff etc.
    20" iMac Core Duo, Mac OS X (10.5.2), 2G iPod - 5G iPod - 1G iPhone
  • crocm Calculating status...
    I have been having a similar problem with my 1TB Time capsule. I have it configured as a data drive with a USB connected 500MB partitioned drive for Time Machine and Data/Apps. I use it wirelessly on my MacBook and ethernet to a PC. In my case the Time Capsule will randomly unmount. It appears to happen more often than not when the system has been inactive or off for a period of time, but not exclusively. It happens both on the wired and wireless connections. My only recourse is to hard boot the Time Capsule to get the drives to remount. I have been discussing this issue with a variety of Apple service Reps and Experts(5) for the past six weeks. We have collectively changed every physical configuration and any setup parameters that may apply with no success. Apple is currently still reviewing the problem and I am anxiously waiting for the latest response. I understand your frustration, it's a real pain when you try to open a file or app and have the thing hang because the Time Capsule has decided to unmount. BTW through out this ordeal the AirPort portion has been flawless.
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • Evi Samson Calculating status...
    I too, am having that problem.
    I use my TC for installing games and sometimes file-sharing and have had it for a month or so but I can't access any files or games because as you said it becomes unmounted. So in order to do any of that I have to tell it to back up my computer and then it becomes mounted. But that means I still haven't been able move my iTunes over to the TC because it won't stay mounted. I also can't install anything on to it which is a great distress.
    It does show up in the "Shared" area on the left of the finder.
    Macintosh HD 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • Glenn Carter Level 4 Level 4 (3,360 points)

    Next time start a new thread, you're more likely to get helpful responses that way.

    The key to the first part of this is "Remember password in my keychain".

    *How Do I Mount the Time Capsule on the Desktop?*
    Open a Finder window
    Select the Time Capsule in the Sidebar on the left.
    Click "Connect As..." in the upper right of the window.
    Enter the Name of your Time Capsule & its' password (Note: NOT your own Username & password).
    Check "Remember password in my Keychain."
    You should now see a blue share folder with the name of your Time Capsule.
    Double-clicking the blue folder will open the Time Capsules’ hard disk. It should now be mounted on the desktop as well.

    *Automatically Mount Servers on Desktop At Startup*
    Mount the servers/volumes on your desktop.
    Open System Preference.
    Select "Accounts".
    Choose your account on the left.
    Click "Login Items"
    Now drag each drive icon you want to automatically mount at startup into this window.
    Close prefs

    Bear in mind that unless you checked “Remember password in my Keychain” the system will ask you for the password for these volumes each time you startup.

    Let us know if this was helpful

    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.5), MacBook, PowerBook G4, Time Capsule, AppleTV, AXBS, 2 iPhones


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