3 Replies Latest reply: Nov 15, 2009 12:54 PM by Bob Timmons
mralph1983 Level 1 (0 points)
Hi All,

I have a problem. I have broken the hard drive in my time capsule (actually the laptop fell off the coffee table and hit it - lucky the laptop's made of titanium!). I looked on the net and found instructions on how to replace it ( http://www.tuaw.com/2008/03/12/changing-a-time-capsules-hard-drive/ ). Looked easy. So I followed the instructions to a tee and where it said that their drive was picked up and formatted itself straight away, mine won't even recognise.
I have tried everything I can think of including disk utility and plugging in via ethernet. Nothing found so far. I would love some advice form anyone who has done this or on how to get the computer(s) to recognise the drive so it can be formatted.
Thanks in advance for the help and advice,


Mac book 13", 20" Imac, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • Bob Timmons Level 10 (98,184 points)
    Welcome to the discussions!

    You will need to remove the drive from the Time Capsule and place it in an inexpensive enclosure. Then Disk Utility will be able to format the drive. Be sure to use Mac OS Extended (Journaled).

    Then you can reinstall it in the TC and it should be recognized.
  • mralph1983 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for the help!

    Basically I need to get the drive formatted and put back in?

    I have a mate who has PCs he would be able to format it for me but it would be pc version. Would this work?

    Rather than having to buy an enclosure?

    Is there any other way to get disk utility to recognise the disk?

    Thanks again, Erin
  • Bob Timmons Level 10 (98,184 points)
    Bottom line here is that you need to find a way to connect your drive to your Mac. The enclosure is the way to go because it will have the type of connectors that you will need to connect to your computer. I don't know any way around this.

    Maybe a repair shop would let you use one of their old devices for a modest fee. This will be a one time operation. Maybe they would do it for you as well for not much more.

    The drive must be configured in Mac OS Extended (Journaled) and I doubt that any PC would have this option. Disk Utility is the best option for this.