2 Replies Latest reply: Nov 13, 2012 4:05 AM by Gianluca1874
Gianluca1874 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

How can I back up Time Capsule to an external hard drive? Before Lion and Mountain Lion it was very easy because in Utility Airport there was a specific feature that allowed that but now....

Or if you know another way to do it in a quick way because I tried to do that by copying all the files from TC to the other drive but it said that it would take 9 days to finish!!!

Thanks in advance for your help

OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • LaPastenague Level 8 Level 8 (45,290 points)

    There is no v5 utility for ML.. that includes the archive but it can be slipped into the OS with a little magic. It is compatible but the installer isn't. See below. 


    If you want to copy the files you are better using a backup utility like CCC or superduper that should be able to copy the TC drive to a local external disk.. that would be much faster than USB drive plugged into the TC, albeit not so convenient.


    How to load 5.6 into ML.


    1. Download 5.6 for Lion.


    Click to open the dmg but do not attempt to install the pkg.. it won't work anyway.



    2. Download and install unpkg.




    Run unpkg on the desktop.. it is very simple.. drag the AirPortUtility56.pkg file over to unpkg.. and it will create a new directory of the same name on the desktop.. drill down.. applications utilities .. there lo and behold is Airport utility 5.6 .. drag it to your main utilities directory or just run it from current location.



    You cannot uninstall 6.1 so don't try.. and you cannot or should not run them both at the same time.. so just ignore the toyland version.. the plastic hammer.. and start using 5.6.. a real tool.

  • Gianluca1874 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you very much!!! Unpkg was the missing link!

    I already tryed to install 5.6 for Lion but with no success, now I tried again using unpkg following your steps and it worked, grat! thanks again.