13 Replies Latest reply: Sep 2, 2013 7:16 PM by MBPfan2
Marty Roberts Level 1 (10 points)

I woke up to a message that my computer had restarted on its own during the night.  Then I had no internet.  Time Capsule had its green light on.  I unplugged it to restart it and when I plugged it back in - no light!  No internet!  What happened?  Is it dead?  What can I do?

 

This is also the entire backup of my computer - yikes!!

Thanks!


iMac (24-inch Early 2009), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Marty Roberts Level 1 (10 points)

    Well I left it unplugged for about 25 minutes and then plugged it back in and now it is OK?  Mystery - but happy!

  • I Nefarious I Level 1 (10 points)

    most likey your internet service restarted over night, and the TC just needed that power cycle

  • Marty Roberts Level 1 (10 points)

    No it was my computer that restarted all on its own!  The time capsule was still on - green light, but no internet.  When I unplugged and then plugged back in, there was no light - like dead capsule - not a yellow light - no light.

    Very weird.

  • TehPwN Level 1 (10 points)

    You're gonna want to just go into the airport utility and erase the time capsule disk

  • Marty Roberts Level 1 (10 points)

    What?  Are you  kidding?  That is my entire back-up.  It is working fine now.

  • Bob Timmons Level 10 (98,124 points)

    No it was my computer that restarted all on its own!  The time capsule was still on - green light, but no internet.  When I unplugged and then plugged back in, there was no light - like dead capsule - not a yellow light - no light.

    Very weird.

     

     

    The Time Capsule is sending you warning messages. Unfortunately, it will fail completely soon. I suggest that you make plans now.

  • LaPastenague Level 8 (48,792 points)

    If you want that old backup.. most people only want the current settings.. then archive it to a USB drive today.

     

    The latest version airport utility has again put archive back.

     

    Your TC as Bob notes is sending out warning messages.. it will fail soon without any coming back from the dead.

     

    3years is their service life.. beyond that buy a new unit or replace with a different method.

  • TehPwN Level 1 (10 points)

    Time capsules are not know to fail, that being the case this is clearly a firmware issue. Just update your firmware and all will be right in the world

  • Marty Roberts Level 1 (10 points)

    Thanks for that advice.  I don't have any usb to back it up to - and it is huge - a terrabite.  Guess I need to consider a newer bigger one....

     

    Don't you think it could just be because my computer shut down unexpectedly?  Trying to remember if I've had this three years.....

  • LaPastenague Level 8 (48,792 points)

    TehPwN wrote:

     

    Time capsules are not know to fail,

    IF you turn on the TC and the light doesn't come on.. then that has nothing to do with firmware.

     

    All Gen 1 and Gen 2 TC suffer from bad power supplies and can die at any time.. just google it.

     

    Gen3 also suffer board issues.

     

    And updating firmware is not going to change a faulty TC into functional one.

  • MBPfan2 Level 1 (0 points)

    I would listen to LaPastenague. The man knows what he is talking about...  From What I know the only thing firmware may or may not fix. .. is different brands and capacity of drives that  have issues being recognized or have issues with spinning down or not spinning at all. IF, again that is a HUGE IF.. the firmware at all, can in fact correct those issues.

  • Marty Roberts Level 1 (10 points)

    I have an appt at the Apple Store on Monday to check it out.  If it is bad, I iwll get a new one.  Also looking into backing up in the Cloud.  Any recommendations?

  • MBPfan2 Level 1 (0 points)

    For me. I do not trust the cloud. ESPECIALLY NOW! Hard drives are cheap. Plus the cloud takes too long to back up to and too long to restore from. Even The WOZ said do not trust the cloud.