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Hi, I have a Pizza Box Time Capsule (TC) A1409 2TB


It was working fine then went a bit wonky on me, not sure why but anyway... When I plug it in it displays a green light and then It displays the Amber light - Always on.


I cannot reset it, soft or hard, even when I pull the power plug, press the reset button and then plug the power plug back in it still will not reset.


On my router the ethernet cable light that goes from my router to the TC doesn't light up, indicating no signal from the TC as far as I can tell.


I removed the Hard drive and it tested fine and I could see the folders like Data.


Because I cannot access the TC from Airport utility I cannot format it, so my question is can I format it externally and then put it back in and the TC will see it?


If yes, would the formatting be Mac OS X Extended (Journaled)?

iMac, macOS Sierra (10.12), Mid 2011

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Formatting the hard disk outside the TC is now somewhat tricky because Apple includes hidden partition for recovery.


Anyway it seems your hard disk is fine.

I removed the Hard drive and it tested fine and I could see the folders like Data.

If you can see and read the Data partition then you have a different problem.


It is simple to test. With the hard disk removed.. power on the TC. The disk does not have to be present for the TC to boot. It you still get solid amber the fault is still there.


When I plug it in it displays a green light and then It displays the Amber light - Always on

Although solid amber is usually caused by a faulty hard disk in the TC.. it can also be a faulty board. This is fairly common on the Gen4. They suffer poor soldering. Mostly the fault leaves the main LED off.. but in your case the TC is partly working.


I would still give it an oven bake. It may not be successful as your fault could be slightly different.. but since you have the TC open.. it is not difficult to go the rest of the way.


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Gen4 A1409 issues - LaPastenague

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Mar 15, 2018 12:41 PM in response to Chubby_Ninja_Fu In response to Chubby_Ninja_Fu

You can format it external to the TC, but I don't think that the hard drive is the issue with your TC. Most likely, it is the power supply or circuitry that is failing or has failed.


LaPastenauge has a lot of experience with these types of failures and may chime in with some options for you to try.

Mar 15, 2018 12:41 PM

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Mar 15, 2018 1:35 PM in response to Chubby_Ninja_Fu In response to Chubby_Ninja_Fu

Formatting the hard disk outside the TC is now somewhat tricky because Apple includes hidden partition for recovery.


Anyway it seems your hard disk is fine.

I removed the Hard drive and it tested fine and I could see the folders like Data.

If you can see and read the Data partition then you have a different problem.


It is simple to test. With the hard disk removed.. power on the TC. The disk does not have to be present for the TC to boot. It you still get solid amber the fault is still there.


When I plug it in it displays a green light and then It displays the Amber light - Always on

Although solid amber is usually caused by a faulty hard disk in the TC.. it can also be a faulty board. This is fairly common on the Gen4. They suffer poor soldering. Mostly the fault leaves the main LED off.. but in your case the TC is partly working.


I would still give it an oven bake. It may not be successful as your fault could be slightly different.. but since you have the TC open.. it is not difficult to go the rest of the way.


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Gen4 A1409 issues - LaPastenague

Mar 15, 2018 1:35 PM

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Mar 15, 2018 3:49 PM in response to LaPastenague In response to LaPastenague

Baked as per instructions with the link you posted but with a slight modification. I cannot turn the fan off on my Oven so I adjusted all the temps down by 10 Degrees, I left the timing as stated. Time Capsule is now up and running 😀


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Mar 15, 2018 3:49 PM

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Mar 15, 2018 4:16 PM in response to Chubby_Ninja_Fu In response to Chubby_Ninja_Fu

Good work.. thanks for the feedback.

There is actually very good success rate for this "FIX"

And once done seems to last very well.. unlike some graphic cards or computer boards.. apple does seem to have more than its fair share of soldering issues.

Mar 15, 2018 4:16 PM

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Mar 15, 2018 5:46 PM in response to LaPastenague In response to LaPastenague

Well its well on its way backing up 466GB worth of junk lol!

The sweetener to all of this is, I was given this time capsule because the owners just went and bought a new one when this stopped working. They asked me to install the new one, paid me for the pleasure and said do you want the old one.


I thought I'd fixed it and it worked for a while then it went wonky and I almost resigned it to the bin but thought I'd ask here before I did, the rest is history. 😀

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