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My computer slowed down. Then there was no time machine backup to my Time Capsule. When I tried to do a backup it wouldn't complete it. So I am using a different external drive for my backup and have installed Google wi-fi as my router. My computer was fine after I switched the backup to a different disk. And my internet speed is now much faster.


I am trying to check the 3T Time capsule to see if it can be repaired, but if a attach it directly to my computer so I can use Disk Utility, it doesn't mount and doesn't show in Disk Utility. Is there a way I can do this, or should i trash the Time Capsule?


27 in iMac (2013)

OS10.13.4

3T Time Capsule

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Apr 19, 2018 10:23 PM in response to sandyb49 In response to sandyb49

3TB TC is either Gen4 or Gen5. We need to know which.. tall one or flat one??


Plugging the TC directly to the computer makes no difference.. it is now and forevermore a network drive.

I am assuming you plugged it in via ethernet.. USB won't work at all.


You cannot use disk utility on a network drive.. so open the airport utility.. if you see the TC.. click on the icon and go to the disk tab.

If the TC is not showing in disk utility you need to reset it to factory and start over.. but it might be complicated setup as your wireless is working to the google wifi.. what IP does it get??


The TC will change to 10.0.1.1 after a reset.. so you should be able to pick it up. However if wireless is using 10.x.x.x as well you might have trouble.

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Apr 19, 2018 10:23 PM in response to sandyb49 In response to sandyb49

Agreed.. local drive is faster and much more reliable cf a network drive.. especially since Sierra.


Your two TC are worth a bit still on ebay etc. So I would sell them off NOW.. and use the proceeds for new USB 3 drives.

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Apr 19, 2018 10:23 PM in response to sandyb49 In response to sandyb49

3TB TC is either Gen4 or Gen5. We need to know which.. tall one or flat one??


Plugging the TC directly to the computer makes no difference.. it is now and forevermore a network drive.

I am assuming you plugged it in via ethernet.. USB won't work at all.


You cannot use disk utility on a network drive.. so open the airport utility.. if you see the TC.. click on the icon and go to the disk tab.

If the TC is not showing in disk utility you need to reset it to factory and start over.. but it might be complicated setup as your wireless is working to the google wifi.. what IP does it get??


The TC will change to 10.0.1.1 after a reset.. so you should be able to pick it up. However if wireless is using 10.x.x.x as well you might have trouble.

Apr 19, 2018 10:23 PM

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Apr 19, 2018 7:21 PM in response to LaPastenague In response to LaPastenague

Thank you for answering my basic question. I will try setting it up again as a network drive and see if I can follow your instructions. It is the tall 3t Time capsule. I also have a flat 2T Time capsule that I’m no longer using. I’m basically trying to see if I can use either of these for extra storage drives rather than Time machine drives. But it sounds like it may not be worth the trouble. The smaller portable drives are probably better suited to my needs.

Apr 19, 2018 7:21 PM

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Apr 19, 2018 10:23 PM in response to sandyb49 In response to sandyb49

Agreed.. local drive is faster and much more reliable cf a network drive.. especially since Sierra.


Your two TC are worth a bit still on ebay etc. So I would sell them off NOW.. and use the proceeds for new USB 3 drives.

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