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replacing 500Go with 2To

Hi all, I'm new here and I have read the guide to replace the original HDD 500Go to a new Hard drive bigger.

I have thus bought a 2To Western Digital Green , removed all the screw and replaced the original by the new hard drives.

The Time capsule power up, but stay orange. I could not get the Wifi signal up.

I let it into the box for 5/10' but as it remain orange with no wifi I was afraid that I broke it.

I then put back the original hard drive into the TC. And it worked.

What could have I done wrong ? Should that TC need reinitialize ? I pressed the little button on the rear, it start flashing but it did not help.

Thanks for help !

PS : I must precise that the HDD was never used before and has no partition/not formatted, I don't know if it has any influence.

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I have powered the time capsule without the hard drive and the wifi show up. Would it be possible that the issue is with the hard drive? When I use the reinitialize function via airport utility it erase all the settings but even after the connection of the drive it does not start :(

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Well this was a 2nd gen Time Capsule, and it worked finally, I move the HDD Back to the shop, they tested it and it was dead, they provided me with a new one and it worked.

Thanks all for your help !

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Cedric,

Here is a old article that explains how this is done http://www.applefritter.com/node/23907

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thanks for your answer, but this is what I have done, the HDD is a Western Digital Green 2To SATA 64Mo Cache / WD20EZRX. Are you aware of any 'incompatibility' with this one ?

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I am not aware of any.

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Are you absolutely sure that the wifi isn't up? You have done exactly what I did with a WDC Green HDD of the same specs. The light showed orange until I connected to the Time Capsule via Airport Utility and formatted the drive. If you can't connect via wifi, try doing this via an ethernet cable.

By the way, 99.9% of English speakers won't know what a 500Go or a 2To is - you might use the acronyms GB and TB instead!

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yes I'm sure and moreover the LAN cable is not working as well, like if everything shut down when that hard drive is in the capsule. I disconnect it. All back, even if the hard drive is not connected. Weird isn't it ? I guess this is an incompatibility or a not dealt with drive due to model/revision/firmware ... I have nothing else to try, so I could not even check if this is not the HDD itself which is dead.

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I just realized you said 500Go, which means it's older than my upgraded time capsule - which model is your time capsule? The oldest MB276LL/A and MB277LL/A time capsules from 2008 don't support the WDC "advanced format". See the thread at http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.p...

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Cedric will be eternally grateful.
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