Introduction

The hardrive is critical to the life of the device. The hardrive is a key piece of the time capsule, so awareness and moving slow through the steps is beneficial to ensuring no problems when the repair is made. This guide is do-able by anyone, but will not consume much time. If the user wants to add more storage then a replacement of the hardrive is a popular choice.

Parts

No parts required.

Turn the device upside down to reveal the rubber section of the back plate. Using a metal spudger, carefully wedge the blunt tip into the space between the aluminum back plate and the rubber, separating the two pieces. This may take a few minutes to pry the rubber off completely. Once your are able to get a grip on the rubber it is easier to peel it off using your hands. Don't worry about re-applying adhesive to the rubber; the remaining adhesive has plenty of strength to affix itself to the aluminum.
  • Turn the device upside down to reveal the rubber section of the back plate. Using a metal spudger, carefully wedge the blunt tip into the space between the aluminum back plate and the rubber, separating the two pieces.

    • This may take a few minutes to pry the rubber off completely. Once your are able to get a grip on the rubber it is easier to peel it off using your hands.

    • Don't worry about re-applying adhesive to the rubber; the remaining adhesive has plenty of strength to affix itself to the aluminum.

The epoxy cementing the rubber pad to the aluminum base is a lot stronger than the rubber itself. The rubber is likely to tear as you remove it; I had to use a putty knife to clear the screws. It's worth hanging onto the branding near the Ethernet ports, for future identification (model number, serial number, Ethernet ID, AirPort ID); you can fashion a replacement pad out of neoprene rubber.

adlerpe - Reply

Mine completely ripped I have no back cover now its in multiple pieces…. mine was giving off way to much heat and hard drive errors so I decided to replace hard drive and fan wish me luck BUT if yours is overheating do not expect to get back off without ripping the rubber to

William - Reply

Remove the ten 3mm screws with a Phillips #00 screwdriver. The screws with adhesive covering do not need to be removed.
  • Remove the ten 3mm screws with a Phillips #00 screwdriver.

    • The screws with adhesive covering do not need to be removed.

The two screws in the top center of this picture should not be removed at this time. They are locating pins on the hard drive.

neil.davenport - Reply

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The fan affixed to the back plate is connected to the logic board. A small wire must be detached to fully remove the back plate. Pull the base of the wire close to the logic board and the connector will pop off.
  • The fan affixed to the back plate is connected to the logic board. A small wire must be detached to fully remove the back plate.

  • Pull the base of the wire close to the logic board and the connector will pop off.

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Peel off the adhesive backed foam from the top of the drive.
  • Peel off the adhesive backed foam from the top of the drive.

  • Lift the drive straight up and out of the device.

Probably worth noting that the adhesive backed foam is covering what appears to be a temperature sensor which is stuck to the drive. That needs to be removed and installed on the new drive too. In addition there are pins and rubber boots (which may still be attached to the metal cover removed in step 2) on the drive which need to be transferred to the new drive. I couldn't unscrew them from my drive and had to use pliers to loosen them.

neil.davenport - Reply

One should also remove the 4 distance pieces/spacers (2 aluminum screws [P1] on each side of the hard drive).

Lars Clasen - Reply

Remove the SATA connector and power connector from the end of the hard drive by simply pulling the cables straight away from the connection points. Remove the SATA connector and power connector from the end of the hard drive by simply pulling the cables straight away from the connection points. Remove the SATA connector and power connector from the end of the hard drive by simply pulling the cables straight away from the connection points.
  • Remove the SATA connector and power connector from the end of the hard drive by simply pulling the cables straight away from the connection points.

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In the photo showing the bottom of the capsule and the 12 circled screws: only 10 need to be removed (as the instructions say). In this step, do not remove the 2 screws at the top center.

After the hard drive is removed, unscrew the 4 standoffs from the old drive and transfer them to the new hard drive. Be sure to account for all 4 grey rubber "o-rings" that go on these standoffs.

Reassemble.

Format the new drive using Airport Utility.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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