Apple Time Capsule Model A1302 Hard Drive Replacement
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This guide will show you how to replace the hard drive in your Apple Time Capsule Model A1302.
- Author: rousp
- Time estimate: 30 minutes - 1 hour
- Difficulty: Moderate
Use this guide to replace the hard drive in your Apple Time Capsule Model A1302.
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Open the Time Capsule by exposing the screws that hold the device together. The screws are concealed by the rubber base, which is the bottom surface of the device.
Use a heat gun or hair dryer to heat the rubber base, which softens the adhesive holding it on.
Starting in a corner, carefully lift the rubber base to prevent tearing. You can use a guitar pick or a small, plastic ruler to help separate the rubber from the metal.
Once the rubber base is separated from the device, remove the 8 Phillips PH00 screws that attach the metal bottom of the case to the plastic top of the case.
Lift up the left side of the metal plate and slowly flip it over the right edge of the device.
Since many people have had serious problems with the fan power connnector breaking, it is advisable to NOT try to disconnect the fan power connector. Be VERY careful with this connector. It is extremely fragile. If you absolutely have to disconnect the fan from the logic board, VERY carefully use a spudger or tweezers to do so.
Lift the HDD out of the device and disconnect the two SATA cables from the HDD.
Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the four metal spacers (pegs) from the old HDD and install them in the same locations on the new HDD.
Place the temperature sensor in approximately the same position on the new HDD as on the old HDD. Cover the sensor with the foam, using adhesive tape if necessary.