Apple 5th Gen Time Capsules Failing According to Reports


Backup storage is a big deal in our community and for more than a few good reasons. Given that, any news about potential issues with cloud services or devices tends to make the headlines and fast.

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Looking at the past couple of weeks, it seems to be a rough time for hard drive owners.

There were issues with Western Digital devices that we reported on a little bit ago.

And now the vaunted Apple’s fifth-generation Time Capsules are supposedly failing.

But, unlike in the other stories, this might be because of a design flaw and not a software issue.

DPReview reports that German company Datenrettung, specializing in data recovery, identified issues with models sold between 2014 and 2018.

“We must assume that this is an error in the design of the Seagate Grenada hard drive installed in the Time Capsule (ST3000DM001 / ST2000DM001). The parking ramp of this hard drive consists of two different materials. Sooner or later, the parking ramp will break on this hard drive model, installed in a rather poorly ventilated Time Capsule,” Datenrettung explained.

So, what’s the incidence rate for this parking ramp mechanism breaking? According to Datenrettung, it is found in 100% of the models they examined. Further, they say that the data recovery process for the fifth-generation Time Capsule is pretty difficult but not impossible.

As usual, having multiple backup solutions is probably the best advice anyone can give or take in this regard.

Do you own a 5th-gen Apple Time Capsule? Have you experienced any problems? Let us know your story in the comments below.

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