Time Capsule ships; quickly unboxed and dissected (updated)

Time Capsule ships; quickly unboxed and dissected (updated)

Summary: PowerPager Chuck Freedman has posted a complete unboxing and first impressions of the long-awaited Time-Capsule 1TB model. Although it's a spitting image of the venerable (albeit crippled) Airport Extreme Base Station (AEBS) Freedman notes "the unit is about two inches larger square than its Airport Extreme base station cousin.

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Time Capsule ships; quickly unboxed and dissectedPowerPager Chuck Freedman has posted a complete unboxing and first impressions of the long-awaited Time-Capsule 1TB model. Although it's a spitting image of the venerable (albeit crippled) Airport Extreme Base Station (AEBS) Freedman notes "the unit is about two inches larger square than its Airport Extreme base station cousin."

NakedMac did a Time Capsule takeapart on Flickr (Thanks Engadget) Spoiler: it features a Hitachi Deskstar HDS721010KLA330 (PN 0A36881) 7200 RPM hard drive – hardly "server-grade."

Update: According to Hitachi the Deskstar 7K1000 series HDD features a seek time of 8.5 ms (read), 9.2 ms (write), 4.17 ms latency. The error rate (non-recoverable) is 1 per 1.0 E15 bits transferred, Load/unload cycles (at 40°C) is 50,000. Full specs are in the PDF datasheet.

Macworld's Glenn Fleishman posted a hands-on report on TC and confirms that "you can also perform Time Machine backups to drives attached to the Time Capsule via USB."

Dear Apple: when can we expect ane AEBS firmware update enabling Time Machine backups to Airport Disk? After TC sales plateau?

What have you noticed about Time Capsule now that it's shipping?

Topics: Storage, Data Management

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  • Anxiously waiting for the Airport update as well. [nt]

    nt
    olePigeon
    • There won't be one...

      Not gonna happen, not matter how technically possible it is.
      Eriamjh
  • Class action law suit, file quickly!

    The HDD is not server grade! And it sells on NewEgg for $239! Oh wait I see an Apple logo on the case, never mind.....
    Johnny Vegas
    • Define "Server Grade"

      Please, define "Server Grade" for us.
      hortons@...
      • Ask O'Grady

        He wrote it in the article. Or did you not read it?

        [i]NakedMac did a Time Capsule takeapart on Flickr (Thanks Engadget) Spoiler: it features a Hitachi Deskstar HDS721010KLA330 (PN 0A36881) 7200 RPM hard drive ? [b]hardly ?server-grade.?[/b][/i]
        tikigawd
    • Wrong thing to sue about...

      If anything, we should get a class-action going about the lack of AEBS's Out Of Box (OOB) Time Machine capability instead. Along with any other router or NAS device that the Mac can use as a network hard drive.
      nix_hed
  • Questionable Vendor Selection

    First there was AT&T as the iPhone sole carrier, and now Hitachi as the HDD vendor. Didn't Hitachi take over the IBM "DeathStar" line? Anecdotally, one of those drives died on me personally, but from what I hear, it is a widespread issue.

    Why not Verizon for the iPhone and Seagate for a reliable drive?
    Cephacles
    • Wasn't Verizon the first choice...

      ...for the iPhone? i heard they turned Apple down because they didn't want to relinquish control of the interface (all Verizon phones look and work pretty much the same).
      derbaff
      • I'm pretty sure they also laughed

        at the shared revenues bit.
        tikigawd
  • RE: Time Capsule ships; quickly unboxed and dissected (updated)

    I have totally different experience with harddrives - the only faulty drives was from Seagate - IBM/Hitachi stiil works fine (some of them over 10 yrs)
    zeapawlu@...
  • RE: Time Capsule ships; quickly unboxed and dissected (updated)

    Although I hold Hitachi Deskstar's in high esteem, having a Time Capsule device with a **single** drive is utter madness.....

    What are they thinking of.....

    Roll on a 'Fat' Time Capsule that is hardware mirrored.
    neil.postlethwaite