When I lost WiFi throughout the house the other day, I got right on the problem. Fortunately, I have a very expensive tool made by Fluke for diagnosing this sort of device. You just attach to the front of the router and after about ten minutes of automated analysis, it’ll tell you with greater than 90% accuracy whether or not the Time Capsule’s power light is lit.
I then moved on to Step Two. After licking the wall outlet and regaining consciousness, I had a definitive answer: the Time Capsule’s power supply was shot.
The good news: my Time Capsule’s serial number is in that group of Time Capsules with known power supply issues. I’ll take it to my local Apple Store; there’s a seriously nonzero chance that they’ll just swap me a new unit.
The bad news: it’s a backup device, for cripes’ sake. I can’t let someone take away a hard drive containing backups of both Lilith and my desktop.
The worst news: the only way to address that is to crack it open — step one is “heat up the rubber base to soften the adhesive, and then gently peel it away, being careful not to tear the rubber, to expose the screws” — extract the drive, and put it in a drive dock.
Done and done.
Then I got to the third time-sink: this Time Capsule has a couple of very old backups. It even has a complete backup of Lilith 8, from early 2008. I wasted a whole hour looking at old pictures. It was exactly like when it gets warm enough that you need to get your light jacket out of the basement closet, but before you can reach it, you come across a box of pictures from ten years ago that you’d completely forgotten about. The next thing you know, you’re getting a text message from someone whom you were supposed to meet for dinner about 45 minutes ago.
Which leaves me at the fourth time-sink: backing up the backups.
I’m pretty sure I already have backups of this data somewhere but I’m very sure that I have this 2 terabyte hard drive that’s sitting here completely empty. And how long would it take for me to hook it up and start the backup process?
No, seriously. I’ve no idea. The drive dock is FireWire 800 but the backup target is USB 2.
(Ihnatko gets up, walks back into office, checks the progress bar)
Okay, yeah: it ought to be all wrapped up by not much later than midnight.
I shouldn’t be surprised. The whole point of a time capsule is that you fill it with stuff without any real expectation that you’ll still be alive when the contents see the light of day again.