Well after 5 years of flawless service my Airport Extreme threw up some errors last week. Research online alluded to the possibility of fixing disk errors by connecting my Airport via USB or Ethernet and running Disk Utility (First Aid) and have it repair said errors.
That’s all fine and dandy if you could connect an Ethernet cable to a modern MacBook Pro.
Katie mentioned once on MPU that she has several storage tubs in the closet full of cables and the likes, and I’m no different. My tub has every cable or connector know to mankind. Or so I thought.
Whilst I can drag out my old iomega zip drive and an external floppy disk drive (I even have 1.44Mb disks to suit) I simply do not have a male USB to male USB cable. Luckily plan B was finding my 2009 Macbook Pro which does have an Ethernet port. I ran disk utility (This MBP is stuck on El Capitan) but alas, no luck.
So, my weekend project is to fix it myself. Armed with a screwdriver and https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Airport+Time+Capsule+A1470+Hard+Drive+Replacement/61924 I managed to successfully disassemble the unit and remove the hard drive.
I’ll buy a replacement drive this coming week. Most likely replacing the 3TB drive with a 4 TB drive. Stay tuned, I’ll report my progress.