Time Capsule Oddities

I have an Airport Time Capsule that is running as a Time Capsule only. Ever since I can remember, the status of this device has been “1.4 TB of 2 TB available”. However, my oldest backup is only from last November.

As an experiment, I turned off file sharing on the TC. Immediately the disc became unavailable to TM. A day later, no backups had occurred, so I turned file sharing back on. Voila, backups started immediately.

So there’s two things I don’t understand here:

  1. Why isn’t more of the disc used, and
  2. Why does turning off file sharing make the TC unavailable?

You must be right. After adding the last big batch of photos, the status dropped to 1.38 TB available.