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Time Capsule: The Arrival

March 1, 2008

I picked up Time Capsule on Friday at the Apple Store while my friend is still waiting for his pre-order to arrive. Take that Vondiggity!

I bought the 500GB version because:

  • I didn’t see the 1 TeraByte version in the particular Apple Store.
  • I don’t want to spend $500 + sales tax for it.

Time Capsule comes with AirPort Utility 5.3 for Mac OS X and Windows XP/Vista. Mac OS X 10.5.2 Leopard AirPort utility has version 5.2.2 included.

Airport Utility 5.3

The Time Capsule I have is using Seagate Barracuda® ES SATA 3.0Gb/s 500-GB Hard Drive, model number ST3500630NS.

From Seagate:

The Seagate® Barracuda® ES enterprise hard drive is the industry’s most reliable, highest capacity 7200-RPM hard drive for 24 x 7, multidrive, business-critical applications. The Barracuda ES hard drive is built with perpendicular recording technology for maximum capacity, reliability and cost-effectiveness.

The Unofficial Apple Weblog reported that one user’s 1 TeraByte Time Capsule is equipped with HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000 HDS721010KLA330 (full tech specs here in pdf format).

From Hitachi:

Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000


  • Internal and external storage for consumer
  • computers
  • Networked storage servers
  • Extreme gaming machines
  • Video editing arrays

Is it possible that the 500GB model has a better hard drive, or there are a lot more variations on the installed hard drive models?

The highest capacity for Seagate Barracuda ES is 750GB. Meanwhile, Seagate Barracuda ES.2 is available in capacity up to 1 TeraByte.

Time Capsule Installer Disc

Time Capsule 1 Time Capsule 2 Time Capsule 3

Time Capsule 4 Time Capsule 5  Time Capsule 6

Time Capsule 7

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