In this instructable I'm going to show you how to crack this badboy open, remove your HD and rehouse it so that you can save at least a hundred bucks.
I bought my time capsule in '08 and it lasted longer than the 18 months many sites report to be the average lifespan. I did register it with timecapsuledead.org/, and that's where some of my research began.
Luckily Apple was kind enough to send me a new one(even though mine was out of warranty) and all they asked was that I send them my old one. Most people get this far and then fret because while getting a new one is great, their files are still on the old one. I can tell you firsthand your files are still there and still fine, the part that seems to break most often with time capsules is something related to power source. Mine went out when the power went out in my living room, but then never turned back on.
After politely explaining my predicament to apple, they re-arranged the order so that I could keep my old one, specifically to perform this experiment. Thank Apple!
I'm including my pics, much better pictures can be found here: www.flickr.com/photos/24254876@N03/2300920529/in/set-72157604011791554/
And here are much better instructions here : www.applefritter.com/node/23907
Step 1: Take the Rubber Footing Off.
After you get the foot off, remove all of the screws, be sure to get the ones hiding under the glue. If it's difficult at all to remove the metal sheet then you haven't gotten all of the screws. Once you've gotten all the screws, be careful not to snap the wire that connects the two sides.
Step 2: Taking the Hd Out
It came out surprisingly easy, I think some of the screws from step one were also holding the drive in. Unplug the cable that are currently plugged into the drive and remove it.
I put everything back together, I might use some part of it again in the future, who knows.
Step 3: Buy a Housing and Put the Drive in It.
Putting the drive in the housing is pretty straightforward, things only go together one way, so take your time and you'll get it right the first time. Know what kind of drive you have, in the apple time capsule case it's a 3.5 inch SATA drive, so I needed to find a 3.5 inch SATA compatible housing. It was a piece of cake, know that just because there are wires inside the housing, you don't necessarily have to use them all, reading the instructions can resolve this issue.
In the final picture you can see my drive setting in the case-almost finished.
Step 4: Plug It In, Turn It On.
After being dead for more than a week, my time capsule(which I named The Delorean) came right back up with everything all there. There are a couple more drives that showed up called, "APconfic" and "APswap"...I don't know what they are and I'm not going to mess with them. I know the first time I tried to unmount one of them the entire thing unmounted, but I just unplugged the usb from my mac and plugged it right back in and they showed back up.
In retrospect this is a brilliant product and I love it. I can use my computer anywhere in my network's range and have access to files/folders that are too large to keep on my macbook. I hope my new one doesn't poop out in a year or two, but if it does I'm just going to call apple again and keep my fingers crossed their customer service is still A+. Either way at this point they've already done me a solid, I've got 2 terabyte drives now for the price of 1 that I paid for in '08.