Apple AirPort Time Capsules Prone to Defects That Can Wipe Data: Report
Data recovery experts warn that fifth-generation Apple AirPort Time Capsule devices produced between 2014 and 2018 are subject to a critical design flaw that can lead to “abnormally high failure rates” and complete data loss.
Apple Time Capsule storage devices combined an AirPort base with a backup drive designed to work in tandem with the company’s Time Machine backup software. It was a combination of network storage and a WLAN base station that would support automatic and wireless data backup for all connected Mac computers and allow the use of an external USB hard drive as a secure drive. on the network.
Apple abandoned the time capsule in 2018.
As reported through 9to5Mac, German data recovery company Datenrettung Berlin noted that in these Time Capsule devices, Apple chose to use Seagate Grenade hard drives, which now suffer from what is described as a “design flaw” that can lead to high failure rates.
“As a professional data recovery service, we see Time Capsule devices quite often to perform Time Capsule data recovery,” writes Datenrettung, translated from German. “In the many scans, we had to diagnose the same type of damage in almost 100% of the cases: a broken parking ramp and, as a result, a destroyed and deformed read / write unit as well as severe surface damage to the disks. of data. “
Dattenrettung says he thinks the culprit is the Seagate Grenade hard drive (ST3000DM001 / ST2000DM001 2014-2018) and that sooner or later the material used for the parking ramp – a tab that serves as a location for the heads to be park when they are not. reading or writing data – will break.
“The damage to the parking ramp then leads to the destruction and severe deformation of the read / write unit the next time the read / write unit is parked,” writes Dattenrettung. “If the Time Capsule is turned back on or wakes from sleep mode, the data disks on the Seagate hard drive are destroyed because the warped read / write unit rubs against them.
According to Dattenrettung, almost 100% of the cases where Time Capsules from this period had to be repaired were related to this “identical damage” and affect all fifth generation Time Capsule devices. Although in some cases data can be recovered, this is not always the case and it is not always fully recoverable. Dattenrettung recommends that current users of fifth generation Time Capsule devices look for an alternative backup solution, while 9to5Mac Note that iFixit has a detailed guide which shows how to swap the AirPort Time Capsule’s hard drives for another.
It’s been a tough month for consumer network attached storage devices. At the end of June, Western Digital My Book Live hard drives were the victims of an exploit which allowed the contents of the drives to be remotely deleted. This feat has apparently been in place since the day the drives first hit the market and has never been repaired. On July 2, a major vulnerability affecting all Western Digital NAS drives running OS3 was also revealed.