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My time capsule is disappearing from my Finder list (left side) occasionally.. it is very odd. I have my iMac plugged in to it via Ethernet cable. How do I force my iMac to connect to it when it misbehaves like this?

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If it's connected via Ethernet the most likely cause is the drive has fallen asleep and your system has lost its connection with the drive. The remedy: open the drive about once every two or three hours to keep it awake.

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