I have an old Time Capsule, 2TB, Model A1355.

Does any way exist to repurpose the device as just an external hard drive?

If possible, I'd like to:

  • store my music library on the Time Capsule then access the music via iTunes from my MacPro &
  • disable the wireless and networking capabilities (excepting any required to use the device as an external drive).

I have upgraded my network/wireless to a Lynksys Velop so I don't need the networking & wireless capabilities of the Time Capsule anymore.

It would just seem like a waste to throw out the device if one can repurpose it.

  • Can't you do this through AirPort Utility directly?
    – nohillside
    Apr 5, 2020 at 16:02
  • One way would be to repurpose the drive inside the capsule and use another enclosure. Apr 5, 2020 at 16:40
  • First "wireless" is networking and second the USB port is for sharing printers and the like. Like @Thunder_Ruler said take the HD out of the Time Capsule and put it in a USB enclosure. Apr 5, 2020 at 16:45
  • Bear in mind that A1355 was discontinued in 2011, so the hard drive is at least 9 years old. I would not want to rely on that as a 'media server', even assuming you've got a backup. You can buy a new 2TB USB drive for not much money.
    – benwiggy
    Apr 5, 2020 at 17:24

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Does any way exist to repurpose the device as just an external hard drive?

Yes, if you want it just to be an external drive. Following this iFixit guide to Disassembling a Time Capsule.

You can remove the internal Hard Drive and place it into a dedicated USB external drive enclosure.

As far as I am aware, you cannot disable the core functionality without also disabling access to the drive.

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