Running MacOS 10.14.6 on late 2015 iMac, plenty of RAM and Fusion HD space.
I have a 2TB Time Capsule from I’m thinking 2011. It has been used as a wireless router for the house with a 500GB Time Capsule extending the range. I’ve been using Time Machine to back up on the 2TB Time Capsule and also on a USB HD, so I have duplicate copies, while a laptop has been using the 500GB for Time Machine backups. We also use SuperDuper for bootable backups on multiple drives, and I use Arq Cloud Backup to backup my important data.
So, in a vein similar to other TBT threads, recently Time Machine has reported that it needed to start a new backup.
Now here’s the crux of my current issues. I thought I ought to see if there were HD issues by using Disk Utilities to First Aid the Time Capsule, but when connected via WiFi the TC HD didn’t appear, so I assumed Disk Utilities wouldn’t work over WiFi and waited until I could move the iMac near the TC and connect it via Ethernet.
When I did connect via Ethernet I tried again to build a new Time Machine backup. That failed after less than 30 minutes on several attempts. When I first tried Disk Utilities the TC HD still didn’t appear, but after poking around suddenly it did appear. (It did/does appear in the Finder but usually says ‘Not Connected’. I can hit ‘Connect’ and use my password to connect to the TC HD, so this may have been the sequence to get it to appear in Disk Utilities.) In any case, once it appeared in Disk Utilities there was nothing I could actually do to it. I tried First Aid but Disk Utilities said it couldn’t perform that operation. I thought, what the heck, I have another Time Machine backup, I’ll just reformat the HD and start fresh, but Disk Utilities informed me that that operation failed, as well.
So, does this sound familiar to anyone here, and am I right in assuming it means the TC HD is toast? (The WiFi still works and using its 5GHz radios it’s still faster than the ActionTek device supplied by my ISP. I’m waiting for the next generation of WiFi routers to appear before replacing the TC entirely.)
Thanks for any wisdom.