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Adding a hard drive?

You said there were spots on the board for adding a SATA drive. What about the power supply? How difficult would it be to add a hard drive? Is there any software that is Apple's to turn it into a Time Capsule?

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Re-read the tear downs of both units. Note there are some additional hardware pieces and the logic board is not fully populated with the needed stuff.

Bottom line here: It's not practical to try to upgrade the new Extreme to a Time Capsule given the price difference is so close to what you'll pay on the open market for just the HD alone.

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How can you say that? A new 2TB Time Capsule is 300 bucks. A 2TB SATA drive is $68 from Amazon. That's about as "close" as Alaska and Puerto Rico.

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You missed the point! The issue was taking an AirPort Extreme and making it into a Time Capsule version.

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While you can do it there's a missing connection on the board for the hard drive. This is a SMD part and is not easy to install. It probably also has a additional SATA controller Apple never used on that model or it was disabled ans you need a non binned board and firmware to make it work. You also need a really short SATA cable too. You ain't finding that cable all that easily with how small it is. It's not worth the trouble, but it is probably possible.

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still, extra sata controller, don't see it on TC.

additionally it appears second SATA connector was provisioned.

ifix it, aren't we here to fix?

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There is only one SATA connection (and only space for one drive).

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Ne peu t'on pas mettre à l’intérieur de la borne airport express un disque 2,5 pouce de 1 ou 2 Terra avec contrôleur USB intégré pour le brancher directement sur l'USB 2 de la borne et ceci en faisant une encoche en bas prêt du branchement électrique et ceci pour sortir le câble USB et pouvoir le brancher sur la borne  ?????. On obtiendra une Time Machine compact ????

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Do not you put inside the airport express terminal a 2.5 inch disk of 1 or 2 Terra with integrated USB controller to connect directly to the USB 2 of the terminal and this making a notch in Ready for the electrical connection and this to exit the USB cable and be able to connect it to the terminal ?????. We will get a Compact Time Machine ????

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