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I'm always happily surprised when people at the Tech Shop see my hacked Time Capsule and they say "Oh Wow Cool! I connected this drive up to my Mac with a "USB to SATA Adapter cable." Then I copied the backed up files using the OSX Finder." But then I ask them if they really know what a Time Capsule is and quite frankly many do not actually know what it does. TIP: You don't need to be a Tech Shop member to find power supplies like this, as a Maker, you can make it a habit to save old power supplies from old electronics.The requirements or wish list that I had for this project are as follows: 1. an Arduino Pro Mini to do some automation, check the temperature, or do some fancy LED work.) 5. ;-) This is a "Green Design" and is eco-friendly, it uses more than 75% recycled parts (and by making it capable to run on 12v DC only we can easily make it solar powered without an inverter.)Well, here is my hack to guide you through breaking it open and giving it lots of more useful life.Make a cool Raspberry Pi case and disguise my Apple Time Capsule. Allow the use of 120v AC or 12v DC (through a toggle switch.) Having 12v DC capability allows me to easily make this a portable device. Change the Green LED on the front of the Time Capsule to Blue. In this Instructable, I show you how to repurpose the Apple Time Capsule with recycled components.I try and make it a habit to only connect a powered USB hub and Wireless mouse directly to the Raspberry Pi.Everything else like the Wireless card, SSD, Keyboard should go through the powered USB hub.When I was done building most of the hardware for this project I decided to add on little feature that would give you a visual clue as to how this Time Capsule is now different.
During this process I learned the folllowing: - Applied DC electronics theory and practiced prototyping small form factor electronics for consumer use - Applied Linux knowledge to install and configure the Raspberry Pi and Debian Linux based Raspbian operating system - Learned to make prototypes with little or no money (by recycling) - Found out what kind of product I could package into a small space, looks good, and will last through vigorous movement (consumers like to move their tech gear around without much care for what's inside...) NOTE: The photo in this step is what the insides of a normal Time Capsule look like. I recovered the data from the Time Capsule after I opened it and removed the hard drive.I tied two 100 ohm resistors (in series) to the Anode lead of the LED so I don't burn it up.Then I wrapped both leads in heat shrink and used the heat gun to shrink this wrap for a protective layer so that the LED leads will not short out in the case. Before we can get the software hack to work we need an operating system to boot our Raspberry Pi motherboard.(there's quite a few of these out there now as the first generation Apple Time Capsules have been dying now for some time due to failed hard drives or power supplies.) Maybe you want more out of your dead Apple carcass. Laser Cut Some Acrylic To Retrofit The Apple Time Capsule Case & Build A Pi Capsule 8.After all, after spending 0 dollars on your luxury Apple backup device why not squeeze some more use out if it. Change out the Green LED on the Time Capsule for a Blue LED 9.
The first thing to do is take apart the Apple Time Capsule. For the official explanation visit The Raspberry Pi is a ($35) electronic main board that can function as a full Linux computer that connects to any modern TV or display through HDMI, or even older style TVs with only RCA (composite connectors.) The Raspberry Pi also has a "GPU" that allows you to playback HD video. Keep in mind that with this hack, you will want to connect the SSD Hard Drive using a SATA to Mini-USB cable and then use an external "Powered" USB Hub.