How to Map a Drive to the Time Capsule Windows

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The Apple Time Capsule is a combined wireless router, hard drive and print server. Apple computers can use the device as both a network hard drive and an automated backup server. Windows users are not left out in the cold; they can still use Time Capsule as a networked hard drive for backups or storage. However, it does require some configuration.

  • Plug in your time capsule.

  • Insert the Time Capsule CD into your Windows computer. The airport setup screen will appear automatically. Accept the license agreement and click "Next" in every dialog until you are asked if you would like to connect to your Time Capsule. Select "Ignore."

  • Click "Start," "Programs," "Airport," then select the "Airport Utility." You may receive a dialog asking you to update your software to the latest version. Select "Yes."

  • Click "Start," "Control Panel" and "Network Connections." Right-click "local area connection" and click "Internet Protocol." Select "Properties."

  • Change the IP address under "Use the following IP address" to "10.0.1.10" and change the mask to "255.255.255.0." Click "OK." You will temporarily lose access to the Internet.

  • Return to the Airport Utility window and click "Update Firmware." When it finishes, click "Continue."

  • Restore the IP address to its original value from before Step 5 by selecting the "Use DHCP option."

    The Time Capsule hard drive will be mounted to drive letter Z:.

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