The flaw in the AirPort Time Capsule’s internal design was discovered by Datenrettung Berlin, a German data recovery company. According to 9To5Mac, though Apple discontinued its AirPort Time Capsule in 2018, many Mac users continue to use it as a way to safely back up their data. Unfortunately, based on these new reports, that data could now be at risk.
When designing the AirPort Time Capsules, Apple used Seagate Grenada hard drives to meet the device’s internal storage needs. According to Datenrettung, a flaw in the materials used to create those drives is the culprit of the issues that users now face.