AirPort Extreme, external drive = Time Machine?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Che Castro, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. macrumors 601

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    is anybody using an airport extreme with an external drive for time machine successfully ?
    i know apple doesn't support this

    i did some google searching and the people that where having problems where the ones backing up 2 macs in the same drive without making 2 partitions

    ill only be backing up a mac mini ,i have an old 2tb drive im not using

    so will this work?

    wd 2tb drive to airport extreme
    have time machine do a backup once a week
    i want everything to be included, movies, music

    so the backup will be around 1.5tb

    my mac mini is connected to the airport extreme via Ethernet if that's makes a difference ?


    ill be doing a backup once a week during night time, i keep my mini in sleep mode :apple:
     
  2. macrumors regular

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    #2

    It works great, I been doing it for years without an issue.
     
  3. macrumors 68030

    FreakinEurekan

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    #3
    You could, but if only backing up the one Mac Mini what's the benefit? Plug it directly into the Mini, it's faster & easier.
     
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    Weaselboy

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    It is not supported by Apple. It seems to work just fine for some users and for others it just stops working for no known reason.
     
  5. macrumors demi-god

    glenthompson

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    I have my suspicions that the extreme + drive use as a time machine backup fails due to wireless glitches messing up the backup process. No empirical proof but it might be interesting to see if connecting with Ethernet provides a more reliable system.

    In this case I would attach the drive to the mini unless there's a good reason to remote it.
     

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