AirDisk/Airport Extreme: partitions for specified users

Discussion in 'macOS' started by brijazz, Jun 16, 2010.

  1. brijazz macrumors 6502


    Jul 31, 2008
    I have an external drive connected to my AirPort Extreme Base Station; the drive has 3 partitions, and we have multiple Macs in the house. Is there a way to specify which partitions are available to which Mac? For example, I'd like partition #1 to be available only to Mac #1, and so on.
  2. Serif macrumors regular


    Jul 10, 2008
    I'm not sure there's a simple and secure way of doing this, but one way of maybe providing the functionality you're looking for in a slightly different way is to use disk image encryption; one encrypted disk image per partition with different keys. The users of the partitions would be able to access all three, but will only be able to make use of the ones for which they have the keys.

    Have a look here for an example of what I mean.

    Hopefully someone else will be along shortly with a more sensible answer :)
  3. brijazz thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jul 31, 2008
    That's not a bad idea, but it's not as "clean" as simply having the volumes not appearing on certain machines. I tried using both "setfile" and "chflags" commands, but the settings don't seem to stick on the AirDisk volumes.

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