airport express with external hard drive?

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  1. Cinch macrumors 6502

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    Can I plug an external hard drive or thumb drive into the airport express USB port and have my MacBook recognize and use it?

    Thanks

    Cinch
     
  2. rick3000 macrumors 6502a

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    Right know you can only use the Express with a USB printer. It will not recognize a hard drive. Their could be a fireware update in the future to make it possible but I wouldn't count on it. The Airport Extreme supports a USB hub and you can connect a printer and HD.
     
  3. Cinch thread starter macrumors 6502

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    simple setup

    @ rick3000

    I was hoping to plug in a 32GB thumb drive and use that as my back up for music/movies and photos or a 250 GB Toshiba USB 2.0 to do the same in the future.

    Apple intentionally crippling airport express?

    Cinch
     
  4. dylanbrown macrumors 6502

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    I feel that Apple brands it's AirPort Express as a device that cvan extend your wireless network of another AirPort device, serve your tunes to your stereo and act as a sort-of homeplug.

    AirDisk is a feature in the AEBS and Time Capsule, which allows you to connect a USB mass storage device, like a thumb drive or hard drive and share it over your network. It also allows you to us that USB mass storage device as a Time Machine back-up destination.

    Hope this helps...
     
  5. skorpien macrumors 68020

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    It won't be fixed with a firmware update. As far as I know, the USB controller in the express isn't capable of sharing a USB HDD or thumb drive. Apple isn't intentionally crippling anything, it's just a feature of the Express. If you need that extra functionality, then consider upgrading to an Extreme or a Time Capsule.

    Edit: If it was capable, I'm sure there would have been a hack released to enable the functionality, as was the case with the Extreme's Time Machine capabilities before Apple enabled it themselves.
     
  6. juanir36 macrumors newbie

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    Hope there was a hack... Something like dd-wrt will be sweet!
     

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