AirPort Express


macrumors newbie
Original poster
May 29, 2013

I am not the sharpest tool in the shed, so bear with me. I am trying to set up a home network and am really struggling. My goal is to be able to use an external hard drive to access pictures, movies and music via iTunes.

I have a brand new Macbook Air - literally 2 weeks old. I have a Verizon Wireless cable modem and have hooked up an Airport Express to this via ethernet. I then hooked up a Seagate 4TB hard drive to the Airport Express via USB cable.

I have downloaded the driver for the hard drive to my laptop and have run Airport Utility. I can locate the Airport Express, however I cannot 'see' the hard drive.

I have followed the posted instructions several times, but I still can't make this work.

Any help making this work would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance!


macrumors P6
Jan 24, 2010
The Airport Express does not have the ability to use hard drives, only printers via its USB port. Only the Time Capsule and Airport Extreme can access and share hard drives.


macrumors 6502a
Oct 25, 2008
When you plug the external USB hard drive into your MacBook, does it mount to the desktop?

Once you know that the drive will mount in OSX and is formatted the way you want it, plug it into your Airport Extreme.

In Airport Utility, you need to set up the Extreme to share your hard disk on the network. Once you've set up the Extreme to share your drive on the network, it should be visible in the Finder Window Sidebar.


macrumors newbie
Original poster
May 29, 2013
Here's a screenshot of Airport Utility (both the new graphical version and the older, more capable version).
So... I loaded the drivers for the hard drive (my computer identified it) and then connected it to the APE. I then went into Airport Utility and it will not find the hard drive.

I'm not sure what the problem is. Is it possible the 4TB HD is too large for the APE? Or that the Seagate is incompatible?


macrumors member
Apr 8, 2012
Connect the drive to a mac computer & open disk utility . Format the new drive OS X Extended (Journaled).

The extreme will not recognise the drive until its os x formatted using a mac .

Unplug the power cord for the extreme router , plug in the hard drive & reapply power to the router .