AirPort Extreme + ExFat Formatted Drive?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Dominirey, Sep 11, 2011.

  1. Dominirey macrumors newbie

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    I formatted my External as ExFat because I will be using it across windows and mac and because it doesn't have a low max file size limit. Will I be able to connect it through my airport extreme to be a shared disk?
     
  2. Brian33 macrumors 6502a

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    I believe that that the external USB drive must be formatted either Mac OS Extended (Journaled), or FAT (not exFAT) to work with the Airport Extreme (or Time Capsule). I saw this on an Apple support page but I can't seem to find it right now.

    Note that even if you format the drive as Mac OS Extended (Journaled), once it's plugged into your Airport Extreme even Windows machines on your network will be able to read/write to it. It's because the SMB network protocol is being used so the Windows machines never actually see the format of the drive. So, the only reason I can think of to format FAT or exFAT is if you are sometimes going to unplug it from the Airport and plug it into a Windows machine directly.

    Regards,
    Brian33
     
  3. Brian33 macrumors 6502a

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    Found the page I remembered, it's http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2426, and it says, in part:

     
  4. Dominirey thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you so much guys, I was hoping that I would be able to use ExFat because at home, I'd leave it plugged in to my AirPort so I could access on all my computers, but I also have to take it to other places, I guess I just won't be able to use it as a shared disk :(
     

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