AirPort Extreme, external drive = Time Machine?

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

  1. Che Castro macrumors 603

    May 21, 2009
    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. supernet33 macrumors 6502

    Jan 29, 2008

    It works great, I been doing it for years without an issue.
  3. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    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.
  4. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    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. glenthompson macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2011
    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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