AirPort Extreme External HD for NAS and Backups

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  1. cybertek macrumors regular

    cybertek

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    I have last years model of the AirPort Extreme and would like to connect an external USB hard drive to it for Macbook backups and to use as a file server for PC and Mac.

    Any tips on setting this up?
    What format do I format the drive in NTFS, Fat32 etc...
    Drive partitions?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

    Weaselboy

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    Format it to Mac OS Extended in Disk Utility (although Fat32 will work also). Since it is a networked drive either Mac or Windows will be able to read/write to the drive. You can partition however you like for organizational purposes, but you don't have to.

    Give this a look.

    OS X Time Machine is not supported to a USB drive attached to that model Airport Extreme. It is supported on the newer, tower shaped model though.
     
  3. lexvo macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for sharing this. Time Machine backup was never supported on the older Extreme models and I saw that it is even mentioned in the manual of the latest model. That's good news.
     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Yes it is. I never understood why they did not support it on the old model. It seemed like something that would have been easy to implement in a firmware upgrade. Maybe they just wanted to sell more Time Capsules. :)
     
  5. priitv8 macrumors 68020

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    Unless there were some resources (CPU power, RAM, Flash ROM) missing.
     

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