AirPort Extreme Hard Drive connection

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  1. RyFP21 macrumors newbie

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    I just picked up 6th gen Airport Extreme and I want to hook up a couple of hard drives to it. I'm reading that this can be done by attaching the hard drives to a USB hub, then plugging in the hub into the AE.

    I've also been told on a separate occasion that I would need to daisy chain the hard drives.

    Which is the correct and most efficient way of going about this?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Alrescha, Aug 2, 2014
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    Alrescha macrumors 68020

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    You do not daisy chain USB hard drives. If you would like to attach multiple USB devices to your Airport Extreme, use a (preferably powered) hub. See: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT5924


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  3. RyFP21, Aug 2, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2014

    RyFP21 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the link and information!

    One of the two hard drives I want to connect has it's own power supply, while the other hard drive does not. Will a powered USB hub that plugs into an electrical outlet take care of the HD that doesn't have it's own power supply?
     
  4. cube macrumors G5

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    Not if it's a 3.5" drive.

    You may need to plug to 2 ports for a 2.5" drive, with a Y USB cable, if it's too hungry.
     
  5. Altemose macrumors G3

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    A powered USB hub should power a portable USB hard drive. Remember to use the separate power supply with the other drive.
     
  6. RyFP21 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks!

    Thanks! I'll keep that in mind.
     

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