Can I create my own wireless Time Machine ?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by gkp, Jul 30, 2009.

  1. gkp macrumors member

    Feb 4, 2009
    I have an airport extreme and express that I am not using, can I somehow hook up my hard drive to it to make wireless backups?
  2. geoffreak macrumors 68020


    Feb 8, 2008
    The AEBS can allow Macs to backup to connected USB hard drives with Time Machine. The Express cannot.

    You will have to verify which model of AEBS you have because I don't know how far back the USB drive connection feature has existed.
  3. gkp thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 4, 2009
    Model Number

    A1034 - 54 Mbps
    it does have a usb port, but not sure if it is fast enough for doing backups?
    thanks for your reply!
  4. Testify macrumors member

    Aug 25, 2008
    I have this set up. With an AEBS with an external HD connected via USB and it is fast to back up stuff. Of course the 1st backup with is rather long because it backs up alot of data, but the others are fast. In fact, I dont even realise that my iMac is doing the TM back ups.

    Also, I dont notice any slowing in the speed of my internet connection. I dont see why you shouldn't do it :p
  5. geoffreak macrumors 68020


    Feb 8, 2008
    Time Machine is what is slow. The USB port is more than fast enough.
  6. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    I don't think that model supports hard drives, only printers. You might want to do more checking.

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