Does Time Machine work with Airpoirt Extreme + USB drive?

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  1. petestein1 macrumors member

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    Folks-

    Apologies for a question from a relative newbie (ok, technically I'm returning after a decade away) to the wonderful world of mac.

    A question about Time Machine...

    -- I just bought a Macbook Air
    -- I need a data backup solution
    -- I have a few spare USB drives lying around
    -- Someone offered me a free Airport Extreme

    Will an Airport Extreme + a USB drive plugged into it = a rigged up Time Capsule?

    I've looked around and seen conflicting info -- I'm concerned Time Machine won't recognize the drive.

    Am I better off just splurging for a Time Capsule for utterly effortless backup?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    No, at least not yet. Apple may enable it in a firmware update.
     
  3. OllyW Moderator

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    No.

    Apple promised it would work until just before Leopard was released, then dropped it.
     
  4. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Officially, no. The problem is that the AEBS is flaky in regard to the way it handles disks attached to it. If you get a non-gigabit one and you have version 7.1.1 of the firmware, then you could be OK with some of the workarounds. Otherwise, I find the underlying Airdisk technology too unstable.
     
  5. petestein1 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for all the quick replies. I love the interwebs.

    I guess Apple is gonna land another $300 to $500 of my money for a Time Capsule.

    Thanks again!

    -Peter
     
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  8. McGiord, Mar 11, 2008
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    I am a unhappy AEBS (nonGigabit owner), because the AirDisk feature isn't working.
    As I see it this AirPort Utility update maybe is related only with Time Capsule, and it doesn't fix the AirDisk issue so far.
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  9. OllyW Moderator

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    I've just this minute downloaded it off Software Update, so I doubt Apple have pulled it. :confused:
     
  10. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Its no longer on their download page http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/

    and the links from the MR page 2 story no longer work. May take some time for the Software Update servers to remove it.
     

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