How can I back up onto a windows network hard drive.

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  1. rossmadden macrumors member

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    Hi all,
    At home I have a Cisco Wireless router with a 120GB hard drive attached via usb. My family all have Windows based computers and they can see and use the drive.
    I can't seem to find it on my Mac. I want to use it to back up my mac using Time Machine but it can't discover it.
    I have Snow Leopard running on my MBP.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    How is the drive formatted?


    FAT32 (File Allocation Table)
    • Read/Write FAT32 from both native Windows and native Mac OS X.
    • Maximum file size: 4GB.
    • Maximum volume size: 2TB
    NTFS (Windows NT File System)
    • Read/Write NTFS from native Windows.
    • Read only NTFS from native Mac OS X
      [*]To Read/Write/Format NTFS from Mac OS X: Install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (free)
    • Some have reported problems using Tuxera (approx 33USD).
    • Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard, but is not advisable, due to instability.
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support NTFS
    • Maximum file size: 16 TB
    • Maximum volume size: 256TB
    HFS+ (Hierarchical File System, a.k.a. Mac OS Extended)
    • Read/Write HFS+ from native Mac OS X
      [*]Required for Time Machine or Carbon Copy Cloner backups of Mac internal hard drive.
    • To Read/Write HFS+ from Windows, Install MacDrive
    • To Read HFS+ (but not Write) from Windows, Install HFSExplorer
    • Maximum file size: 8EiB
    • Maximum volume size: 8EiB
    exFAT (FAT64)
    • Supported in Mac OS X only in 10.6.5 or later.
    • exFAT partitions created with OS X 10.6.5 are inaccessible from Windows 7
    • Not all Windows versions support exFAT. See disadvantages.
    • exFAT (Extended File Allocation Table)
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support exFAT
    • Maximum file size: 16 EiB
    • Maximum volume size: 64 ZiB
     
  3. OllyW Moderator

    OllyW

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    I didn't think it mattered with network drives?

    Does the router support Mac drive use?
     
  4. rossmadden thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm not certain. I connect to it for internet usage, but I doubt that has anything to do with it.

    I'm a new mac user. So i don;t really understand. I tried to do it when I first set everything up, and it said that my network would appear on the left bar in finder, where documents and applications and such are. But it never appeared when I went through the instructions from apple's website.

    I beginning to suspect it's not compatible. I can't find it on the manufacturers website and on the website that it was bought from, it doesn't mention much.
    Here's the link.

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/191547

    Thanks.
     
  5. OllyW Moderator

    OllyW

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    Instructions to connect to network drive with Mac...

    http://homecommunity.cisco.com/t5/Cable-and-DSL/WAG320N-USB/td-p/329673

    It's not that difficult with the Apple Airport Extreme! :D
     

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