Network In Home - PC & Mac ~ Airport Express ~ Printer & H.D.

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by tastrike, Aug 21, 2007.

  1. tastrike macrumors newbie

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    I recently turned to a mac from a PC. I am looking to set up a network in my home. I have an Airport Express. I want to hook up a printer and an external hard drive to the airport to have access to them through the network between all computers.


    Everything seems to be working great 'til now.


    I have read it IS possible to hook both a hard drive up as well as a printer. First of all, I'd like to confirm that is true.

    I am also wondering if anybody has any suggestions as far as what hard drive to look for. I am looking for a 500GB External Hard Drive obviously that is compatible for both mac and PC.

    I was also wondering if it is possible to access the hard drive from other connections, such as a coffee shop or different Ethernet line away from my home.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

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    It's not true. An AirPort Extreme can handle the external hard drive but an AirPort Express cannot.
     
  3. jsnipper macrumors newbie

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    If you want to use the hdd for both the mac and the PC, you'll need to use FAT32. I had problems formatting my 250GB drive with a partition larger than 200GB so I ended up with two FAT32 partitions. I have a printer and hdd plugged into my Extreme (gigabit) using a cheap hub. works great on the Mac, the PC has problems with the drive using the mac software, works fine when I browse to the share directly.
     

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