Password protect TimeMachine wireless backup disk?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Ecualung, Sep 13, 2009.

  1. Ecualung macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2009
    Hi all,

    I am using an external hard drive that is connected via USB 2.0 to my Airport Extreme to back up using Time Machine. In order to get Time Machine to recognize the hard drive in question, however, I had to mount it as a drive on the network. Can I put a password on the hard drive that is separate from my network's password?

    What I want is a situation in which people can get onto my network using a password but CANNOT access the Time Machine backup hard drive.

  2. skorpien macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    In the Disks tab of your AirPort Utility, make sure that File Sharing is set to "With device password" (not sure of the exact wording). There should be a field to provide a password for your hard drive separate from the network password.

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