Possible to boot from drive connected to Airport?

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  1. Schmactor, Aug 5, 2014
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    Schmactor macrumors member

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    Is it possible to boot wirelessly from an external drive connected via a powered USB hub to Airport Extreme? The drives show up on my desktop but not in the list of drives under "Startup Disks" in system preferences.

    Also noticing that they do not show up in "Disk Utility" either. Are drives not fully functional when connected wirelessly through a router?
     
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  3. matreya macrumors 65816

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    No, it isn't possible to boot from Network drives connected via Airport, nor can you use Disk Utility on them.

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5924?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US
     
  4. priitv8 macrumors 68020

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    Not to my knowledge. However, it will be possible to boot from disks connected to OS X Server.
    The trick is, AirPort's firmware does not provide the NetBoot protocol.
     
  5. waw74 macrumors 68030

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    plus, unless you want to experience the computing speeds of 1998, it wouldn't be a good ideal.

    the speeds you get over the network would make doing anything slow.
     

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