Problems sharing a usb hard drive with Airport Extreme

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by justusthane, Jun 8, 2008.

  1. justusthane macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2008
    Wisconsin, USA
    I recently ordered a MacBook and an Airport extreme. The MacBook has not arrived yet, but I have the Airport Extreme set up.
    So far, I have my DSL modem and my Dell desktop computer both plugged into the Airport, and it's working fine just like that. The indicator light on the Airport is green, and I have Internet on my Dell.
    However, when I try to plug my external USB hard drive into the Airport Extreme, I run into problems. The indicator light blinks amber, and it says "Disk needs repair. There is a problem with the disk connected to your Apple wireless device. Connect the disk to your computer to repair the disk."
    The disk works when I plug it directly into my computer, so I know it's fine. The disk is branded Elements, powered by WD. Model number WD2500C035. NTFS format.

    Any help is greatly appreciated!

    Edit: Well, apparently Airport Extreme does not support NTFS. Very lame.
    Any other suggestions? Is using FAT32 on a 250gb drive reasonable? Am I going to run into problems doing that?
  2. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    No you format it as HFS+. It's not lame that it doesn't support NTFS; OS X does not support writing to NTFS.
  3. justusthane thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2008
    Wisconsin, USA
    If I use the HFS+ format, I have to purchase MacDrive for $50?
    Would I be making a huge mistake by just formatting it as FAT32?
    Thanks for the help :)

    Edit: Nevermind, I just read that FAT32 doesn't support drives over 137gb in volume. So my only option is buying MacDrive?
  4. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    When you get your MacBook, hook the drive up and format it as Mac OS X Journaled (or whatever the top one in the list is) in Disk Utility. Then connect it to the USB port on the AEBS. In AirPort Utility, go to Manual Setup, click the Disks icon at the top, select the File Sharing tab, make sure Enable file sharing is checked, then make sure you have the right Workgroup Name for Windows File Sharing.

    Make sure you have Bonjour for Windows installed on your PC and allow traffic on Port 5353 (someone make sure I don't mean 3535) on your firewall. After that, search for the AEBS in the workgroup you created. It should show up with whatever disks are attached showing up as mounts. Just create shortcuts on your desktop and you should be good to go.

    I FINALLY got this done on an old PC today, so I'm pretty sure it works. It makes me want to slit a Windows XP CD in the throat, but they don't have throats.

    If you wonder why you're able to format using Mac OS, it's because the networking protocols (or something in the network) translates the stuff for you. It's how you can get stuff off the Internet from servers using no telling how many OSes and file formats. If you knew all this already, sorry! :) But it does work.
  5. justusthane thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2008
    Wisconsin, USA
    Thank you SO much, Michael. I'll try it out as soon as I get my MacBook. Do you mind if I PM you if it doesn't work? Thanks, and have a great day :D

  6. fonty macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2008
    Problems sharing a usb hard drive with Airport Extreme

    Dear Michael,
    I tried your approach on this and seem to struggle somewhere :confused:
    Hope you can shed some further light on this :)

    On the AEBS I activated File Sharing, the disks are secured with 'With a disk password' and the workgroup name is WORKGROUP (no WINS info entered).

    My old XP PC is set up with a full computer name and the Workgroup set to WORKGROUP (My Computer > Properties > Computer Name).

    I try to find the AEBS with the disks now on my XP PC, but fail :(
    Looking under My Network Places > Entire Network > Microsoft Windows Network I find the icon 'Workgroup' and nothing else. Double clicking on it does not do much at all either ...

    So, now I feel totally lost and cant pinpoint where I have gone wrong.

    I know you done it and I would be very grateful if you could shed some light, ie. the details on how you did this :)

    Thank you :apple:

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