Time machine and wireless backup via USB and BT HomeHub wi-fi router

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  1. radicaldog macrumors member

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    This has been discussed before, but since there seems to be some disagreement I'm just trying to consolidate some information. The BT HomeHub wi-fi router has a spare USB port. I have a 500Gb USB2 external hd. Using this as a wi-fi drive with Time Machine doesn't seem to work because of differences in formatting (Fat32 etc.). Is there a safe and reliable workaround this issue?

    If not, what is a wi-fi backup alternative to Time Capsule? (I just don't want to pay for a wi-fi router that I don't need.)

    Thanks in advance for your advice.
     
  2. spinnerlys Guest

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    Why don't you format the external HDD with Mac OS Extended (HFS+) then?

    FAT32 is not supported by Time Machine, HFS+ is.
     
  3. radicaldog thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks. Is this possible with a Lacie 500 Gb USB2 drive? How does one do it? And has anyone successfully used it with the BT HomeHub?
     
  4. spinnerlys Guest

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    It is possible with almost any HDD, as the file system is something the user chooses not the HDD.

    Go to http://macs.about.com/od/applications/ss/diskutilformat.htm and see for yourself.
     

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