USB HD for Time Machine using AEBS

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by basset hound, Jan 18, 2008.

  1. basset hound macrumors newbie

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    I just switched back to Mac after too many years with a PC. I bought an iMac 24" 2.8GHz with 4GB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM and 750GB Serial ATA Drive.

    I'm planning on adding an external hard drive for Time Machine to attach to my AirPort Extreme. From reading information posted on the Apple site and my AEBS I understand that it needs to be connected to the USB port on the AirPort Extreme Base Station.

    While I may be opening up a technological "can of worms," I'd like to know what will be the most dependable drive 1TB, USB 2.0 that I can buy. Noise and bright lights are not a consideration here. I just want a drive that I can depend on to work with Time Machine. The "original" data will be stored elsewhere. I've heard of, read about and experienced so many hard drive failures that I'm getting "gun shy" about this subject. Please feel free to let me know what's good and bad. Thanks.
     
  2. Jason S. macrumors 6502a

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    You can't do it. It used to be on Apple's site, but it was later removed.

    Time Capsule, which is an Airport Extreme with build in hard drive, will do this though.
     
  3. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Its not supported by Apple but there are a couple of workarounds. Results are ... mixed.
     
  4. basset hound thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Here is a quote right from Apple's site today:

    I tried to return my AEBS to Apple but I was a few days beyond their 14 day limit on returns (limit is bases on shipping date of the item in question, not when all parts of the shipment are received). Part of my reasoning with the Apple Store CS was the posts like yours saying that this couldn't be done. The Apple Store rep. and the tech. rep. that he claims that he spoke to said it could be done. The only way I could return the AEBS, according to the Apple Store CS rep., and get a new Time Capsule would be if I bought a hard drive and discovered that my AEBS would not work with the hard drive. No, I'm not a happy new customer.:mad: So, I want to buy a good, reliable hard drive and want to know which one to get.
     

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