Will Bonjour allow Vista to access a USB HD connected to a Timecapsule

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  1. Capt Crunch macrumors 6502

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    So I have a time capsule now and it works fantastic on both my mac and my Vista machine as a NAS. However I'm worried about running out of space and would like to add a USB drive to the Timecapsule. Will bonjour allow Vista to see and access the mac-formatted USB drive in the same way that it can see the Timecapsule drive?

    If not, what needs to be done?
     
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  3. Mindflux macrumors 68000

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    You just need to load the Airport Disk utility on the Vista machine. It's not related to Bonjour.
     
  4. Capt Crunch thread starter macrumors 6502

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    What format does the external HD have to be in?
     
  5. Mindflux macrumors 68000

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    Any format, since it's a network drive SMB/AFP can handle any format.
     
  6. Bhowell macrumors newbie

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    The format is only relevant if you want to maintain the USB Drives functionality with direct computer connections.

    Formats for Compatibility:
    Mac: HFS or HFS+
    Mac and PC: FAT32
    Time Capsule: HFS, HFS+, or FAT32

    One issue to note is that FAT32 has limitations on its drive size which have to be bypassed with either formatting from a Mac or special utilities designed for Windows.

    All this is from the experience I had attaching a 500GB USB drive to my AEBS and wanting to retain compatibility with Windows for a direct connection.
     

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