Wireless External Harddrive possible in combination with Airport Express?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by DaanZijlstra, Sep 25, 2008.

  1. DaanZijlstra macrumors newbie

    May 15, 2007
    Dear all,

    I have a MacBook, browsing the internet wirelessly thanks to my Airport Express (older version). However, every time I want to download to my external Hard Drive I need to hook it up to my MacBook. Unfortunately I cannot hook it up to my Airport Express as it does not support disk use.

    Therefore I am looking to buy a new, bigger external Hard Drive that I can access wirelessly, without hooking it up to my MacBook. I have looked at external Network Harddrives, but they all seem to need to be connected to the router (in my case the Airport Express). And this is not possible since the Airport Express has only one slot for a network cable, and that slot is already taken by my internet cable.

    Is there any way for me to wirelessly access an external (regular or network) hard drive? All help is appreciated! :apple:
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
  3. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    Or any router with a networked HD will work.
  4. Popple73 macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2008
    Airport Extreme

    I do have an Airport Extreme, and the Internet works fine.
    I plugged an ext HD to it. It's a WD 500gig.
    I set up Time Machine. It worked perfectly well. :)
    after a couple of months, Time Machine stopped detecting the HD.
    And my iPhone stopped detecting the network. :(

    I can still have internet on my MB, and mount the extHD (and see it on my desktop and in Terminal) but Time Machine won't detect it, and it won't show up in disk utility!

    I'm completely lost! :confused:

    Internet on my MacBook, YES
    Internet on my iPhone, NO
    Hard drive on my desktop, YES
    Hard drive in disk utility, NO
    Save files on the HD from finder, YES
    Save files on the HD from time machine, NO


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