Can I plug in a hard drive and set time machine on my MacBook to backup to it?

So, I'm wondering if I can use this like the Base Station product, but with USB hard drives that I can swap out?

  • Asked by Louis R from Mountain View
  • 19-Mar-2010
QA AirPort Extreme Base Station

QA AirPort Extreme Base Station

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2 Answers from the Community

  • Best Answer:

    I do this and it works fine. I have an older MacBook and a new MacBook Pro, both installed with Snow Leopard and use an external USB drive on my Airport Extreme as a backup through Time Machine. You may have to search the web for configuring Time Machine to be able to use network drives. I previously had several computers backing up to this same USB drive when it was connected to a Mac Mini before I got the Airport Extreme and the switch was seamless.

    • Answered by Carl L from Charleston
    • 30-Sep-2010
  • Time Machine backups via an Airport Extreme are "iffy" and NOT SUPPORTED BY APPLE.

    see: http: SLASH SLASH docs.info.apple DOT com/article.html?path=Mac/10.6/en/15139.html

    • Answered by James P from Clermont
    • 6-Oct-2010