External Hard drive attached to AirPort Extreme Base Station questions ?

Hi,

A few questions below


1) What is the file system that the External Hard drives mounted via USB to the AirPort Extreme Base Station uses ?

Is it HFS ? I need network attched storage for HFS format to store iphoto libraries across computers without have both turned on . I have NAS support now for NTFS and EXT3 but iphoto does not work on those partition types very well.

2) If I set up the hard drive mounted via USB to the AirPort Extreme Base Station to have multiple partitions will all of those portions be seen by my MAC computers? I.e if I set up a partition for time machine of a macbook, a partition for a time machine of a mac mini, and then a third for data sharing will all be mounted and seen by the macs.

3) Can you rsync a hard drive attached to the AirPort Extreme Base Station to another hard drive attached to the AirPort Extreme Base Station if using a external hub . . I.e create a backup copy of the HFS drive .

  • Asked by Ryan A from West Townsend
  • 09-Dec-2009
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1 Answer from the Community

  • Best Answer:

    1. Yes, it supports NTFS.

    2. Officially, you cannot use a multi-partition HD as an AirDisk. It may work, and each be seen by multiple Macs.

    Using Time Machine with an Airport is NOT OFFICIALLY SUPPORTED by Apple.

    It works well for some, not so well for some, and not at all for others.

    This forum will not let me post a link to the Apple Technical article, but here's how to find it:

    Go to apple.com (slash) support (slash) snowleopard. Select Time Machine, then Other Time Machine articles, then the one titled "Time Machine doesn't back up to AirPort Extreme AirPort Disks."

    If you have a problem with this configuration and call AppleCare, you'll get little help, if any.

    • Answered by James P from Clermont
    • 23-Dec-2009