Can I hook up my external hard drive to the airport extreme and still have it as my time machine back up for my imac

QA AirPort Extreme Base Station

QA AirPort Extreme Base Station

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  • Best Answer:

    YES... Search apples support forums.. Works great!!

  • No. Although it was possible when first released, Apple has disabled this feature so as to not hurt their Time Capsule sales.


    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 (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.

  • Unreliable at best and unsupported by Apple.

  • No For that you will need time capsule for that. time capsule starts at $299