Can snow leopard back up to a Hard Disk Attached to a AirPort Extreme Base Station using Time Machine?

Basically like a cheaper version of Time capsule

  • Asked by David M from Sydney
  • Jan 14, 2010
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4 Answers from the Community

  • Best Answer:

    It is possible. In Airport Utility app, 1. select the disk option. 2. Under File Sharing, check the box that says enable file sharing. 3. Open up finder and on the left hand side you should see your Airport Extreme under shared. This is your disk, click on it and log in. 4. Open up Time Machine Pref. and select the back up disk. This works as of Airport 7.4.2 and OS 10.6.4

    • Answered by Matthew L from Omaha
    • Jun 16, 2010
  • Apple no longer supports this, so you will be lucky to get any help if you should need it. The wireless sharing of a hard drive is the advertised feature.

    For an example of where Apple specifically excludes this feature, go to the Apple website forward slash wifi and check out the first section: "Recommended uses" for both AirPort Extreme as well as for Time Capsule.

    • Answered by Andrew H from Carmel
    • Mar 26, 2010
  • Actually the above answer is not quite correct... Not sure what software or versions are being used but as of todays date and very resent system updates I connected two USB2 laci HD's to a dual USB hub plugged into my A'Extream and set up time machine with no problem.

    • Answered by Lloyd L
    • Jun 6, 2010
  • The short answer is NO!

    I bought an Airport Extreme intending that it be used for Time Machine. I chose it over Time Capsule because of cost, mainly.

    Bad idea.

    I had Time Machine corrupt its files and had to start the backup from the beginning. That was a few months ago.

    I have also had issues today where I tried to copy files from an Airport Extreme disk and got Error -41.

    I tried to attach the hard drive direct to my MBP USB port and Finder says I don't have permission to access the files in this "folder". Disk Utility was unable to check the permissions, let alone repair them. Disk Utility said there was no problem with the disk. I just can't read it.

    The Apple Support rep and obscure pages in apple.com say that Time Machine is not supported on Airport Extreme. The rep says that while Time Capsule uses an Apple disk, since Airport Extreme doesn't, Apple can not support this combination.

    It's a shame that this restriction is not documented clearly on the Airport Extreme sales pages. It appears to work, but when it fails, and your data is unavailable, the message from Apple Support is "You are on your own, buy a Time Capsule".

    I suspect I will have to reformat my disks that are attached to Airport Extreme, since both have been used by Time Machine.

    • Answered by John K from Westborough
    • Jun 17, 2010