I have windows vista machines and a WD NFTS formatted USB Western Digital TB Drive. Am I doomed to failure? Should I buy the AEBS?

Read a lot of doom and gloom about NFTS vs FAT Back up drives.

I don't any any Macs yet, only iPhones so far.

I have 3 Vista PCs, and My Book WD drive that is NFTS Formatted. Is there anybody else out there that has gotten a similar configuration to work?

  • Asked by Anthony V from Windsor
  • Mar 27, 2010
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2 Answers from the Community

  • Answer

    NTFS is not supported by the AirPort Extreme base station (AEBS). You will need to reformat it to HFS+.

    • Answered by Andrew H from Carmel
    • Mar 28, 2010
  • NTFS is not compatible with the Airport Extreme. You'll have to reformat your external hard drive to FAT32 so that the hard drive can be read from and written to by PCs and, to be usable by the Airport Extreme. The Airport Extreme only works with NTFS which is only compatible with PCs, HFS+ which is only compatible with Macs, FAT16 and FAT32. FAT16 and FAT32 are the only formats that will work with the Airport Extreme, Macs, Apple TV and PCs. If you need the Western Digital TB hard drive to be connected to your computer at all times, then you'll need to buy another external hard drive, then reformat the new external hard drive to FAT32 ( you'll probably need a Mac to do this), then on your PC, load all of your iTunes content( Movies, TV shows, etc) onto the new external hard drive. Then connect the hard drive to the Airport Extreme and it should be good to go.

    • Answered by Joshua B from Waterford
    • Jan 24, 2011