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help with setting external hard drives as primary over a wifi network

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benfrompershore Calculating status...
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Apr 12, 2012 1:10 PM

I have a macbook air, I'm trying to use my airport extreme with a 1 tb hard drive plugged in over my network to store my iTunes etc i change the preferences but it always seems to forget it when the laptop is turned please

MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.7.3), using 3rd gen airport extreme
  • AbsoluteComputers Level 2 Level 2 (200 points)

    HI Ben, that's because unless you mount the Extreme drive first before you launch iTunes it won't know where your files are.

    Easiest way is to drag the mounted drive into your Login Items under Users & Groups, this way it will always mount the drive with your music before you start iTunes.


    Disadvantages is if your away from your network, it will attempt and fail to mount the drive, so a slight delay whilst it tries. If that's a problem, then just drag the mounted drive with your music into the dock instead. The all you need to do when you're home, is click on the Dock where it will connect and mount, now you can launch iTunes.

  • adam_m Calculating status...

    Sorry to threadjack but this solution doesn't work for me.


    I dragged the mounted drive icon into Users & Groups and logged out.  When I logged back in there is no mounted drive on the desktop so I went back into U&G and there's a yellow exclamation mark next to the entry saying 'This item couldn't be found'


    Any ideas?



  • AbsoluteComputers Level 2 Level 2 (200 points)


    Check the drive can be mounted without a username and password,or that if it has, you've saved them in Keychain, if not it won't mount automatically.


    The way to check it first, is to make an alias of the folder (hold down Command & Alt as you drag the icon to your Desktop) when the shared drive is mounted, log of and back on again, then double click the alias. The folder should show up without prompting for a username and Password, if it does, the credentials haven't been saved to Keychain.



  • adam_m Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Mike,


    I did as you suggested and created an Alias for a folder within the drive connected to the AEBS.  When I Eject the shared drive and open the alias it mounts fine.  So I dragged the alias into U&G prefefrences and logged out/in.  On login I get a permissions error but again once I click the alias myself it opens fine.


    I opened up permissions on the Alias and on the folder I'm trying to open - still the same.  Surely the logon items run as me on startup and therefore should work as if I opened them myself?


    I found a tool called 'AutoMountMaker' and created a script with it that includes my username/password and that works - but surely I shouldn't have to resort to 3rd party tools for such a simple thing - cannot be that unusual to want to store one's iTunes library on a shared drive hooked into the AEBS?




  • AbsoluteComputers Level 2 Level 2 (200 points)

    Sorry, can't offer much more advice except to say that if are using an SMB share as against a Time Capsule or other AFP share there may be issues with automatic login to the share.


    Could you try just give Guest access to the share and then see if it works, that way you'd know if it's a permissions problem


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