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Airport Extreme + 1 TB Home Media Network Hard Drive

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Hello everyone, looking to get some information from the mass intelegence here. I am kind of a home network n00b so be gentile

I have an Airport Extreme that I have been using as a wireless router for the last 2 years or so. I recently decided that I want to store all of my media (photos, video and itunes library) on a separate (external) disk. I went and bought a 1 TB Home Media Network Hard Drive to use with the Airport Extreme. Now I am at a complete loss as to what to do, I can't seem to access the drive via wireless and can only see the drive when plugged in via the ethernet port on my macbook. Where did I go wrong? Will I be able to go through with this set up? Can I rip CDs directly to the iomega when I have this set up?

I know... so many questions. Thanks everyone!
MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • smallard Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Plug the drive into the USB port on the Extreme (and make sure it's formatted FAT32 or HFS+, not NTFS)

    HTH.
    SM
    iMac, MacBook, iPhone, AppleTV, various iPods, SlingBox Pro, Roku Netflix..., Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • VA2020 Level 4 Level 4 (3,450 points)
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    Mar 23, 2009 11:20 PM (in response to smallard)
    smallard wrote:
    Plug the drive into the USB port on the Extreme (and make sure it's formatted FAT32 or HFS+, not NTFS)

    HTH.
    SM


    ^+1

    Many drives come formatted NTFS out-of-the-box.

    Also, confirm which Extreme model you have.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AirPort
    iMac 24" 3GB |, Mac OS X (10.5.5), | 0.5TB TC | AEBS | iPod Touch G2 16GB
  • rastriffler Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    If there is nothing on the drive, it really doesn't matter how it's currently formatted; reformatting is easy.

    Connect the drive to your mac and open the Disk Utility (just search for it using spotlight).

    From Disk Utility, chose drive from the listing on the left, click on 'Erase' and chose the format. I think the general consensus is to use HFS+ Journaled, unless you have reason not to.

    Once it's completed, unmount the drive and connect to your AEBS. You should be good to go.
    MacBook Core Duo / iMac 24 / AEBS-n / AppleTV, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • VA2020 Level 4 Level 4 (3,450 points)
    HFS+. Especially if you plan on using Time Machine as a backup app.

    The only reason you'd need FAT/FAT32 is if you plan on plugging the drive directly into a PC machine.
    iMac 24" 3GB |, Mac OS X (10.5.5), | 0.5TB TC | AEBS | iPod Touch G2 16GB
  • Paul McG. Calculating status...
    Well? What happened?

    I too am a NAS n00b - I'm particularly interested to know if Time Machine works. I can't find anything on the Iomega site about Time Machine for this particular device. The DAS devices shout their compatibility with Time Machine from the roof tops, so I thought the failure to mention such compatibility for the NAS might be telling.

    If this works, Iomega has made a sale. This definitely seems to be the least expensive NAS, print server, media server, Time Machine solution out there.

    --Paul
    iMac 2 ghz and MacBook Unibody, Mac OS X (10.5.6), hp C4580, sporadically connected wirelessly
  • Colin Manning Calculating status...
    I have the same drive and a similar issue. I believe this drive is essentially an Ethernet-only drive. I naively thought all I had to do was plug it in with an ethernet cable and it would work. There must be some way to get it to work. Otherwise all those ethernet sockets on the back of the Airport Extreme are just for decoration. (Who was want to buy a wireless router to connect 4 computers to it?)

    There is a USB socket on this drive. But I don't think it can be used in the same way a USB drive can.

    I connected up a USB drive and it worked straight away. But I really need to get the Network HD working. I can't get my money back because I bought it in a bricks and mortar store.
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.6)

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