2 Replies Latest reply: Jul 29, 2011 7:22 AM by bobsbarricades
bobsbarricades Level 1 (0 points)

I was posting earlier and was told you CAN'T plug an external HDD into a Time Capsule and have it be recognized (some said you had to plug it into a USB hug first.) 


Then I find this  - http://www.brighthub.com/computing/mac-platform/articles/48709.aspx


Then before posting this I find others that say you CAN.  So what's the deal?  Can I or can I not plug in a USB  external HDD and have access to it?

MacBook Pro 2.2 C2D, 4GB RAM, 250 GB HDD, Mac OS X (10.6.8), iBook G4 1.3 Ghz 120GB 7200 RPM HDD 1.5GB Ram, Gen1 iPad
  • Bob Timmons Level 10 (98,079 points)

    The link that you posted is a bit out of date, but the information in the article is correct.


    You can connect an external USB drive to a Time Capsule (or AirPort Extreme) if the following conditions are met:


    The drive is formatted in Mac OS Extended (Journaled). Most store bought drives are pre-formatted for Windows in a format called NTFS which will not work the Time Capsule. You have to use Disk Utility on your Mac to re-format the drive to work correctly with the Time Capsule.


    Use a powered USB hub as the USB port on the Time Capsule is a bit under powered and it will not supply enough current for some drives. As a general rule....use a powered USB hub....even if the hard drive has its own power supply.


    At times, I have had 3 drives from differerent manufactures all hooked up simultaneously into a powered USB hub which in turns connects to the USB port on the Time Capsule. No problems at all.


    There are never any guarantees, but if you follow the guidelines, chances are good that your drive will work just fine.

  • bobsbarricades Level 1 (0 points)

    sounds like awesome to me.  Just gotta get a time capsule!