9 Replies Latest reply: Mar 5, 2012 12:25 PM by Bob Timmons
pinkears Level 1 (0 points)

I want to use a usb passport as my backup device ... any recommendations on configuration considerations.


Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Tesserax Level 9 (50,509 points)

    FWIW ... I currently have two My Passports connected to 4th gen Time Capsule. I use one for TC archieving and the other as a NAS device. Both are formatted for HFS+ and work perfectly.

  • pinkears Level 1 (0 points)

    For the purpose of adding the WD Passport, are Time Capsules and Airport Extremes comparable??

  • Tesserax Level 9 (50,509 points)

    Yes, sorry, I should have added that point ... except when it comes to using external USB HDDs for Time Machine. Apple does NOT support them for the Extreme, but DOES for the Time Capsule.

  • pinkears Level 1 (0 points)

    Sorry to be confused....

    Please advise:

    I can connect the WD passport to the Extreme - YES

    I can set up Time Machine to use it for back up purposes - Yes, but Not Supported by Apple

    Thanks

  • Tesserax Level 9 (50,509 points)

    I can connect the WD passport to the Extreme - YES

    Yes.

     

    I can set up Time Machine to use it for back up purposes - Yes, but Not Supported by Apple

    Yes, and yes. ref: Time Machine doesn't back up to AirPort Disks

  • Barren Level 1 (0 points)

    How do I access the WD passport from my Windows 7 computer?

     

    I've formated the passport as exFAT, the airport extreme sees it, but I don't know how to access it.  There doesn't seem to be a way to adjust the name of the share.  It has spaces in it... "WD My Passport 1234 5678".  I've renamed the airport extreme to no longer have any spaces or symbols in the name... I can't ping the name of the airport... I can ping it's IP, browsing to it's IP does not find any shares.

  • Bob Timmons Level 10 (98,184 points)

    I'm sure that Tesserax will also confirm that the AirPort Extreme cannot read exFAT or NTFS formats. It can read FAT32 or Mac OS Extended (Journaled).

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2426

     

    To add a bit more about Time Machine backups to a drive at the USB port of the AirPort Extreme.....

     

    Some users seem to be able to make this work somewhat. Some users have some success and some have no success.

     

    Having tried this myself as an experiment a number of times over the past few years whenever a new firmware update becomes available or merely out of curiosity.....I remain solidly in the "no success" category. But, your results may vary if you want to try this.

  • Barren Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the quick reply, any idea if this will work if I format it as mac os extended (journaled)?  Will my Win7 boxes be able to read and write to it?  The drive is too big to format as fat32.  I've tried on a virtual xp box and it would only let me format as ntfs.  Win7 lets me do ntfs or exFat.

  • Bob Timmons Level 10 (98,184 points)

    if I format it as mac os extended (journaled)?  Will my Win7 boxes be able to read and write to it?

    Yes, that would be the recommended format as long as the drive is attached to the AirPort Extreme. Both PCs and Macs will be able to read and write to the drive.