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HT2426 Can't see my hard drive on my AirPort Extreme

2568 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Dec 12, 2012 12:03 PM by Bob Timmons RSS
kwaara Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jul 4, 2012 9:35 PM

I'm trying to set up a external HD as a share drive for the first time by connecting it to my Airport Extreme.  I can't see my hard disk where it is supppose to show up in Finder under Shared. There's nothing.  No Shared, no external HD. Anybody know why?  The HD is good, it works when I connect it directly to my imac.  Thanks

iMac, iOS 5.1.1, AirPort Extreme
  • Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (47,545 points)
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    Jul 4, 2012 10:13 PM (in response to kwaara)

    When connected to the AirPort's USB port, does the hard drive show up and recognized properly in the AirPort Utility?

  • Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (47,545 points)
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    Jul 4, 2012 10:26 PM (in response to kwaara)

    If the drive is not being recognized by the AirPort Utility, it can't be shared out and why you are not seeing it in the Finder. The USB port on the AirPort can support USB bus-driven drives, but may require a powered USB hub be used if the drive draws more power than the port can supply.

  • Benjimang Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Sorry to dig up an old thread, but I'm having the same problems actually. Everything else on my network seems to run fine (2x iPhone 4s', Apple TV and a Macbook Air). The hard drive is a powered drive and I have even tried a powered hub in there too with no luck. It just doesn't show up in Finder or as a partition in the Airport Utility. Is this a sharing issue of some sort? Do I have to set the drive up in any way while connected to my Mac?

     

    BTW, the drive has been formatted in HFS+ Journalled, encrypted, case sensitive. I have turned Time Machine off and deleted the backup folder on that external Hard Drive. I don't want to use it for backing up, just for media sharing.

     

    Cheers,

    Ben

  • Krjstoff Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 12, 2012 11:37 AM (in response to kwaara)

    I'm currently having the same problem.

     

    For a very long time, I've been using my Extreme with a 2TB external WD drive with seperate power supply.

     

    Today I installed two old 2.5" drives ind a RAID1 enclosure, which I want to use for even more redundant back ups (NOT for speed).

     

    But somehow my Extreme fail to see the attached drive.

     

    I've tried ways of powering up and connecting in different stages, but nothing works.

    When I unplug the enclosure from the Extreme and connect it directly to my Macbook, there seems to be nothing wrong. Drive shows up and everything seems to be working.

     

    Anybody got a clue?

  • Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (75,460 points)
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    Dec 12, 2012 12:03 PM (in response to Krjstoff)

    See my answer to your question on the other post.

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