11 Replies Latest reply: Aug 18, 2012 11:30 AM by Tesserax
brad264 Level 1 Level 1

I am trying to use my hard drive as a cloud storage and I cannot see it in my finder when it is connected to my airport extreme. Does anyone know how to do this?


Airport Extreme, OS X Mountain Lion
  • Tesserax Level 9 Level 9
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    There are a number of GoFlex models. Do you have the GoFlex Pro for Mac or some other model? Regardless, if you connect this HDD directly to your Mac, does it show up in the Finder?

  • brad264 Level 1 Level 1

    I think the model number is PN:9ZF2A5-500 1T

    It is formatted as: Windows NT Filesystem

     

    Yes it shows up in the finder when connected directly to my Mac.

  • Tesserax Level 9 Level 9
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    Ah, that's the issue. The Extreme's USB port will only be able to share out the HDD if it is formatted in either HFS+ or FAT32. Volumes, formatted, in either NTFS or ExFAT will not be recognizable by the Extreme.

  • brad264 Level 1 Level 1

    Can I reformat the HD? If so, how do I do that?

  • Tesserax Level 9 Level 9
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    Yes, you should be able to reformat the drive. First connect it directly to your Mac, and then, you will be using the Disk Utility to format it.

     

    Since a picture is worth a thousand (or is that ten thousand) words, please take a look at the following iClarified article to guide you in formatting your drive. It shows formatting with Mac OS Extended (Journaled), and that is exactly what you want for yours.

  • indiadawwg Level 1 Level 1

    I'm having a very similar problem with a Seagate external drive and Airport Extreme. I was able to set up the base station and view the disk after reformatting, and connected once from both the machines on the network. But then suddenly I am not able to see the disk on either machine, and when I try to connect to the server (base station) it gives me an error message saying the server doesn't exist.

     

    To complicate that, the system is still working to provide all the machines on the network an internet connection.

     

    I tried resetting and powering off and on the base station, with no effect.

     

    Any suggestions?

     

    cheers

  • Tesserax Level 9 Level 9
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    I would suggest first verifying that the HDD can be read when connected directly to a computer. Even if it can, use Disk Utility to run both "Repair Disk Permissions" & "Repair Disk" on it to make sure that it is not corrupted in any way. If you prefer to use another utility for this, please feel free to. Please post back your results.

  • brad264 Level 1 Level 1

    I reformatted the HD and can now access it over my LAN from my MBP.

     

    Now is there a way to use this HD as cloud storage to access from any internet connection?

  • indiadawwg Level 1 Level 1

    Hi Tesserax,

    Thanks for the reply.

    As you suggested, I tried connecting my drive directly to the Macbook port. At first it was not recognized, so I powered off the drive and reconnected and the Mac connected properly.  I repeated that procedure to try to connect it to the Base Station, but that didn't work.

     

    I then ran Verify Disk and Repair Disk and received the message that nothing appears to be wrong.  However, the option for Repair Disk Permissions is grayed out, so I couldn't try that.

     

    If it gives you any more clues, I tried plugging a small (unpowered) 1 GB thumb drive into the same Base Station port I'm trying to use for the Seagate, and the machine recognized it immediately and started showing the server connection.

     

    cheers,

    Indiadawwg

  • indiadawwg Level 1 Level 1

    Latest update:

    After plugging it into the Mac directly and replugging it into the Base Station, it's working (as it did before).  No idea why it stopped, or if it will stop again, so any wisdom you might have would still be appreciated.  Otherwise, I'll come back here when it conks out again.

    cheers,

    Indiadawwg

  • Tesserax Level 9 Level 9
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    Yes, please see this AirPort User Tip to get you started.