Share a USB Hard Disk Using Your AirPort Extreme

Posted April 29, 2008 at 1:11am by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 115726 views

These are instructions on how to connect and share a USB Hard Disk using your AirPort Extreme Base Station.

Step One
Connect the hard disk into the USB port on the back of the AirPort Extreme Base Station.

Step Two
Launch AirPort Utility from the Applications:Utilities folder.

Step Three
Select your Base Station from the list on the left then click the Manual Setup button.

Step Four
Click Disks in the toolbar.

Step Five
Click to select the File Sharing tab.

Step Six
Make sure Enable file sharing is selected.

Choose With a disk password, or With base station password if you want to secure the shared disk with a password, or choose With accounts if you want to secure the disk using accounts.

Choose Not allowed, Read only, or Read and write to assign guest access to the disk.

Select the Share disks over Ethernet WAN port checkbox if you want to provide remote access to the disk over the WAN port. If you do share disks over the Ethernet WAN port you can also select to Advertise disks globally using Bonjour.

Finally set the Workgroup and WINS Server for Windows File Sharing if you choose to do so.

Click the Update button to complete your changes.

Step Seven
AirPort will need to reboot the Base Station to continue. Click the Continue button.

Step Eight
Your USB Hard Drive will now be mounted as a Share Point in OS X!

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Todd - November 5, 2012 at 6:31pm
My Airport is pleasantly sharing my usb drive. How can I get my mac to spotlight index this drive. I have found terminal commands to index but can't get the name right. Any Help?
Taslim - September 5, 2012 at 5:56pm
Can a hard disk shared with airport extreme accessed from apple tv on same network...?!
Tchinam - September 2, 2012 at 3:45pm
Si je pouvais utiliser cette station comme appel téléphonique ce serait bien.
Sebastian - February 9, 2011 at 4:47am
I can only get mine to work with fat32 formated hd. Not with the mac os format is it just me or does the exteeme only do fat32?
David - August 30, 2009 at 2:40am
Step Four: Click on Disks on the toolbar. Disks does not show up on my Airport Extreme utility.
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