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Re: WRT3200ACM and USB Storage


klaz wrote:

 

/dev/disk2 (external, physical):

#: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER

 

0: GUID_partition_scheme *1.0 TB disk2
1: EFI EFI 209.7 MB disk2s1
2: Apple_HFS My Passport Backup 999.8 GB disk2s2
3: Apple_Boot Boot OS X 134.2 MB disk2s3


Looks like you will have to repartition and format the drive in order to have a chance for this to work. Once the Mac can see the External Storage attached to the router you can redirect your TimeMachine backups to that. I'm fairly sure the GPT partitions and the EFI partition are not compatible.


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Re: WRT3200ACM and USB Storage

Thanks..  So do you mean that the GUIDpartition scheme and the AFI on the WD are in conflict with eachother?

Why would that prevent it from being seen when attached to the router?

 

I'm going to erase and reformat the drive using the Mac disk utility.   The format will MacOS Extended (Journaled)

 

What should the scheme be?  The options are:

GUID

MBR

Apple Partition Map

 

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Re: WRT3200ACM and USB Storage

MBR and HFS+

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Re: WRT3200ACM and USB Storage

Sorry - how do I do both?  HSF is not an option.  

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Re: WRT3200ACM and USB Storage

You could do it on the PC. The Mac won't care when its shared out from the router.

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Re: WRT3200ACM and USB Storage

On the PC format NTFS, MBR is the default.

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Re: WRT3200ACM and USB Storage

I will create a USB Key on my Mac Mini and test on the WRT3200ACM so I can provide you with more detailed instructions for the external storage issue.


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Re: WRT3200ACM and USB Storage

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klaz wrote:

 

I'm going to erase and reformat the drive using the Mac disk utility.   The format will MacOS Extended (Journaled)

 


I tested and this works with MBR.

 

FYI:

 

MacOS Ext is HFS+, sorry I don't use my Mac much Smiley Happy


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Re: WRT3200ACM and USB Storage

Thanks..

 

I reformated the WD drive and turned off the WD unlocker.  I can now see the router on my iMAC under "Shared" and if I click on that, I can see the WD drive drive plugged into the router, and can access files in it.

 

But Apple Time Machine still cannot see the router or the drive on it as an option to back up to.

 

Under the external Storagfe options onthe router, I have turned off and on the secured folder access option and that makes no difference. 

 

Thoughts?

 

 

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Re: WRT3200ACM and USB Storage

I did some research and found that TimeMachine isn't compatible with some devices that don't run Network volumes connected using Apple File Protocol (AFP) which I don't think is supported in Linksys routers.

 

https://support.apple.com/en-ca/HT202784


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