Airport Disk Is Terrific

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Airport Disk Is Terrific

Post by Richard Serkes » Thu Jun 16, 2011 8:40 am

If you own an Apple Airport Extreme base station, then one of its options is to connect a USB external hard drive to it to be shared on your network. This is called an Airport Disk. I've known this for quite some time but never used this feature. When I wanted to move files from one Mac to another I'd copy those files to a USB thumb drive and then plug it into the other Mac.

Now I just drag-and-drop the files to the external hard drive attached to the Airport Extreme and they're wirelessly copied there. Then I open the Finder on the other Mac and wirelessly transfer the files to it. No muss, no fuss, no carrying around thumb drives.

Why did I wait so long?

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Re: Airport Disk Is Terrific

Post by Stephen Hart » Thu Jun 16, 2011 10:03 am

What are the advantages compared to File Sharing? Mount the other computer, log in and drop the file directly to the desktop. Or, if you don't want to log in, drop it in the Shared folder.

We use this quite a bit, rather than rolling-chair-net or trudge-up-the-stairs-net.

And on the occasions when my wife has to work and I want to use her MacBook Pro to watch a movie, she can even access files on her MacBook while I'm using it.

You can open a file on a remote Mac using File Sharing, but I recommend always copying the file and giving it a new name.

Basically, any Mac on a LAN with File Sharing on is a server.

I guess that the AirPort Disk creates a third copy, which is like a backup.
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Re: Airport Disk Is Terrific

Post by Richard Serkes » Thu Jun 16, 2011 11:47 am

Security. With File Sharing turned on anybody on the LAN can see and gain access to what's on your Mac. With an Airport Disk (AD) only the files on the AD are "communal." No prying eyes, thank you very much.
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Re: Airport Disk Is Terrific

Post by Stephen Hart » Thu Jun 16, 2011 12:01 pm

Good point. Once logged in as the owner, you do have access to everything.
To log in to another Mac, of course, you need to know a password. Generally, we log in as each other, but you can set up an account for that purpose, though I don't know whether that'd be any better than just using the dropbox.
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Re: Airport Disk Is Terrific

Post by Stephen Hart » Mon Sep 12, 2011 7:01 pm

Can you set up this disk as a Time Machine disk?
Does it solve the problem where Lion accesses a wired Time Machine disk many, many times?
See this SMUG thread.
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