How to Access Your External Hard Drive Plugged Into Your Time Capsule

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How to Access Your External Hard Drive Plugged Into Your Time Capsule
Wireless networking and files sharing is very popular, especially among laptop users. (wireless home network image by jaddingt from

The Apple Time Capsule is a great device for sharing large amounts of storage wirelessly between multiple computers. To complement the built-in hard drive, you can attach an external hard drive through USB to the Time Capsule, turning your once desktop hard drive into a shared wireless drive.

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    Attach the hard drive's USB cable to an available port on the back of the Time Capsule and plug in the power supply if needed. Some drives will run off the power provided by the USB port.

  2. 2

    On your computer (PC or Mac) launch the AirPort Utility program and double click on your Time Capsule to open its configuration settings.

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    Click on the plus sign on the drives tab and add the drive you just connected. You will have the option to password protect this drive from others on your network.

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    Close the utility and choose to save your configuration. Allow several minutes for the changes to be saved and for the Time Capsule to restart. The Time Capsule's network will appear in your wireless network menu when it has restarted.

  5. 5

    Connect to your Time Capsule's network. The drive you attached will now be visible in My Computer (PC) or Finder (Mac). Any files you create or modify will be available to all users who have access to your network.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure your Time Capsule's wireless network is protected with a password. Nearby computers will not only be able to use your Internet connection, but they will have full ability to copy, modify or even delete the contents of your hard drive.

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