Belkin N+ Wireless Router Not Compatible With HFS+ Hard Drives

by Michael on October 19, 2009 · 2 comments

This is just a quick followup to my previous post about the Belkin N+ wireless router. While I’ve been able to get my firmware problems sorted out, I’ve run into another snag with this otherwise excellent router.

It seems that the Belkin N+ router, which comes with a USB port for networking an external hard drive, is not compatible with HFS+ formatted drives. Curious why this matters? Well…

If you’re a Mac user, this incompatibility will prevent you from using Time Machine to backup to a networked drive, as Time Machine requires an HFS+ formatted hard drive. Bummer, especially since this was the primary reason I bought the Belkin N+ instead of the Belkin N.

I’ve seen rumors that this might be addressed in a future firmware update, but I’m not holding my breath. If you’re intent on doing Time Machine backups over your wireless network, I suggest you look elsewhere for a wireless router.

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