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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Wrecksdart November 3, 2009 at 9:28 am

It’s worth noting that Belkin has stated that they don’t plan to implement this particular file system for the router:
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7589_102-0.html?threadID=334090

That blows. I’ve gone to their feedback page and sent a (slight) rant on why this is stupid–I recommend that other consumers do the same thing. [Note: My paranoia says that Apple has told them not to implement this feature because it would cut down on the interest in their Time Capsule device. Just sayin'.]

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Marcus February 12, 2010 at 1:05 am

Do you think that it wouldn’t recognize a drive that has an HFS+ partition alongside a FAT 32? I can’t get it to view my drive that is configured in this way. Great router, we love it but this one blip made me a bit dissapointed…sorry for intruding, just was googling for information and stumbled on your blog.

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