Using Time Machine with an Airport Extreme AirDisk

P3.  " . . . Time Machine must create a new backup for you."

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This topic has been moved to Time Machine -- Troubleshooting item #C13.


Apologies for the inconvenience.

Time Machine can back up to a USB drive
connected to the new, tall Airport Extreme "ac" models (6th generation) introduced in June, 2013.

But it's not reliable and not supported by Apple on the older, flat models.  They have different hardware.  If there's trouble with it, you won't get much, if any, help from Apple.  If you decide to take the risk, you'd be well advised to have other backups;  don't depend on these 100%.   See Time Machine FAQ #2 for supported Time Machine destinations.