External Hard Drives

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by sealbhaigh, Jan 27, 2016.

  1. sealbhaigh macrumors newbie

    sealbhaigh

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    I need to pick up an external hard drive and see certain HDs listed as "Backup Slim for Mac" etc. but I thought any external hard drive could just be formatted and used. Is this just a sales gimmick?
     
  2. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - Yes. It might be that it's simply pre-formatted to HFS+ or comes with Mac software.
    There's nothing inherently "Mac" about a hard drive.
     
  3. KimUsername macrumors member

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    I prefer Western Digital drives. I have had good luck with these.
    Here is a link to a drive on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Black-Passpor...wo_browse-bin:7817230011,p_89:Western+Digital

    The same drive, but listed as for Mac it $10.00 more. The only difference is it is reformatted for Mac.
    Either drive will work, it only takes about 10-15 seconds to reformat the drive for Mac.
    I would buy to cheaper one.

    Kim
     
  4. kevink2 macrumors 65816

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    I bought one once. Came with Mac software already on it. I think already formatted too.

    You can download the software, and reformat easy enough, if you don't choose that model.
     
  5. arggg14 macrumors 6502a

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    Download what software? The drive can be formatted using disk utility in two steps?
     
  6. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - Lots of drives come with the manufacturer's own backup software, various superfluous utilities or other such nonsense. Probably what he was referring to.
     
  7. marc55 macrumors 6502a

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    I have a 2TB Western Digital My Passport which was formatted for Windows; I simply went into Disk Utility and formatted it to OS X Extended Journaled. I have also encrypted my MBP and Back Up drive, and it works perfectly.

    m
     
  8. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    Yep it's just a sales gimmick buy any external hard drive you like.
     
  9. Badrottie Suspended

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    I really like Seagate Backup Plus it doesn't give me any problems at all.
     

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