External HDD for rMBP

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  1. KevinKristensen macrumors newbie

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    Just a quick question.
    Are there any external HDD's with USB 3.0 compatible with the Mac out there?

    If not, is it possible to turn a "normal" (only compatible with Windows) external HDD into a Mac compatible HDD?
    If yes, how? :)

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Any standard, USB drive will work. Just plug it in and start Disk Utility and reformat the new drive to Mac OS X Extended and you will be good to go.

    There really is no such things as a Windows only drive. If you just reformat any drive it will work with a Mac.

    I have been using one of this from Western Digital and it works well.
     
  3. KevinKristensen thread starter macrumors newbie

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    And it won't have any limits whatsoever when it comes to read/write files?

    I was thinking of buying the drive you mentioned, but I was unsure whether it would work with the Mac or not.

    Last, thanks for your help - I really appreciate it.
     
  4. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Every device has "limits" - whether it's speed, capacity, noise, etc.

    All hard drives work for Macs once they're formatted to do so.
     
  5. iVeBeenDrinkin' macrumors 65816

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    There are plenty of 3.0 usb externals out there. I am using a WD passport essential. WD has a full line of usb 3.0 drives.
     
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  7. spdntrxi macrumors regular

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    that's the one I"m using.. so far so good... it's 5400rpm though which is the only bummer. I'll see how it does and maybe swap in a 7200...but my feeling is that it will be good enough.
     
  8. KevinKristensen thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Okay, let me ask in a another way: Will it behave any different from a "Mac-compatible" external HDD's?

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    Thanks for your suggestion, but I think I'm gonna go with the WD My Passport 1 TB :)
     
  9. Weaselboy Moderator

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    No. These drives that are marketed for Macs are often just pre formatted in the OS X HFS+ file format and that is all. Take any drive and format it to HFS+ and you have the same drive with all the same functionality.
     

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