My Passport Edge for Mac

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  1. macuser1232, Nov 2, 2012
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    Hey I was wondering if anyone knows where I can purchase the My Passport Edge for Mac under $100 or an external drive similar to it for under $100. I've already tried ebay and I don't use amazon.

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    You can get it from the WD online store for $94.99 if you use the checkout discount code WDCARES. That is the price before tax, but hopefully it is useful to you if you can't find it anywhere else. I bought one of these to use with my MBA and I really like it, very portable drive. Good luck!
     
  3. macuser1232 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks! Yeah it looks to be the one of the best drives out there if I'm not mistaken.
     
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  5. Ifti macrumors 68000

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    Isn't the standard My Passport 2TB USB3 drive more cost effective then the My Passport Edge 1TB drive?!

    My Passport edge 500GB is around £100
    My passport 2TB is around £180

    Is go for the 2TB if you can save a little more?
    The edge drive does look pretty sleek though ;)
     
  6. adonis3k macrumors 6502

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    do these actually operate at USB 3.0 speeds and not 2.0? I need one around 2 or 3TB but not sure what to buy. Currently have a 1TB Seagate with Firewire but want something abit quicker.
     
  7. Ifti macrumors 68000

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    They should do, yes.
    I just picked up an external caddy and stuck the HDD from my MBP into it. Certainly get USB speeds through that!
    I haven't tested the passport drives but they should be noticably nippier.
     
  8. macuser1232 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Where is the best place to buy a caddy? Not for Mac. Just a regular HDD for PC. Because, I have about 6 hard drives that I have wiped and I could easily use them as external hard drives for my Mac after formatting them(I think).
     
  9. adonis3k macrumors 6502

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    haha just realised who you were, been watching your vids for awhile now :)

    macuser1232, you can pick up loads on ebay, just make sure they can take your hard drives you have.
     
  10. Ifti macrumors 68000

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    I purchased an 'Icy Box' from Amazon. Cost very little, but I get full USB3 speeds through it. I actually tested the HDD speed before I removed it from my MacBook, then tested the speed in the caddy, and got exactly the same - hence the bottleneck is the actual speed of the drive itself, rather then the interface.

    Lol, cheers ;)
    Got a few more coming up this week...... ;)
     
  11. adonis3k macrumors 6502

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    Nice one :)

    Im looking at a WD Portable 2TB drive, would a non mac formatted version give me USB 3.0 speeds as they seem to be about £30 cheaper than a mac version :confused:
     
  12. Ifti macrumors 68000

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    File transfer speed is based on the connecting interface and the drive speed itself. Go for the cheaper version (as long as its still USB3) and then simply reformat it for MAC once you receive it ;)
     
  13. macuser1232 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Does my drive have to be USB 3 compatible or just the caddy?
     
  14. Ifti macrumors 68000

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    Just the caddy.
    Think of USB3 just being the pipe between the drive and your computer - a bigger pipe to allow more data to go through at any one time. The drive will just go as fast as it can to feed or retrieve that data.
     
  15. macuser1232 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Oh ok. So I'm assuming a caddy with usb 3.0 will be more expensive? And I hope they make caddies with both usb 2.0 and 3.0. Where's a good place to buy these? I'll go check out my external hard drives and find out the size of them.
     
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  17. macuser1232 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well turns out the hard drives I have are only 40gb. I want to sell them but my only option is ebay probably.
     

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