My Passport external HD

Cnercessian

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I've been looking for an portable external HD for my 2012 MBA and stumble upon this today

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Western-Digital-My-Passport-Essential-SE-1-TB-External-5400-RPM-/300753902160?var=#ht_1974wt_1374

I know i have to reformat it for a Mac but what i was wondering is if the usb 3.0 function will work with the Mac? I ask this because on the Western Digital website, they have a separate "My Passport for Mac" hard drive but it is only USB 2.0, so i wondered if they didn't recognize the 3.0 functionality.

Thanks
 

AurelMax

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Aug 4, 2012
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just bought 2012 MBA, and I have a WD passport 500gb and a WD elements 1TB, though it looks one generation before, but with USB3.


and i'm having terrible results with both for the moment :(


another forumer has had the same problem, change the cable, seemed to fix the problem


will see
 

TwinCitiesJHawk

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I've been looking for an portable external HD for my 2012 MBA and stumble upon this today

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Western-Digital-My-Passport-Essential-SE-1-TB-External-5400-RPM-/300753902160?var=#ht_1974wt_1374

I know i have to reformat it for a Mac but what i was wondering is if the usb 3.0 function will work with the Mac? I ask this because on the Western Digital website, they have a separate "My Passport for Mac" hard drive but it is only USB 2.0, so i wondered if they didn't recognize the 3.0 functionality.

Thanks
I bought the blue one from amazon last month, had to format it to work with my MBA and it works perfectly. Not sure if Its running with usb 2 or 3.0 though.
 

Weaselboy

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I've been looking for an portable external HD for my 2012 MBA and stumble upon this today

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Western-Digital-My-Passport-Essential-SE-1-TB-External-5400-RPM-/300753902160?var=#ht_1974wt_1374

I know i have to reformat it for a Mac but what i was wondering is if the usb 3.0 function will work with the Mac? I ask this because on the Western Digital website, they have a separate "My Passport for Mac" hard drive but it is only USB 2.0, so i wondered if they didn't recognize the 3.0 functionality.

Thanks
I have the 500GB version of that drive and just formatted for Mac and it works fine at USB 3.0 speeds on my 2012 MBA. from what I can tell, the "Mac" version is just preformatted in HFS+ for you.
 

AurelMax

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TwinCitiesJHawk

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Nyvar

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Feb 20, 2012
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well based on WD's website:

Up to 5 Gb/s in USB 3.0 mode and
up to 480 Mb/s in USB 2.0 mode

http://www.wdc.com/wdproducts/librar...178-705230.pdf
Informal real life results: it took 12 hours to put 1.4TB on to the drive using my late 2011 mbp, samsung 830 ssd from a firewire 800 external through usb 2 to the passport. Moving the same set of files (iTunes library if you're curious) via usb3 to a usb3 seagate 3TB using the mba, took a little less than 5 hours.