New Macbook and external HD

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by RobbRock, Oct 17, 2008.

  1. RobbRock macrumors member


    Oct 15, 2007
    Whittier/Long Beach,Ca
    I have a question hopefully it hasnt been answered it may sound kind of noob but I was wondering if you have an external HD which is a plug in HD into a wall for power cant you still use that with USB to keep files on. It worked with my Macbook Pro I had before I just purchased a MacBook but it was a hastle with the wifi transfer. Because I used to transfer before with a USB cord because I know they were saying the USB doesnt have the powere firewire does. Anyways I would appreciate it if anyone could answer this.

    Thank You
  2. clamchowderz macrumors member

    Oct 7, 2008
    Mountain View
    yes you can use a USB powered hard drive with the new macbook. My hard drive supports both firewire and USB 2.0 and I have used both, I can tell you that USB is slower, took me about 15-20minutes to transfer 120gbs.
  3. dinaluvsApple macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2008
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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