recommend a good usb 3.0 drive?

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    +1 The seagate goFlex are awesome. Assuming it's like the 1TB version then you don't need a second port for power. One usb does it all.
    I ran the speed test casually and got about 90 read and write, so it's pretty fast.

    It's worth noting that the same drive is $10 less on amazon.
     
  5. dmk1974 macrumors 68000

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    I actually bought that same exact drive the same day I bought my 2012 11" MBA. I bought mine at Best Buy though (they have it for $119.99 pre-tax). I use it for my Time Machine backups as well as PC backups (separate partitions). The drive so far has worked great for me and is about 3X faster than my previous Toshiba USB 2.0 drive.

    Here's a thread I started where I was comparing the speeds of various USB drives as well as their connections:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1391740
     
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    It is fairly fast and quiet. But it uses a proprietary cable and the "colors" it comes in are cheap aluminum plate on the top only (sides and bottom are black plastic) so you might not want to pay more for non black colors.
     
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    I'm not sure we talk about the same model, are you referring to the previous version? There is no aluminum and it only comes in black. It uses a regular USB 3 cable as far as I can tell.

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    I think this one only supports USB 2.0 for Mac.
     
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    Sorry, I did not follow the link - which seems to be to a toshiba product. I was talking about the WD My Passport. Which comes in several colors - I (regrettably) got silver just yesterday so pretty sure its the current model but one never knows as WD keeps changing their My Passport series without changing the name.
     
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    Do you mean this one? http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Passport-Essential-Portable/dp/B0041OSQ9S

    This is an older model and only supports USB 2.0 for Mac. The one that I suggested is the new model and supports USB 3.0 for Mac, the 2TB version comes in black only. If you got 1TB of the new model, there are other colors available.
     
  10. Moshe1010 macrumors 6502a

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    It says USB2 because when this drive was out, no mac had a built in USB 3.0 port to support it. It does support USB 3.0 on mac.
     
  11. MacBird macrumors 6502

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    Interesting, they'd better update the specs then. I didn't even consider it after reading the USB 2.0 for Mac part.
     
  12. Moshe1010 macrumors 6502a

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    You can send them an email or call their customer service and ask just to be sure.
     
  13. MacBird macrumors 6502

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    I got the Western Digital in the meantime and it works well, about 100MB/s read and write and it is relatively quiet.
     

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