USB 3.0 compatibility

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by prnoct90, Jun 20, 2012.

  1. prnoct90 macrumors regular

    Dec 11, 2007
    Will any USB 3.0 drive work with usb 3.0 in my new macbook air?
  2. angelsguardian macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2012
    North East Scotland
    If it's a simple drive then yes if it comes with any software functions (backup etc) then check there is a Mac version as most don't bother.
  3. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    it will have to be formated to work with Mac OS, otherwise you won't be able access it or depending on the format, you may be able to read from it, but not write to it.

    as long as it's a new disk, this isn't a problem. Formatting is easy, but will erase existing data.
    if it's been used before, you may run into some issues if you want to save the data on it, but don't have enough space on other drives to back everything up before you format.

    here's a good article explaining the different types, it's talking about a thumb drive, but the formats are the same.

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