WD 500GB My Passport Essential vs. Mac HD

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  1. Schmoyer macrumors newbie

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    I noticed Western Digital sells two variants of their 500GB external HD. One labeled Mac, which requires a Mac and their regular passport essential which claims to work on both a Mac and PC. The Mac version is $10 more expsensive. I was hoping someone could point out the major differences and if this $10 price difference is worth purchasing the Mac drive. I linked both products below.

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=9258876&type=product&id=1218070096126

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8993164&type=product&id=1218007082970

    Thanks!
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    I would say the one labeled "Mac" comes pre-formatted as HFS+ for Mac as stated

    You will just have to format the other drive, which is no problem with Disk Utility

    You can read up on the file systems here

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  3. Schmoyer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    If I bought the regular Passport and didn't format it for a Mac, leaving it NTFS, would my Mac be able to read/store from/to it? I use a flash drive on my Mac now that's formatted for a PC.... It works just fine.

    The only reason I ask is because I want to connect the external to a Xbox 360, which I know reads the memory stick. Would the Xbox read the HFS+?

    Thanks again
     
  4. uberamd macrumors 68030

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    It can read it but not write to it without additional software.
     
  5. Schmoyer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hmm... I can read and write to my memory stick... Are flash drives different? Or were you referring to the Xbox being able to only read the HD formatted HFS+?
     
  6. uberamd macrumors 68030

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  7. Schmoyer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Simple enough, thanks for all the help.

    Does anyone know if an Xbox 360 can read an HFS+ formatted drive?
     
  8. Maccleduff macrumors regular

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    Yep, the xbox can read an external usb hard drive formatted to HFS+.
     

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