WD. SATA and Mac support

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by kwfl, Aug 27, 2007.

  1. kwfl macrumors 6502

    Aug 20, 2007
    i am trying to buy a WD hard drive when i come across this in their web page


    mac osx does not support SATA?
    is that true

    also something weired, is that they dont tell u which port your hard drive is gonna be, firewire, usb or what?

    i am sure i am missing something. anyone can tell me?

    i have a 10 month old iMac 20''
    it has FW 400 but is it GIGa bit ethernet, or just the normal one

    i am trying to buy this
    i know it says sata where i am not so sure about it
    which ports it has?

    what qare the differences between the one in the above link and this

  2. itickings macrumors 6502a


    Apr 14, 2007
    Should the link be to the WD Interface Guide instead?

    In any case, OS X most definitively support Serial ATA, all new Macs have been shipping with SATA drives for a while.

    They DO tell you exactly what port/ports the drive supports. If it says SATA, it is SATA. If it says USB, it is USB and so on.

    Gigabit ethernet.

    If it says SATA, then it is SATA. It is an internal drive. To use that drive in an iMac, you have to open the computer (and most certainly void any warranty and risk damaging the computer) and replace the existing drive.

    If you are looking for an external WD drive, go to External Storage instead of Desktop Drives.

    This one is old parallel ATA, instead of serial ATA. Different technology. Still an internal drive, though.

    You are welcome.
  3. kwfl thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 20, 2007
    i dont know what to say here
    many many thanks.

    i thought by being a desktop drive as what are actually "external drives but powered separately, i.e. non-portable)

    once u said, u gonna have to break open my iMac and dump it in, i got the full image. :D

    i should be actually looking into the external storage section, where no SATA and EIDE stuff to worry about

    thanks again

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