What HD model is in the WD My Passport Elite ?

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  1. dcl macrumors regular

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    Anyone that has installed this in your MBP - What model Scorpio HD is in the WD - My Passport Elite ? - the slower 1.5Gb/s or the faster 3.0Gb/s

    Just picked up the New Western Digital 320GB - My Passport Elite in So. Cal. Costco Retail Store

    :DGOOD DEAL: $ 169.99 - $ 30 coupon = $ 139.99 + tax - Coupon in May 15 - June 1 Booklet

    also available online w/ $10 shipping http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=11280356&whse=BC&topnav=&browse=&lang=en-US&s=1

    Elite comes with 5 year warranty and Costco offers an excellent return anytime policy.
     
  2. JNB macrumors 604

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    Most likely the Scorpio, as that's the only 2.5" WD drive that supports 320GB (assuming that's the capacity you got).

    That one is $139 at a lot of places--I was just at Circuit City today and saw it for that price (but I was actually there to get a Bamboo--$69!).
     
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    That one is "Essential", he is posting about "Elite" version. Don't ask me about the differences though. :)

    By the way, Costco seems to charge $10 for shipping that drive and the coupon is just for online offers, so the total cost is $150 + tax.
     
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    Considering they only have one drive at that capacity & size, it's a bit much extra for a different shell, from the looks of it.
     
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    Why wouldn't you just buy a regular internal drive? Buying a passport and taking the drive out voids the warranty on the drive, so if you have any problems you're out $130. Easier to just buy a WD Scorpio from newegg and get an enclosure for your old drive.
     
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    Maybe a Hitachi or Samsung? :p

    Actually another member did the same swap and they checked the internal drive warranty and it was covered.
     
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    That would be correct. The drive itself would still be covered as its sealed. The enclosure, well, who cares? Besides, I can get it WITH the enclosure for the same price as the bare drive, anyway.
     
  10. cluthz macrumors 68040

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    According to my retailer the differences is what you get with the drive.
    The essential only holds a 10-inch usb cable and thats it. The Elite features some software more cabling etc.

    I bought an essential three days ago and that one had a WD3200BEVT-11ZCT0 in it.

    According to System Profiler the SATA device on the MBP (SR 2.2) is a 1.5gbit
    Intel ICH8-M AHCI:
    Vendor: Intel
    Product: ICH8-M AHCI
    Speed: 1.5 Gigabit
    Description: AHCI Version 1.10 Supported
     
  11. alphaod macrumors Core

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    If you're worried about the 1.5Gbit SATA just get a pair of tweezers and remove the SATA jumpers. It won't improve anything; I've tried.
     

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