What's the difference between these two external hard drives? (WD)

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  1. AdventurousJosh macrumors 6502

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    Hey guys,
    So I can't figure out the difference between these two hard drives, they look identical but Amazon says the latter one is the "newer" version, are they the same thing?

    http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digit...1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1254686897&sr=1-1

    http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digit...=dp_ob_title_ce?ie=UTF8&qid=1254686897&sr=1-1

    Which is the better buy?
    Also, Is it recommended I get a Mac formatted external drive? Does it do it automatically when I plug it in or is it easier to get a mac formatted drive?
     
  2. Machnikowski macrumors newbie

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    They're exactly the same in terms of specs, the second one just has a different enclosure and is more expensive. It is, however, the current one. The first one is now "last-years tech" as far as WD is concerned.
     
  3. AdventurousJosh thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So it's safe to buy last years tech? really no difference besides packaging?
     
  4. Machnikowski macrumors newbie

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    That newer shell is supposed to be more durable. Other than that, the old one is perfectly fine.
     
  5. AdventurousJosh thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks,
    Is it recommended I get a Mac formatted external drive? Does it do it automatically when I plug it in or is it easier to get a mac formatted drive?

    Thanks,
     
  6. Mike Macintosh macrumors regular

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    They are the same specs, just different incasing of the product, I think you will be just fine with the older model.
     
  7. hellomacguy macrumors newbie

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    you can format it on a mac

    when the harddrive arrives you can easily format it.

    open disk utility and select the hard drive from a side bar on the side. click on the erase tab and then erase the drive(this will format it for use with a mac)
     

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