Which WD Portable Backup?

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  1. Resist macrumors 68030

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    Been thinking getting a WD MY Passport portable backup disk but I'm not sure which version. Any suggestions? I have a 2010 13" Macbook Pro.
     
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    Dhelsdon macrumors 65816

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    I just bought the WD My Passport SE 1TB, I use the Time Machine backup and it works great. I haven't used the WD Backup software though.

    It also supports USB 3.0 so it's fast, but currently bottle-necked by the speed of the standard sun ports.

    You might want to fork out the extra cash for the Go-Flex though, because when it's out you'll be able to use the thunderbolt port adapter. I'll end up re-buying the Go-Flex once it supports thunderbolt for sure.
     
  3. Resist thread starter macrumors 68030

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    My Macbook Pro doesn't support USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt.
     
  4. gooch3265 macrumors member

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    I've got a WD Passport Studio. Supports USB 2.0, but more importantly FW400/800.

    Works seamlessly with Time Machine. Can be partitioned for Windows (so you can run Windows 7 Ultimate's backup software for your Windows partition).

    Seems to be the best WD solution until some Thunderbolt support comes along...
     
  5. Resist thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I took a look at the WD Passport Studio and it seems to be just what I want, except that it doesn't come in a 1TB version. That's very disappointing.
     
  6. gooch3265 macrumors member

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    Depends upon your needs I guess. The 640GB does the trick for me. I keep a MyBook World Edition II at home and use the Studio on the road. The World Edition II is the weak link because it is so slow (100MBit ethernet is the speediest connection method).

    A MyBook Studio (desktop) would supplement a Passport if both combined are within your budget.
     
  7. Resist thread starter macrumors 68030

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    The thing is I would like to have at least 1TB of storage and faster speeds than USB 2.0 can provide. My Macbook Pro doesn't support USB 3.0 but does have Firewire 800. And I like the idea of a portable drive that doesn't require an external power source.
     
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  9. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    I've got one of these for Time Machine on my MacBook Pro:

    Western Digital My Passport Essential SE 1 TB USB 3.0/2.0 Ultra Portable External Hard Drive (Silver)

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    That's not completely true, Western Digital's My Book/My Passport external hard drives made for Mac's that are under the Studio name have Firewire.
     
  10. Resist thread starter macrumors 68030

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    So now I see that Western Digital just released a newer version of the portable MY Passport Studio line. And apparently they got rid of the display. To bad because I kind of liked the idea of having that.
     
  11. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    What's the difference in portable external and desktop external does portable not need ac power?
     
  12. stevenpa macrumors 6502

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    Yes. Portables run off USB and are normally smaller.
     
  13. henry72 macrumors 65816

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    I'd go for the new one. It has a FireWire port which is much faster than USB. The new one is so sexy as well :D
     
  14. Resist thread starter macrumors 68030

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    The old version of the Studio also had firewire.
     

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