Will WD passport elite 500GB work with new 13 inch mbp

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by sportsfreak, Jun 19, 2009.

  1. sportsfreak macrumors member

    Nov 22, 2008
    I am looking to purchase the wester elite protable harddrive seen here


    On this website it says that the min requriemesnts are windows or mac. However on the actulal WD site it states that it is not formatted for a mac.

    Does anyone know if this harddive will work on the new 13inch mbp- does anyone have any personal experience using one? Will it have any compatablity issues.

  2. spaceboots06 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 13, 2009
    The Rotten Apple
    It should be fine. I have a similar one. If not, reformat it to an acceptable file storage type.

    EDIT: Costco does a no questions asked thing on returns with electronics anyway.
  3. qpid macrumors regular

    Oct 18, 2004
    It is default formatted for FAT32 which will work fine but no single file can be over 4gb in size, unless you format it for hfs+
  4. harcosparky macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    They work beautifully.

    We have 3 of them in 250GB and one in 500GB.

    They come formatted in FAT32, a Windows format but even with that they work on Macs.

    You could always do as we did, reformat them in HFS (journaled) using Disk Utility.

    Just make sure you are doing it to the correct drive.

    EDIT: If you do not need the Elite Model ... .Best Buy has the 500GB Essential Model ( USB2.0 ) for only $119.00


    They have the Elite for $159


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