Will western digital passport 320gb work with 1 macbook usb port?

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  1. tennismanclay macrumors regular

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    I have a macbook 2.16ghz bought in June 07. Im wanting to buy a western digital 320gb external drive, which is supposed to be powered by the usb port.

    I read somewhere it takes 600 MA to power it, and someone said it took 1000MA to power it. In system profiler it says my macbook's usb supports 500MA, which really surprised me since its a pretty new computer.

    My question is if anyone has a 320gb passport drive on the same generation macbook i have that works. Or if you need a y cable to do it.
     
  2. haxderek macrumors newbie

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    Sorry if this seems irrelevant. I have a 250gb WD passport (usb-powered) and it works fine with my Macbook 2.0ghz bought in march 07.
     
  3. aethelbert macrumors 601

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    Yes, they work. I've used them a lot, and the passport drives have never been a problem.
     
  4. tennismanclay thread starter macrumors regular

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    ok, so a 320gb passport drive will work on my macbook without the additional cable?

    Just making sure;)
     
  5. hexonxonx macrumors 601

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    Ignore, forgot I was in the Macbook forum.
     
  6. lag1090 macrumors 6502

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    The USB spec allows for a maximum of 500mA per port. Anything higher is out of spec. Based on this, one cannot honestly expect Apple to provide USB ports with higher power ratings.
     
  7. benjaminbr macrumors member

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    I hope you meant that as sarcasm, or else you haven't kept up with the Air usb superdrive debacle.
     
  8. lag1090 macrumors 6502

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    It was a minor jab at Apple's policy of adhering to standards only when the company feels it is necessary. While other manufacturers may occasionally use out-of-spec components in their products, they are relatively consistent in comparison.
     
  9. tennismanclay thread starter macrumors regular

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  10. pjrobertson macrumors 6502a

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    YES it will work!

    But it doesn't work in one of the extra ports from the Apple Keyboard, not enough power.

    Straight into the Macbook works fine.
     
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    Hiya tennismanclay,

    Hope this helps you. I have my old 2.5" WD 250Gb Drive in an external case and it's plugged directly into my MBP. I can assure you it works fine... and I can honestly say the 320Gb version will also be find cause both drives draw the same amount of current.

    However, if your plugging it into a non-powered USB hub or attaching it to a USB keyboard, then it won't function correctly as nither the Hub or older Apple keyboards offer sufficient current.
     
  12. panzer06 macrumors 68030

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    This should be a qualified yes; I've seen issues when the system has multiple external devices connected FW, USB at the same time and attempts to add addl external drive fails, requiring a powered case or connecting to a powered hub.

    If the external USB drive is the only heavy draw it should work just fine.

    Cheers,
     
  13. ref26 macrumors 6502a

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    I have a 320gb Simpletech external HDD and it requires 2 ports, if that helps at all, it probably varies by brand though.
     
  14. willpower101 macrumors regular

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    I have a western digital that won't work. Can anyone reccomend a cable long enough to reach around both ports?
     
  15. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    It didn't come with a 2-->1 USB cable? I believe WD sells one.

    As for the OP, my 500GB 2.5" Seagate external drive works just fine with 1 plug. There's a 2nd "power" USB head on the cable but I don't need to use it. (Unibody MacBook)
     
  16. willpower101 macrumors regular

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    roger that.

    I found the cable on their site finally. It's one of the few that's long enough.
     
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  18. Chimpy macrumors 6502

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    I have the 320gb Passport and it works fine on my Macbook 1,1. Hope that helps.
     
  19. bamabruin macrumors newbie

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    I have a 250gb WD Passport that used to work fine with the macbook, but now doesn't, and makes a clicking sound. The weird part is the same drive still works fine when plugged in to a PC. Could this is a USB Power issue on my macbook?
     

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