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must be 150 dollars or under, and as much storage as i can get. thanks. and it will be used for a macbook pro
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post #2 of 12

I've had good luck with various WD models. I have 3 Passports and 2 My Books, and have yet to have a failure after several years. I don't use the supplied software though. I've heard too many horror stories about it.

My Book 2TB



Passport 1TB


Both come in various capacities.

Hope this helps,

Rich
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alright ill get the passport. I like it cause its only powered by the usb. Anyone other ones that u recommend ?
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post #4 of 12
I would agree with hawaiian. Mine has never failed me.
I might recommend a piece of software for the mac though. NTFS-3G it's 3rd party software for the mac that allows write files to NTFS formatted hdd's. So I could switch between the Mac and my PC.
I had it installed when I was using a Macbook. I don't like using fat32 all that much anymore especially with it's file size limit.
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I don't think you will need an a/c adapter. Two usb3 ports give at least 2000mA, which should be enough to power any 5000~7200rpm hard drive.
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Originally Posted by quesoblanco View Post
I couldn''t get the link to work.

I have learned to go by the description rather than the picture when it comes to Amazon though. I've purchased a lot of things from them and haven't gotten anything different from what is was supposed to be regardless of the picture.

From looking at WD's website, the 1TB is the biggest Passport for Mac they make.


That looks like this one from Amazon.


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post #8 of 12

How about this hp?


I have had mine for about almost 2 months and haven't had any problems and i keep mine in my laptop bag always too use with my m11x.

Also pretty cheap now 89$ which was 129 and 149 just a month back.d


Oh and its also usb 2.0 and 3.0.
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I don't think you will need an a/c adapter. Two usb3 ports give at least 2000mA, which should be enough to power any 5000~7200rpm hard drive.
The drive still has to accept the power. Most of the ones that have an external plug can not be powered by the USB ports.
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post #10 of 12
Western digital is probably the best route for what you are after. I love the 7 I own lol and they serve me well. never had one arrive dead from Newegg. All of them are USB powered as well.
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