Western Digital intros new Mac-friendly external drives

By on March 17, 2010, 1:19 PM
Western Digital has added a pair of new external storage drives to its Mac product line. The company now offers 750GB and 1TB iterations of the My Passport SE. Aimed specifically at Apple computer users, the drive comes formatted for Mac systems, and Western Digital says it's compatible with Apple Time Machine software.


The My Passport SE drives are highly portable, as they are powered by USB 2.0, eliminating bulky adapters. The drives also measure only 0.70 x 4.3 x 3.2 inches, weigh less than half a pound, and are equipped with 256-bit hardware encryption with password protection to keep your data secure while on the move.

The My Passport SE for Mac external drives are available now through Western Digital's online store. The 750GB version ships for $179.99, while the 1TB unit is $199.99.




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rskapadia2294 said:

hey good to see that! btw western digital is the best!

their devices are pretty good and their pricing is also justified!

great work!

Didou Didou, Bowtie extraordinair!, said:

Any drive formatted in HFS can be used for Time Machine, it's not there's a special requirement for it. & pre-formatting the drive in HFS shouldn't account for a price increase. If at least it had Firewire as well as USB2, I wouldn't mind so much.

Tekkaraiden Tekkaraiden said:

Yes a lack of firewire is disappointing.

TorturedChaos, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Didou said:

Any drive formatted in HFS can be used for Time Machine, it's not there's a special requirement for it. & pre-formatting the drive in HFS shouldn't account for a price increase. If at least it had Firewire as well as USB2, I wouldn't mind so much.

Actually I looked at their website, and it looks like the 'Mac Ready' drives and the Windows formatted drives are both about the same price. Also saw an Firewire edition offered on there.

Richy2k9 said:

humm...

quite interesting, will check it out, still my preference goes to SSD, yet bigger ones aren't as big as mechanical drive & cost is a big factor.

cheers!

jasonk1229 said:

mac is always different shameful

Yoda8232 said:

Wow twice the price of a regular drive of the same size?

Well the pricing is no different if a Mac user is buying it...

And not to mention only USB 2.

pipopaz said:

I'm a bit confused about compatibility, I thought WD drives already worked on both platforms. I would much rather prefer to have a drive that can be used in both my windows and mac osx environments. For backup I think that is what the mac oriented drives are for?

megrawab said:

Does it have any other purpose than just external drive? I just thought because why would other use this if there are flash disks that can store files too... If it is an alternative to hard drives for pc on the other hand, it shall not be removed from computer therefore!...

Aneesh said:

Password protection is a good feature..................

RockandRepublic said:

Who cares. I just need it to work on my windows machine.

Relic Relic, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Always thought these pre-made external HDD's were too pricey. Just get yourself a 1TB from Newegg for ~$90, pick yourself up a docking bay or enclosure depending what you want (~$25), then just get open-source software that you need like TrueCrypt for HDD password protection. Pretty easy to do for anyone imo. I personally use a docking bay for my external HDD's and have them encrypted with TrueCrypt . Works great and its cheaper!

yorro said:

Did it really fit on that small case? I mean my last external HDD(120GB) is roughly the same size. Technology moves really fast.

SNGX1275 SNGX1275, TS Forces Special, said:

I'm a bit confused about compatibility, I thought WD drives already worked on both platforms. I would much rather prefer to have a drive that can be used in both my windows and mac osx environments. For backup I think that is what the mac oriented drives are for?

They can, normal external drives work on Macs just as well as "Mac" externals.

The only real difference is that the Mac ones probably come with WD's backup software for Macs on the drive. That is about the only thing I can think of that would make them different. As Didou points out the regular WD externals can be formatted as HFS and used just fine on a Mac (and of course they can, drives don't care what file system they use - and also by extension Time Machine doesn't care either).

So if there is a price difference between the Mac drives and the normal ones then that is unfortunate. But like I said, it may be because of Mac specific backup software included with the drive. I could understand a price difference if it came with FW400 or FW800.

levar said:

aneesh said:

Password protection is a good feature..................

it is and the most important in my opinion. Not to mention but its probably ruining (AES) Advanced Encryption Standard no doubt. Great prices though, even though I'm not quite interested in anything Mac at the moment, but its Western Digital and I love they're hardware. Going a bit off topic but, I haven't really been seeing any of much Apple news or Mac hardware/software lately... would be nice if they're where some more.

ansarimikail said:

Now they just need those magnetic cables so it doesn't fall and waste all your dough.

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