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WD 500GB My Passport for Mac USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive

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Product Highlights
  • 500 GB Capacity
  • USB 3.0 Connectivity
  • Up to 5Gbps Max Transfer Rate
  • Apple Time Machine Compatible
  • Password Protection/Hardware Encryption
  • USB Powered
  • Formatted for Mac
  • Compatible with PC After Reformat

The 500GB My Passport for Mac USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive from Western Digital is an external portable hard drive that features a 500GB capacity and USB 3.0 connectivity.

It also features password protection and hardware encryption. It is USB powered, so no external adapter or unsightly wires are needed. Although it is formatted for use with Mac computers right from the box, it can be reformatted to work with PCs.

The fast 5.0 Gbps transfer speed of USB 3.0 is attractive, but the unit is also compatible with older 2.0 protocols, so you can use the drive immediately and move up to USB 3.0 when ready. The drive includes WD Drive Utilities which lets you set drive timers, run diagnostics and more.

Fast Transfer Rates
When connected to a USB 3.0 port, My Passport Edge lets you access and save files up to 3 times faster than USB 2.0 transfer rates. Performance may vary based on user's hardware and system configuration.
Mac and Time Machine Compatible
The Passport for Mac is HFS+ journaled so it works right out of the box with your Mac computer, but it can be reformatted for Windows. It is also compatible with Apple Time Machine backup software.
USB-Powered
Conveniently powered through the USB 3.0 interface, you can quickly connect to your Mac computer and access your files. There's no need to carry around a power adapter.
USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 Compatibility
With this single drive you get compatibility with your USB 2.0 devices today and the speed of USB 3.0 when you're ready to step up to the next generation.
WD Drive Utilities
Register your drive, set drive timer, run diagnostics and more using WD Drive Utilities.
WD Security
WD Security allows you to set password protection and hardware encryption for your drive to help protect your files from unauthorized use or access.
Performance
Capacity 500 GB
Interface USB 3.0
Drive Speed Not specified by manufacturer
Buffer Not specified by manufacturer
Average Seek Time Not specified by manufacturer
Sustained Data Transfer Rate USB 3.0: 5 Gb/s (Max)
USB 2.0: 480 Mb/s
System Requirements Formatted HFS+ Journaled for Mac OS X Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion
Can be reformatted for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
General
Mounting Portable, external
Power Requirements USB Powered
Environmental Requirements Operating temperature: 41 - 95°F / 5 - 35°C
Non-op. temperature: -4 - 149°F / -20 - 65°C
Dimensions (WxHxD) 0.60 x 4.35 x 3.23" / 15 x 111 x 82 mm
Weight 0.30 lbs / 0.14 kg
WD 500GB My Passport for Mac USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive
  • USB Cable
  • WD Security
  • WD Drive Utilities
  • Quick Install Guide
  • 3 - Year Limited Warranty
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    Western Digital500GB My Passport for Mac USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive
     
    5.0

    (based on 6 reviews)

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (6)
    • Easy to set up (6)
    • Easy to use (6)
    • Portable (6)
    • Quiet (6)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Additional storage (4)
      • Back-up (4)
      • Photo storage (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Power user (4)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (5)
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac (6)

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      5.0

      Perfect portable hard drive for backup

      By Naz

      from NYC

      About Me Power user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Compact
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Easy to use
      • High Capacity
      • Portable
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Additional Storage
        • Backup
        • Photo Storage

        Comments about Western Digital 500GB My Passport for Mac USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive:

        Ideal for travel and on the go backup for my MacBook Pro. Simple plug-and-play.

        • Primary use:
        • Business
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac

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        5.0

        Fast & Compact

        By Carissa Marie

        from Denver, Colorado

        About Me Casual user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Compact
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Easy to use
        • High Capacity
        • Portable
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Additional Storage
          • Backup
          • File Transfer
          • Photo Storage

          Comments about Western Digital 500GB My Passport for Mac USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive:

          Started transferring files right out of the box. It's smaller than other external hard drives that I've had and the USB 3.0 is FAST!

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac

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          5.0

          Great Drive

          By Terence S

          from Twin Cities, MN

          About Me Casual user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Compact
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Easy to use
          • High Capacity
          • Portable
          • Quiet

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Western Digital 500GB My Passport for Mac USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive:

              I use the product for regular backups and it works great. Was ready to go right out of the box with no issues.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • Mac

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              5.0

              Nice Product

              By Roger

              from Garden City, NY

              About Me Power user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Compact
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Easy to use
              • Portable
              • Quiet

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Photo Storage

                Comments about Western Digital 500GB My Passport for Mac USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive:

                Bought it, plugged it in, dumped files, no problem. Does what it says it does, and does it well.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Computer Platform:
                • Mac

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                5.0

                Good storage upgrade

                By Schism

                from Cleveland,TN

                About Me Power user

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                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Easy to use
                • Portable
                • Quiet

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Additional Storage
                  • Photo Storage
                  • Video

                  Comments about Western Digital 500GB My Passport for Mac USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive:

                  I grabbed this with my new MacBook w/retina display so I could fit my iTunes on the computer. It's plenty fast with the USB 3.0 and it make no noise. Also since it comes prepped for MAc it carries none of the space wasting extra software of a PC portable drive.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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                  5.0

                  Worked Perfectly

                  By Erick

                  from Bloomfield Hills, MI

                  About Me Power user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Easy to use
                  • Portable
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Additional Storage
                    • Backup
                    • File Transfer

                    Comments about Western Digital 500GB My Passport for Mac USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive:

                    Worked right out of the box with time Machine.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • Mac

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