Remember when Mac computers only had USB 2.0 ports? Well, now that the 2012 MacBook Air and Pro models include USB 3.0 ports, your choice is no longer limited to just USB 2.0 or Thunderbolt external hard drives, which usually display a huge disparity in terms of storage space and price. Now, you can use the Western Digital My Passport for Mac. Available in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB variants, The Western Digital My Passport for Mac is factory formatted for use with Mac computers, and thanks to its HFS+ journaled format, the drive is compatible with Apple Time Machine so you can make quick, easy and secure backups of your important files.
The Western Digital My Passport for Mac features a compact form factor. Built for quick access and portability, the drive is a fitting accessory for your MacBook Pro or Air since it weighs only 0.3 of a pound and barely adds any bulk to your backpack or laptop bag. Because it’s powered by the USB cable, the drive doesn’t require an AC adapter and can be used in places when there is no AC power.
USB 3.0 can transfer data about 10 times faster than USB 2.0; USB 2.0 maxes out at 480 Mbps while USB 3.0 pushes the rate up to 5 Gbps. To illustrate the difference in speed, a USB 3.0 port can transfer a full-length high-definition movie in less than 5 minutes, while a USB 2.0 port takes almost 14 minutes. While using a USB 3.0 port is recommended, the Western Digital My Passport for Mac is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0, but you won’t experience the same data-transfer rates with USB 2.0 as you would with USB 3.0.
The Western Digital My Passport for Mac also comes with Western Digital Security, which allows you to set password protection and hardware encryption to your external hard drive in order to prevent unauthorized use or access. This ensures that all your Time Machine backups, as well as your important files and data, stay safe and secure.
If you want to troubleshoot the Western Digital My Passport for Mac, you can use the included Western Digital Drive Utilities to run diagnostics. The utilities also let you register your drive (for warranty purposes), set a drive timer and more. The Western Digital My Passport for Mac is also covered with a Western Digital 2-year limited warranty.
Overall, the Western Digital My Passport for Mac is a fast, reliable USB 3.0 portable external hard drive that works well with your 2012 MacBook Air and Pro models.
|Capacity||500GB; 1TB; 2TB|
|Sustained Data Transfer Rate||USB 3.0: 5 Gb/s (Max.)
USB 2.0: 480 Mb/s (Max.)
|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
|Power Requirements||USB Powered|
|Environmental Requirements||Operating temperature: 41 - 95°F / 5 - 35°C
Non-op. temperature: -4 - 149°F / -20 - 65°C
|Dimensions||500GB and 1TB Dimensions: 0.60 x 4.35 x 3.23" / 15 x 111 x 82mm
2TB Dimensions: 0.82 x 4.36 x 3.24" / 21 x 111 x 82mm
|Weight||500GB and 1TB: 0.30 lb / 0.14 kg
2TB: 0.51 lb / 0.23 kg