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WD My Passport for Mac 2TB Portable External Hard Drive Storage USB 3.0 (WDBZYL0020BSL-NESN)

WD My Passport for Mac 2TB Portable External Hard Drive Storage USB 3.0 (WDBZYL0020BSL-NESN)

My Passport for Mac features an ultra-fast USB 3.0 interface for blazing fast transfer rates. This sleek, portable drive is compatible with Apple Time Machine and is an ideal companion to your MacBook or MacBook Air.

  • Ultra-fast transfer rates with USB 3.0 interface
  • 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.
  • Password protection and hardware encryption
  • 3 years limited warranty

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Question by : Portable wireless storage solution.?
I have 4 computers in my office that are connected through wi-fi. n i dont want to store any sensitive information on any of these systems. i want to maintain a separate storage media (hard drive,etc) which will hold all my important data and i want this storage media to be wirelessly connected to all my PCs so that i can access the storage media from any of the system n store the necessary data.
please help!
PS : the storage media should be small n portable. around 10GB space is enough for me.

Best answer:

Answer by Frank S
You would need to network another computer so that all the computers can back up to and where you can transfer info, and then store it in a flash drive. Or check out this link, looks cool. Have never seen it before, but maybe something to look at.

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What customers say about WD My Passport for Mac 2TB Portable External Hard Drive Storage USB 3.0 (WDBZYL0020BSL-NESN)?

  1. 389 of 399 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    You can use any external hard drive with your Mac…., October 9, 2013
    Chuck Bittner “Disabled comedian & gamer!” (New England USA) –
    (TOP 500 REVIEWER)

    TIP: YOU CAN USE ANY EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE WITH A MAC AND DON’T NEED A “MAC COMPATIBLE” DRIVE. Amazon has a few cheaper drives if you look around. Be sure to buy the biggest drive you can afford as at some point you will need/want it. Be sure to check your price of the different sizes some are so close as to justify the up charge in price. At the time of writing the 1TBb drive was only $5 more than the 500GB drive so that is a no brainer.

    If you’re a Mac user setting up or erasing this hard drive up with your computer is super easy follow these steps. I never use software that comes with hard drives I just wipe them & use Time Machine.

    1. Plug in the hard drive
    2. Open up disk utility found in your applications folder inside the utilities folder
    3. Next select the newly plugged in a hard drive and on the right-hand side you should see partition click on that.
    4. Then inside that screen on the partition layout drop-down choose how many partitions you’d like to set up. I generally go with one partition and just use folders to organize my files.
    5. Then on the right-hand side you can name the partitions and select the format. If you want your hard drive to work with your Mac for doing Time Machine backups (which I highly recommend) choose Mac OS Extended. Sometimes it’s good to make two partitions and one using “MS-DOS fat” if you might be transferring files to and from a Windows machine. The reason is Windows machines and Max can read and write to the “MS-DOS fat” format but your files will need to be under 4 GB each as that’s the maximum file size it can hold.
    6. Then click apply and your Mac will create all the partitions you wanted and you’re good to go.

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  2. 99 of 103 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A great portable drive for new Macs!, July 25, 2013
    maxmasa31 “maxmasa31” (Honolulu, HI United States) –

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    In ten years, I’ve owned at least five external hard drives from Western Digital and have never had a problem with any of them. They’re reliable, well-made, and priced right. I’ve never had one die on me and the only reason I’ve owned so many is that they eventually can’t hold enough of my media! To this day, I still use the first 60 GB drive I bought for twice this price!

    The WD My Passport is a very compact, lightweight drive perfect for students or professionals. It’s not much larger than a deck of standard playing cards and weighs just a bit more. It uses a USB 3.0 interface, which allows for faster file transfer speeds, but you’ll need a computer with the right connection.

    How can you tell? Basically, if your Mac was purchased before June 2012, it most likely has the slower USB 2.0 ports. All NEW Macs, however, have USB 3.0 ports. If you’re not sure, another way to tell is if you look at your USB ports–if it’s blue, you’re good–if it’s white, it’s still USB 2.0. USB 3.0 is backwards compatible, though, so it’ll still work on a USB 2.0 port; you just won’t see the speed increase–it’ll transfer at USB 2.0 speeds. Also, USB 3.0’s theoretical speeds aren’t as fast as Apple’s ThunderBolt, but it’s the cheaper option. Still, it’s a huge speed difference over the older USB 2.0 standard. As an example, I transferred a 25 GB video file from my MacPro to the drive in under 5 minutes; my old USB 2.0 drive took 14.

    If you’re a Mac user, this drive comes formatted in HFS, so it’ll work for your right out of the box, no problems. If you’re a Windows user, you’ll have to reformat it to NTFS (or just buy the regular WD drive, which is usually cheaper and comes formatted for Windows). If you’re planning on going between the two platforms, however, you’ll need to format it in exFAT using a Windows computer. An exFAT drive will work on any Mac OS running Snow Leopard (10.6.5 ) or later, but you’ll need to install a driver for use on Linux. Another final option is to buy a third-party program, like Paragon for Mac, which allows users to write to NTFS volumes, or MacDrive for PC, which mounts HFS volumes.

    All the technobabble aside, this is a standard 5400 rpm external hard drive that’s great for shuttling around large files, and with the faster USB 3.0 speeds, is great for on-the-go editing of raw video footage in Final Cut on a Macbook Pro. For reliability, price, size, and convenience, it’s an easy five stars!


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  3. 84 of 88 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Looking, Speedy, Ultra Compact Drive, July 21, 2013
    Bruno (Atlanta, GA United States) –

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    I do a lot of coding work for my job and I need to constantly test my work on all major browsers and OS’s. I needed something with more room than a thumb drive, but still very light weight and portable. It also needed to be able to work on both OSX and Windows. This fits the bill perfectly. To get this drive to work on both operating systems, I had to format the drive as exFAT. Now it works nicely on my MacBook Pro and Windows 7-8 boxes.

    The drive is very tiny around the same size as my iPhone. Specifically though it is actually just 1/4″ shorter in length than my iPhone and about 3/4″ wider than iphone. It’s actually slightly lighter in weight compared to iphone as well. All of this to say… it’s lightweight, small and portable… small enough for your pocket even.

    The unit is completely made out of plastic, but it has a very good looking and sturdy design. USB3 is obviously not as fast as thunderbolt, but it has sufficient speed for my needs. I also have no current windows boxes with a thunderbolt port on the motherboard, so I was trying to avoid that connection type.

    I have owned a multitude of Western Digital internal and external drives over the years. I am partial to their brand, because they are long lasting very reliable drives. I am sure this one will not disappoint over time either. If you are looking for a nice looking, tiny-portable drive for OSX (even windows boxes) this is a solid choice to put on your radar.


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