Going to finally start using TM. Been looking at Western Digital, but I'm open to any suggestions.
First question is do I really need to get their "Mac" version? I think the answer is no.
Second question is can I use the smaller footprint "Passport" vs the "My Book"? The Passport doesn't need external power, but my concern is will it over heat being "on" all the time being hooked up to TM.
I agree with MacBozo - I've always avoided WD drives. Seagate have a much longer proven track record.
You do NOT need the "Mac version" - you're just paying extra to have the drive pre-formatted. Buy the cheaper one and format it yourself with Disk Utility. You'll probably miss out on any pre-installed software, but that's usually Windows-only stuff anyway.
As far as the USB-powered vs. external power depends on your use. If you're leaving it plugged-in to a laptop all the time, you're going to drain the battery fast. If it's plugged-in to a desktop, it's not that big a deal, but then why not just get the powered one to begin with.
The external power drives are going to be more reliable in the long run. Especially when you consider what you're using it for - backing-up your valuable data.
If you're just using it for ocassional backups or transporting files, then the USB-powered drives are probably fine.
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So when I get the drive I guess I need to use Disk Utility to format (what format? Journaled?) then I was thinking of partitioning.........My iMac is 320GB but I'm only using 99GB and really don't see it growing significantly any time soon. Was thinking of 320GB 180GB split, using 320 for TM and just having the 180 available for ????? not sure what, will TM handle everything?
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