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    Question about USB drive compatibility

    I am looking to use an external HDD for my backups, and have come across a couple problems. I originally tried to use a Magnetic Data Technologies (Western Digital) 250 GB drive (Model MD02500-BLBW) which was not recognized in either CFG Loader or USB Loader GX in multiple external drive enclosures. I am look at getting a Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex portable drive, however I did not see the drive listed on the USB compatibility list at USB Devices Compatibility List - WikiTemp. I see that the FreeAgent GO works, however the FreeAgent PRO did not. My understanding is that the GoFlex is the newer version of the GO drive, so my question is, should this drive work as the GO?

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    Doing some research on the drive, the difference is that it's the same drive as the GO, except that it's jsut a drive, with the ability to add a new interface to go to USB2, USB3, FireWire, etc. depending on the cable used.
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    Personally id go with a WD elements/passport or Iomega they seem to perform well and the WD retail for around 50 for a 1TB Iomega are cheap as well


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    I've read that the usb3.0 drives won't work. I use a WD My passport portable 1TB drive. Had issues of sorts with older cIOS revisions, but that is fixed now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by namyarb3 View Post
    I've read that the usb3.0 drives won't work. I use a WD My passport portable 1TB drive. Had issues of sorts with older cIOS revisions, but that is fixed now.
    Yeah id stick with USB2.0 for now thats got the best compatibility like naymarb3 says


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    Quote Originally Posted by namyarb3 View Post
    I've read that the usb3.0 drives won't work. I use a WD My passport portable 1TB drive. Had issues of sorts with older cIOS revisions, but that is fixed now.
    I don't know if it is true, but somebody posted of USB 3.0 drives working only if you do a full WBFS format, or was that a 3GB, usb 3.0?

    What format is your usb 3.0 hdd?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stomp_442 View Post
    I don't know if it is true, but somebody posted of USB 3.0 drives working only if you do a full WBFS format, or was that a 3GB, usb 3.0?

    What format is your usb 3.0 hdd?
    I must have been misunderstood. I have a 2.0 drive. But, to answer your question, it is 32gb of FAT32, and the rest is WBFS(like 901gb, or somethin)

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    Like I have posted in a few other threads, I have seen zero sucess stories with the USB 3.0 feature. Weather it's USB 2.0/3.0 (WD Passports) or USB 3.0 "upgradeable" (Seagate) with a cable (both). I had one once and had trouble even formatting it with WBFS Manager so I skipped the trouble and took it back the same day. Then got my hands on WD Passport 320 GB USB 2.0 only and it was flawless. Also since then I have had a few 500 GB Passports USB 2.0 only and haven't had any issues (except the recognition thing with two very similar WD drives using WBFS Manager and Win7). But also seen a possible resolve for the similar drive issue I have yet to test....but I would stick to USB 2.0 until the new format is proven compatible. Or at least until someone makes up a guide on how to set it up, or what cIOS to use with them. I'd just get the 2.0 while they still exist though as the 3.0 is making its way mainstream! I support WD Passports til the end, as they haven't let me down yet!
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    I ended up getting a WD Passport, which is working great!

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