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I have a Western Digital My Passport (external hard drive) and I had been using it to back up my Windows XP machine. The XP machine's hard drive crashed, so now I am left with the My Passport drive.

Will I be able to load My Passport onto a Windows 7 machine? What about a Mac? Does anyone have any experience with this? Was it a bad idea to use the Western Digital My Passport software?

Any input would be great. Thanks!

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You won't have any trouble reading the drive using a Windows 7 machine.

You shouldn't have any trouble reading the drive on a Mac either. If the drive was formatted using FAT32, which is likely the default, a Mac can read and write just fine to it. If it's formatted NTFS, which is the Windows standard, it should be able to read, but not write.

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Macs should read NTFS fine; you may need additional software to write to it. see this answer for more: superuser.com/questions/53633/… –  quack quixote Oct 15 '09 at 16:49
    
I actually found a similar question at the same time, and updated the answer to reflect that. –  Will Eddins Oct 15 '09 at 16:50
    
But does "My Passport" store the data in its own compressed format? I am afraid that the crappy "My Passport" software will need to be compatible with the OS in order to read the data. Anyone have experience with this? –  joe Oct 15 '09 at 18:15
    
It's very doubtful. I've never used the software myself, but I'd expect it to just be copying data straight over to the drive. If anything, it'd compress it into a known format, such as .zip. I see no reason why they'd reinvent the wheel just to prevent compatibility. –  Will Eddins Oct 15 '09 at 19:42

I found that my Western Digtal Passport WDXMS2500 is NOT compatible with Windows 7...I don't know why exactly. But it cannot connect...and who knows if it ever will.

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That's not possible, unless you've encrypted the WD Passport. –  harrymc Oct 27 '09 at 17:35
    
According to WD tech support it will not work under Win 7 at this time. I didn't encrypt it either. Not sure what kind of magic they do on those drives...but I have moved to from Vista to Vista box with no problem but it does not work on two Win 7 machines I've tried to use. –  webjedi Oct 27 '09 at 20:06
    
link to Discussion on subject...starts off during beta but last post was recent...still problems. i.nconspicuo.us/2009/02/05/… –  webjedi Oct 27 '09 at 20:35
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It seems quite unbelievable that an external USB drive would need special (non-generic) drivers. My own WD Passport works very well on Win7. –  harrymc Oct 28 '09 at 10:36
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Just got around to rebuilding this machine...and this go around it worked without a hitch...go figure. –  webjedi Nov 3 '09 at 15:42

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