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  • Complements your MacBook Air
  • Compatibility with Apple Time Machine
  • Password protection and hardware encryption
  • 3-year limited warranty worldwide
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Technical Details

Capacity: 500 GB
  • Hard Drive: 500 GB
  • Operating System: Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
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Product Details

Capacity: 500 GB
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 3.3 x 0.4 inches ; 5.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00CI3BIWQ
  • Item model number: WDBBLW5000AAL-NESN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 24, 2013

Product Description

Capacity: 500 GB

WD My Passport Air 500GB for Mac: Portable, USB 3.0, Ultra-Slim, All Metal Hard Drive (WDBBLW5000AAL-NESN)

My Passport Air Portable Hard Drive

My Passport Air, is an ultra-slim, all-metal portable drive designed to perfectly complement your MacBook Air. It offers the blazing speed of USB 3.0, password protection with hardware encryption, and compatibility with Apple Time Machine to back up your files. It's the ultra-slim, ultra-fast, ultra-safe portable drive for your creative life.

Award-winning design.
Lightweight, thin and winner of the international Red Dot award
for innovative design.

WD My Passport Air

Perfectly complements your Mac.
This drive is designed to complement your MacBook Air with its premium, aluminum enclosure that's as durable as it is beautiful.

WD My Passport Air

Protect and secure your files.
Back up your files quickly and easily with Apple Time Machine and secure them from prying eyes with WD Security that offers password protection and hardware encryption.

WD My Passport Air
My Passport Air

Ultra-slim, all-metal design - At just 11mm this ultra-slim, all-metal portable drive is thin and fast with plenty of capacity for your important digital content.

The perfect complement for your MacBook Air - The premium, anodized aluminum enclosure is the perfect complement for your MacBook Air.

Ultra-fast transfer rates - When connected to a USB 3.0 port, My Passport Air lets you access and save files in blazing speed. Reduce transfer time by up to 3 times when compared to USB 2.0 transfer rates.*

*Performance may vary based on user's hardware and system configuration.

Compatible with Apple Time Machine - Works with your Mac right out of the box and is compatible with Apple Time Machine for quick and easy backups.

USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility - With this single drive you get compatibility with the latest USB 3.0 devices and backward compatibility with USB 2.0 devices as well.

Durable enclosure protects the drive inside - We know your data is important to you. So we build the drive inside to our demanding requirements for durability, shock tolerance, and long-term reliability. Then, we protect the drive with a durable enclosure designed for beauty.

Secure your files - WD Security allows you to set password protection and hardware encryption for your drive to help protect your files from unauthorized use or access.

WD Drive Utilities software - Register your drive, set drive timer, run diagnostics and more using WD Drive Utilities.

USB-powered - Powered directly from the USB port on your Mac. No separate power supply is needed.

What's in the box
Portable storage, USB cable, WD Security software, WD Drive Utilities software, Quick Install Guide.

Compatibility
Formatted HFS+ Journaled for Mac OS X Mountain Lion, Lion, Snow Leopard, or Leopard
Requires reformatting for Windows operating system
Note: Compatibility may vary depending on user's hardware configuration and operating system.

Features at a glance

  • Ultra-slim, all-metal design
  • USB 3.0 interface
  • Complements your MacBook Air
  • Compatible with Apple Time Machine
  • Password protection and hardware encryption

My Passport Air

Ideal for

  • Transferring files in blazing-fast speed with USB 3.0
  • Connecting to the latest USB 3.0 devices
  • Backing up your files with Apple Time Machine
  • Adding extra storage for your videos, music, photos and files
  • Securing your files from unauthorized access with password protection and hardware encryption
  • Connecting and powering through your USB interface


Portable Storage for Mac
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My Passport Air My Passport Pro
Perfect for Stylish storage with an award-winning metal design. High-performance storage for creativity on the road.
Available colors Black Black
Connection USB 3.0, USB 2.0 Thunderbolt
Capacity range 500 GB - 1 TB 2 TB - 4 TB
High-capacity for all your photos, music and videos
Compatible with Apple Time Machine
Password protection
256 bit hardware encryption
All metal design
RAID 0/1
Integrated Thunderbolt cable
Can be used as a boot drive

Customer Reviews

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This is a good portable drive that is easy to recommend.
Michael Birman
The case is metal and has a solid feel to it that is impressive.
The Travelin' H-Family
Setup was really easy, and everything is working as it should.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Michael Birman TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 26, 2013
Size Name: 500 GB Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
I own many different Western Digital external and portable hard drives, my purchases of various WD models going back nearly 10 years. I use them for media storage and retrieval in a home network system. I use my external hard drives constantly so I place great demands upon them. I've had a good experience with Western Digital, for the most part, although a few drives have failed, much to my consternation. Because I make it a habit of backing-up every drive, data loss has been minimal. Hard drive failure can be a traumatic experience so I am now a bit cautious when using these drives. I've developed great respect for their fragility and I make it a point of carefully alternating their usage in order to reduce my demands upon them. One WD drive I've had great success with (knock wood) has been the My Passport series of portable drives. The WD My Passport Air 500GB Portable USB 3.0 Mac External Hard Drive has all of the attributes that I've found useful in the series:

1. a small footprint so they can be placed nearly anywhere.

2. extremely light in weight so that they have the near portability of a flash drive.

3. sturdily constructed, making it less stressful to carry them from place to place.

4. plug and play capability making usage easy.

5. no mandatory, nagging back-up apps that can interfere with normal usage.

6. Fast transfer speed, an especially important attribute when handling large media files.

The one aspect of this drive I find slightly problematic is that using it with Windows based PCs requires complete re-formatting rather than the installation of an app, a capability provided by some other manufacturers. Re-formatting results in the destruction of all the data on the drive so this is no small matter. Using the My Passport Air with my Mac has been easy and intuitive, similar to my experience with Windows based My Passport drives. This is a good portable drive that is easy to recommend.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Chuck Bittner TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 31, 2014
Size Name: 1 TB
If you're a Mac user you realize a lot of times Mac users pay more for our peripherals than PC users. Well with external hard drives any external hard drive can work with your Mac. This enables you to save a few dollars by buying a Windows formatted hard drive and then reformatting in disk utility on your Mac. I always recommend of that my family/friends purchased the biggest hard drive they can afford. Most computer users are all set with 1TB but 2TB is definitely a better investment in my opinion.

Buying this hard drive: WD My Passport Ultra 1TB Portable External USB 3.0 Hard Drive with Auto Backup - Black saves you $10 over a "Mac" version

This is an "portable" hard drive meaning all it needs is a USB plug into your computer to transfer the data and get power from. That means you don't have to plug in an AC adapter to your wall socket. I prefer these hard drives over the kind that require an AC adapter every time. This will also work with USB 2.0 adapters the speeds for 2.0 transfers are still fast enough for most users at about a gigabyte of data every 30 to 40 seconds. At the time of writing this review to terabyte drives or the highest capacity could find for a portable hard drive. If you want to get a 3 or 4TB hard drive those are the kind that require a wall AC adapter.

To reformat a non-Mac formatted hard drive follow these simple instructions below.

1. Plug in the the drive
2. Open up disk utility found in your applications folder inside the utilities folder
3. Next select the newly plugged in a drive and on the right-hand side you should see partition click on that.
4.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Donna on June 26, 2013
Size Name: 500 GB Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
The WD My Passport Air has a sleek design, is lightweight and small, close to the size of an iPhone 5 and about the same weight. This portable hard comes ready to be used with a MacBook running Mac OS X Lion or Mountain Lion with no need to install any software. There is only one small LED light on the side indicating the drive is on when plugged in.

I'm using this portable hard drive with an Apple MacBook Pro (Summer 2012). After attaching the portable to the MacBook, it didn't recognize it immediately, I had to restart the MacBook then the portable was visible and from there setup with Time Machine was breeze. It took about 40 minutes to backup 52 GB of data via the USB 3.0 port. During the backup the portable remained cool to the touch and quiet.

Testing the write/read speeds of the portable resulted in an average of a Write speed of 103.0 MB/s and Read speed of 105.1 MB/s using 5GB of data.

I've only had this portable for a several days but so far I'm happy with it.

Specs:
- USB 3.0 (5 Gb/s max transfer rate), compatible with USB 2.0.
- Anodized aluminum enclosure.
- Has WD security software on the drive so if needed, you could setup password protection and hardware encryption on your data.
- Compatible with Apple Time Machine.
- Powered through the USB cord.
- Optional software on the portable drive to register your drive, set drive timer and run diagnostics on the hard drive.
- Can be used with a Windows OS after reformatting the hard drive since this drive comes formatted in HFS+ for the MacBook.
- Height: 0.43 Inches (11 mm)
- Depth: 4.41 Inches (112 mm)
- Width: 3.27 Inches (83.0 mm)
- Weight: 0.35 Pounds (0.159 kg)
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