I'm looking for a small, light and reliable portable 2.5" backup drive for my Apple MacBook Pro with USB-3 and 1TB capacity.
I was about to buy a Western Digital "My Passport Slim" or "My Passport Air" (both metal enclosures) but recently read that WD has the drive controller and USB interface in one board on the hard drive itself, and in addition if you remove the drive from its enclosure it can't be used anywhere else because of a firmware lock.
In other words: if the USB interface breaks you can't simply recover the data by moving the drive to another enclosure!
As most hard drive reviews only concentrate on design and performance and don't show what's inside, can anyone recommend me to external drives that don't have these limitations?
Edited by Gigabyte, 19 July 2014 - 06:07 AM.