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Apple was slow to adopt USB 3, but now that it’s here, Verbatim’s Store ’n’ Go USB 3.0/FireWire 800 for Mac lets you harness the faster USB 3 transfers, while also packing FireWire 800 and backward compatibility for USB 2.