Summary: When I opened the package up the first thing I thought was "Wow is this thing pretty". It's very sturdy with a metal case that looks and feels great. Best of all, it does not have an external power supply. It runs off the USB power which I really like. I found the drive to be well built, fast, and quiet. It stays cool to the touch as well. It's a bit bigger and heavier than some other slim portable drives, but it's much sturdier.
Summary: I got this external hard drive as a good balance between affordable price and portability. So far it's been working fine. The unit is not much heavier than my 60 GB travel drive. The Firewire cable transfer is pretty quick. It transferred around 400 GB in under 2.5 hours. The WD software isn't excessive, but it is useful, including password protection. Finally, as a nice touch, the WD drive is designed for Macs and the aesthetics fit right next to a Mac.
Perfect design, amazing capacity, fairly good speeds.
H. Kathem, Amazon
12 August 2012
Summary: I wanted a portable hard drive with large capacity because I have had it with power-supplied hard drives (bulky and needs power source) so I took my time looking around websites and reading reviews. I was about to go for Western Digital My Passport 2 TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive -WDBY8L0020BBKNESN (Black) but then I found a link for this one and since money wasn't an issue plus the advantage of having Firewire connection, I also thought this would look better to go...
Summary: I have used several WD products in the past. I was looking for a hard disk to backup my aging overpriced mac book pro. I did not plan on waiting for hours so I was excited to realize that this product comes with a FireWire 800 support. The drive also has USB 2.0 support and both the cables are provided in the box. Both these cables are very short in lenght. Approximately 6 inches.
Summary: I use this as a Time Machine back up for two different Macs. One of these is an Air, so the USB interface is the only option, but when I can use the FireWire on the Pro, it really flies. The case is solid metal and feels very substantial. It's noticeably thicker than my other Passport. I don't leave it plugged in so I can't tell if it has any issues with wake/sleep on the Macs, but I've never had a hard drive that didn't occasionally flake out...
Summary: Bought My Passport Studio 500 GB Firewire drive as a Time Machine backup disk for my year-old IMac. It was amazingly easy to set up -- literally plug and play. The first 70 GB backup took under an hour, and I'm not even aware of the ongoing updates when they occur. Other reviewers complained about the drive's flashing blue light, but since I mainly use my computer in daylight that, too, hasn't been a problem.