Obsolete Mac hard drive; only works with my desktop
Joseph L., Newegg
9 November 2012
Summary: I don't have a Mac, but I have a Vizio Ultrabook with an anodized aluminum unibody very similar to the Macbook Pro's and this hard drive, so I thought it would be cool to have a matching external hard drive to go with it. My ultrabook doesn't have any USB 2.0 ports. It only has 2 USB 3.0 ports, but I assumed the USB 2.0 hard drive would still be backwards compatible with the USB 3.0 ports and would just run at USB 2.0 speeds. Nope.
Pros: The build quality is amazing. There is no plastic to be found on this thing. The case is made of anodized aluminum. It can definitely take a beating. Dual FireWire 800 ports mean that those who still have computers with FireWire 800 can take advantage of FireWire's daisy-chaining abilities, but the pros end there.
Cons: This hard drive is dated. It's only USB 2.0, and while there isn't much of a difference between USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 transfer speeds (because the RPM is the real bottleneck) I would still prefer USB 3.0. USB 3.0 is faster than FireWire, FireWire has been replaced with ThunderBolt, and as of 2012 even Apple does not put FireWire ports on any of their new devices. FireWire is essentially dead and obsolete. For people who are heavily invested in FireWire 800 equipment, wh...
Average drive for Macs, but not a good USB solution
Aaron M., Newegg
30 October 2012
Summary: Its load times for large programs were mediocre, which is odd, considering this drive is marketed to production professionals who likely want as much speed as possible.
Pros: I love being able to use this drive's generous 1TB of storage without the need for a separate power adapter. A few years ago, that wasn't really an option; you were confined to something bulky and fragile with several cables going in various directions.
Cons: Unfortunately, what makes this drive so quiet and reliable also hampers it. The 5400 RPM Scorpio Blue with its 8MB cache is nothing to brag about. Using the antiquated USB 2.0 connection with both my PC and Mac Pro, USB read speeds were less than half those of Firewire 800 (about 29 MB/s read vs. 67 MB/s read), and even the Firewire speeds were exceedingly average.
Cons: There really are no cons for the drive itself... But Windows 7 won't natively talk to this without either loading software for it or reformatting the drive. I sorta think that's unfortunate, since a Mac will read a Windows (NTFS or Fat32 drive) without any special software. You'd think Windows 7 would play nicer with Mac hardware...
Western Digital My Passport Studio 1 TB Hard Drive for Macintosh
Michael R., Newegg
24 October 2012
Pros: Stylish all aluminum two tone case. Very hefty for it’s size. Has both a USB 2.0 port and dual Firewire 800 ports so other Firewire compatibles can also be hooked up at the same time. Has a good 3 year warranty, and solid customer support from Western Digital. Formatted HFS+ for Mac Operating Systems and includes WD security and encryption software. Can be used with Apple Time Machine. Can be used by a standard Windows PC if reformatted. No wall wart needed, powers co...
Cons: Really needs to be USB 3.0 instead of 2.0, but that’s just being nitpicky on my part. The end of the USB cable that does into the drive is a Micro USB B-male. This is kind of an oddball cable not used on many things, but if you desire a longer cable, NewEgg does carry cables with this end that will work.
Summary: This drive is perfect for those who have older systems that don't have USB3. Anyone with USB3 connections would be well advised to get a USB3 My Passport drive. Or if you don't care about access speed on a PC, then this is the drive you should get.
Pros: I reviewed the 500GB My passport and found it to be a great little external drive that made working between my Mac and PC pretty easy. I was able to transfer files between the two platforms and it was fairly quick with the firewire 800 connection on the Mac.
Cons: The cables are really short. Could be longer. The LED light is made so it makes a pattern like a flashlight on the wall. Easily fixed with a bit of black electrical tape. USB2 is so slooooowwwwww.......I am used to faster connections and USB3 is now the standard.
Well-built portable HDD that's compatible with PC.
Matthew M., Newegg
19 October 2012
Summary: No USB 3.0 support. While this drive is targeted at Mac users, I still think WD should have included a USB 3.0 interface. USB 2.0 is painfully slow when backing up a large amount of data.
Pros: While this portable drive is meant for Mac systems, it does work fine on the PC (requires formatting). All my testing was performed on the PC as I no longer have any Mac systems running in my home. I connected this drive to my primary PC via the USB 2.0 port and it was detected immediately. Once I formatted the drive, I was then able to start copying files over to it. Doesn't get much easier than that.
Cons: Being that I'm using this drive on the PC, I had to acquire all the software from WD's website. The software is actually included on the drive, but since I had to format it all the data was lost. Not a huge deal, but this is something you have to keep in mind if you're buying this drive for the PC.
Pros: It did not take me long to love this Drive, The all aluminum case did it for me! and the 1000 GB capacity. It looks and feels indestructible.I mean its solid aluminum all around. The cables are thick nice quality, you get a FireWire 800 and a USB 2.0 and will work with FireWire 400 at your expense. It has a blue activity led that is not overwhelming.The drive comes Preformatted with HFS+ for Mac OS but can be reformatted to NTFS for Windows users,but remember its USB ...
Cons: The only con i could think of is that its USB 2.0 and not USB 3.0...but this is a External Drive for Mac Users so in that regard there are definitely no cons. I absolutely love this Drive, Like I said the all aluminum case is so nice, and black and silver matches Macbooks perfectly.