Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Passport Studio (WDMT series/ WDBALG series/ WDBK8A series/ WDBS8P series)
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Drive Failure Out of the Box
11 October 2012
Summary: One has to wonder about the quality control at Western Digital. I purchased a brand new My Passport Studio 1 Tb. and hooked it up to my brand new MacBook Pro with Lion system software. Installed the WD Drive Utilities and the WD Security add ons that came loaded on the drive.
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17 August 2011
Summary: I've had one of these drives for about 18 months and bought it for a back-up drive for my Macbook Pro - it recently flaked out. The USB and FireWire interfaces that WD use seem to be particularly prone to fail on the Mac and reading the forums of the back-up utility, SuperDuper, the FireWire fails...
Summary: I have a WD My Passport Studio 500GB P/N WD5000MT-00 2009A - Version V8.17. It has FW800 and USB 2 ports in a silver case and sliding access door. I purchased the drive to hold various backup images (like OS X 10.6.x Snow Leopard and 10.5 Leopard) -- and, to smooth my transition to 10.7 Lion.
Summary: The hard drive was essentially dead on arrival. Both of my Mac OS X computers would repeatedly fail to read and write to the hard drive. Using Disk Utility, I attempted to verify the disk, but the system reported back as the disk being fine.
Summary: The sole purpose of having a hard drive is to have a reliable storage device...I am reading where MANY owners out there have the same problem, it works for 3 months to a year then suddenly its dead. Well I disassembled mine and found out why.
Pros: - AES Encryption Feature
Cons: - Drives DIE within a year so say bye-bye to your data!
Summary: I have several USB-only Passport drives from Western Digital, and they have all worked well. This time I saw that one was available with not just USB 2.0, but also Firewire 400 and Firewire 800 connections, for only a slightly greater price, so I got it.
Summary: This external hard drive worked well for 6 months. I started a backup yesterday with time machine but had to quit before the backup completed...now I have an incomplete backup on this hard drive that I CANNOT delete for some reason and no more space left to do a fresh backup.
Summary: Be aware, this unit is NOT FULLY FIREWIRE COMPLIANT. The unit will connect and transfer files but you CANNOT BOOT FROM THIS DRIVE. After several hours of work with multiple machines and various versions of OSX, I discovered on the web that there are some FireWire drives that cannot be used as boot...
Summary: I recently purchased this Passport Studio ("Passport III") in the 320 GB size and had trouble with it freezing during heavy write activity over Firewire 800. I tested it extensively and found it always froze before being able to fill the drive when using FW800, but did not freeze when reading or...