Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Passport Studio (WDMT series/ WDBALG series/ WDBK8A series/ WDBS8P series)
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Disk crashed after 18 months
J. Woods "ArmchairShopper", Amazon
4 June 2015
Summary: I've always had good luck with my Western Digital purchases; unfortunately, this item has been the exception. About 18 months after purchase, this hard drive crashed. My mac utilities software would not recognize the disk at all.
If you have a new Mac, dont buy this port hard drive.
Jo "perfectlycharmed", Amazon
26 August 2013
Summary: If you are planning on using this on one of the new Macs, don't bother to spend the extra $ on firewire. The new Macs do not accept firewire only 3.0 USB. If using the USB cable on this hard drive it can only do 60 MB/s (480 Mbit/s)-Not the 800 firewire you are paying the extra money for.
Summary: Bought this to use between my macbook pro and mac pro and it simply does not work. Will detect and can read/write to it but frequently disconnects itself to the point where it is unusable (tried w/ and w/o the contained mac drivers). Cannot be used for time machine because it will eject itself.
Summary: My screen says "Videos O9". It doesn't tell me how much space is on it & doesn't let me change the "Videos 09" on the screen. The "smartware" app won't even open. Also, I can't lock it. There's only an option to unlock it and when I click that it tells me my drive is already unlocked.
Not as fast, even less compatable, and not reliable at all
Sandra "Sandra", Amazon
27 August 2010
Summary: This is my second WD My Passport Studio, I owned another one for about 3 months before finding a bad region around 200GB where data could not be written. I had to return and exchange for another one (because it was the only FW external hard drive in stock).
Summary: Pros: small form factor, very quiet, several cables provided, does not require power other than that provided by bus (i.e., USB or Firewire). Cons: incredibly slow data transfer - I'm doing a startup drive clone and it's been over four hours and the WD drive has only copied 15 GB of 179 GB on a 500...
Attractive, featherweight drive, but No Firewire Boot!
18 June 2009
Summary: I bought one of these but returned it after discovering it wouldn't boot my Mac via Firewire. I have owned a lot of Firewire drives, and this is the only one that would not boot a Mac. This is a show-stopping flaw in my opinion.
Summary: I ordered this primarily because of the faster FireWire interface & small size. FireWire connections do not work most of the time - I've tried using it on 2 desktop Macs & 2 MacBooks. The FireWire only worked on the laptops & then not all the time.
Summary: I was very happy with this drive, until after less than three months of light use, the Firewire port died. I tried both the 800/400 and 800/800 cables, on two different Macs, and neither machine mounts the drive. (Disk Utility doesn't see it, either.