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: There has got to be an issue with this particular model. Maybe the chipset is junk. Regardless, stay away from this particular model and invest in the desktop version instead if you plan to go with Western Digital.
Pros: In theory this should be an excellent drive and for a while it was. Small, light, FW800 fast, and the e-label is handy.
Cons: After only about 2 weeks of owning this drive I began experiencing problems. I am a filmmaker and used the drive to dump large amounts of footage after several shoots. At first it was great. The firewire 800 really made things fast. However, I soon began to experience the drive randomly disconnec...
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.