Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Passport Studio (WDMT series/ WDBALG series/ WDBK8A series/ WDBS8P series)
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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: 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).
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: The product is very nice with one major flaw: It won't boot from the Firewire connector, forcing you to use the much slower USB port. Western Digital apparently acknowledges the problem, although it's hard to tell from their generic response: [...