Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Passport Studio (WDMT series/ WDBALG series/ WDBK8A series/ WDBS8P series)
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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.
Pros: seems to be very strong and fast. In comparaison with a USB 2 drive it is really fast.
Cons: I bought one in Europe at the price of 110 euros (the 500GB) then I received by email a coupon from WD (I bought it directly on their website) offering me 20%, so because I have a second Mac, I wanted to buy a second drive, however in the meantime they in
Summary: My replacement works out of the box. The first unit bombed after about 20 minutes of operation. I am a little nervous to make this brand a priority investment. I will use it as a secondary back up until I get the confidence.
Pros: Easy To Setup, Easy to use, High Capacity, Portable