Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Passport Studio (WDMT series/ WDBALG series/ WDBK8A series/ WDBS8P series)
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WD My Passport Studio 1TB Mac Portable External Hard Drive Storage...
Daniel W McNamara, Amazon
8 February 2013
Summary: I ordered this to augment/replace an older WD drive that was only 250MB, specifically because my Time Machine backups had eaten up all but 3.5MG of the available space. I'm using the firewire connection and all appears to be just fine. I'm afraid I don't know all the technical oohs and aahs, but this drive suits my purposes just fine. No complaints at all!
Summary: I used this device for backing up my MacBook pro hard drive. It is very convenient in size and feels like a very solid a device. I have several Western Digital drives that all perform very well. This one conveniently is powered from the Fire Wire cable allowing for remote use when a power plug is not readily available.
Don't buy Case Logic Case Logic QHDC-101 Case for this HD
Sabrina Huang "ca95125", Amazon
7 April 2012
Summary: The HD is solid, a bit heavy, well made quality and small. I bought this HD for video footage because it has FireWire 800 for my Mac. But this review is mainly to warn you don't buy the Case Logic QHDC-101 Portable EVA Hard Drive Case which was suggested under "Customer who bought this HD also bought . . ." but the case is too small for the HD. If you are looking to buy a case for this HD, the Case Logic PHDC-1 Portable Hard Drive Case (Magenta) would be better size.
Summary: I bought the W.D. My Passport 1T, specifically for use with my Mac Time machine. I received it within a week of purchase. It comes with USB and FireWire cables. There is no set up, it is ready to plug in out of the box and in no time the time machine was doing its backup. I have had this for 3 months now and have been very pleased with it.
Summary: I wish that I had realized this hard drive doesn't use the standard Mini-USB plug like most external hard drives use. Instead it's a Micro-USB plug which is just a tiny bit smaller (the same plug that charges my Droid cell phone). Unofrtunately it's a bit of a pain because I have dozens of Mini-USB plugs around and I'm constantly grabbing them, swapping them, etc.
Good for files, haven't figured out time machine yet
Ashley Sierra, Amazon
25 September 2010
Summary: I've only owned this a few weeks and have put little on it, but it works. I didn't plan on buying it for time machine backups, but when I tried the prompted time machine after pluging the thing in, my computer froze up. I haven't had time to figure it out yet though. But i'm not too worried.
Summary: with both of my usb ports on my 13" MacBook Pro already occupied by a pair of 500gb external drives, which both contained parts of my itunes library (yes, it's that big), it was quite a pain to sync my iPhone every few weeks (mostly temporarily copying a few videos over to the other drive...). In an effort to free up a USB port, I had no choice but to go Firewire. Mine came with the FW800, FW400, and USB cable.
Summary: I got this because I use both Mac and Windows operating systems and this device claims to be usable by both. Upon receiving it, I plugged it in with Mac OSX and it appeared as expected, then I formatted it to FAT32 so it could be read by both platforms. I put a bunch of files on it with Mac and it worked great and very fast with the Firewire 800 so I was nothing but pleased at this point. But I tried to use it with my XP laptop and it wouldn't show the drive.