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Western Digital My Passport Studio (WDMT series/ WDBALG series/ WDBK8A series/ WDBS8P series)
6.4 out of 10

Western Digital My Passport Studio (WDMT series/ WDBALG series/ WDBK8A series/ WDBS8P series)

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Overall 8
8.0

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.
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Overall 8
8.0

good

Moneera Ghassan, Amazon
8 January 2013
  • Summary: I like it , I think it not easy to use , and the application not work in my laptop 64 bit windows 7 ,but work in my PC 32.bit windows 7.
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Overall 8
8.0

Decent Backup Drive for Mac

Joseph G., Newegg
9 November 2012
  • Summary: This Western Digital My Passport Studio 2 TB drive was used with a MacBook 2.4 GHz Intel Core Duo CPU/2GB 1067 MHz DDR3 Memory/250 GB HD/Mac OSX 10.6 laptop. Backup was attempted with a Windows 7 machine.
  • Pros: 1. Compact good looking case. This is an attractive unit for sitting on your desk or to take with you. 2. Large storage capacity. 2 TB drive provides lots of capacity. 3. Powered by USB or FireWire connection to computer. No separate AC power needed. 4. Drive has one USB 2.0 and two FireWire 800 ...
  • Cons: 1. Windows and Mac OSs cannot be handled on the same drive. You must pick one or the other. Default is Mac. You must use the Western Digital website if you want the drive to be used for Windows backup. You need to format part or all of the drive as FAT32 to be able to backup Windows. 2. Print cop...
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Overall 8
8.0

Great drive with a USB 2.0 caveat

Justin B., Newegg
31 October 2012
  • Summary: Would have preferred USB 3.0 to be included, so I docked one egg for that. Screws holding the enclosure together are super tiny - hope you have a small screwdriver - my security bit set didn't have one small enough, but I managed to use a super tiny flathead to get the screws out.
  • Pros: Comes pre-formatted for my MacBook Pro. Works flawlessly with Time Machine. Very nice external case. Made out of a hard metal that could probably take a few whacks with a bat. It's laptop-sized, so it'll fit in a bag real easy. 2 TB gives you plenty of space for anything that you can throw on it....
  • Cons: USB 2.0 speeds are the usual max for USB 2.0 - about 25-30 MB/s from my unofficial methods (1 minute, 55 seconds for my same 3.5GB Win8 ISO). USB 2.0 is really a shame for this drive. I assume it's that way for technology/space saving reasons. Included USB 2.0 & Firewire 800 cables are super shor...
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Overall 8
8.0

Cross Platform Mac / PC portable HDD nice!

Steven T., Newegg
24 October 2012
  • Summary: I really like the size and build quality of the My Passport Studio drives. They are really built strong and look like they can take some abuse if you are using it to transfer files and will be carrying it around.
  • Pros: I reviewed the 500GB My passport and found it to be a great little external drive that made working between my Mac and PC pretty easy. I was able to transfer files between the two platforms and it was fairly quick with the firewire 800 connection on the Mac. The 2TB version is a whole lot more of...
  • Cons: The cables are really short. Could be longer. The LED light is made so it makes a pattern like a flashlight on the wall. Easily fixed with a bit of black electrical tape. USB2 is so slooooowwwwww.......I am used to faster connections and USB3 is now the standard. This drive is perfect for those w...
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Overall 8
8.0

Well-built portable HDD that's compatible with PC.

Matthew M., Newegg
19 October 2012
  • Summary: I really don't have that many bad things to say about this product. It simply works as advertised. PC users will probably want to steer clear as it's certainly optimized for the Mac (Firewire 800 but no USB 3.0), however the drive does play nice with the PC if you need it to.
  • Pros: While this portable drive is meant for Mac systems, it does work fine on the PC (requires formatting). All my testing was performed on the PC as I no longer have any Mac systems running in my home. I connected this drive to my primary PC via the USB 2.0 port and it was detected immediately. Once ...
  • Cons: Being that I'm using this drive on the PC, I had to acquire all the software from WD's website. The software is actually included on the drive, but since I had to format it all the data was lost. Not a huge deal, but this is something you have to keep in mind if you're buying this drive for the P...
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Overall 8
8.0

Great for backing up

G. Hoadley, Amazon
24 July 2012
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

Love it but not a fan of non-standard ports

Allen Ellis, Amazon
11 November 2011
  • 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).
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Overall 8
8.0

great speeds, wish there were a 1tb option

iPod maniac, Amazon
24 September 2010
  • 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...).
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Overall 8
8.0

where's the firewire?

Kim Laughlin, Amazon
2 August 2010
  • Summary: I like the hardrive but I can't get a cable to utilize the empty firewire ports. The drive works very well on USB but slows the machine a little
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