Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Passport Studio (WDMT series/ WDBALG series/ WDBK8A series/ WDBS8P series)
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Great performance at a budget price
21 August 2013
Summary: This is a great, fast and reliable little external hard drive. Firewire adds so much speed and the portability is awesome. I bought the refurb model and saved even more. This is the best price I could find for such a great little hard drive. We travel a lot with these, in the US and overseas, and find WD to be one of our favorite brands. Highly recommend this brand and this product.
Summary: I bought that drive a few months ago when my storage needs got over control. I needed something small to hook-up to my laptop who act as a desktop replacement. I did not want a desktop drive, too much hasle, noise and wires. I recommand that drive to any MBP owner.
Summary: Speeds I achieved with this drive were about twice as fast via Firewire 800 as they were via USB2. That's all due to the interface and should be expected. Unless you're forced to use USB2 with this thing, use the FW800 instead.
Pros: Nice small drive
Cons: There really are no cons for the drive itself... But Windows 7 won't natively talk to this without either loading software for it or reformatting the drive. I sorta think that's unfortunate, since a Mac will read a Windows (NTFS or Fat32 drive) without any special software. You'd think Windows 7 would play nicer with Mac hardware...
Summary: The Passport Studio's three main features are it's storage capacity (in this case, 2 TB), it's metal enclosure and connectivity through both USB and Firewire 800. Since this drive is marketed for Macs (although Windows and other OS's can use it as well after reformatting), firewire connectivity in a portable drive is very attractive for those who need speed on the go (Macbook Pros and Desktop Macs all come with FW800).
Summary: My work bought this drive for me to do in-field ghost imaging. I have about... 500gb worth of high-quality images on this drive, and it still performs! Takes about 15 minutes to image a disc now, sometimes less!
Summary: I'm very satisfied with the Hard Drive in using it as the main drive replacing the old drive through the firewire cable. More than enough memory for my needs, silent, and doesn't heat up at all.
Summary: I fix stuff for a living, and I got sick of fiddling around with and tweaking computers long ago. I couldn't care less any more about computer hardware. Which is one reason I switched to Mac. I got this drive and opened the box. The instructions consisted of a very small 1 page pamphlet with a picture on it. I probably spent more time looking at the instructions in disbelief then it took me to "set it up." There is no set up. Just plug it in.
Summary: This drive is targeted specifically for Apple users and works perfectly. It comes formatted for mac, but according to the box you can reformat for windows, but includes no instructions how in the box. It is looks sort of like an iPhone but a bigger and heavier, but not too big or heavy so that you can pretty easily toss it in a bag or pocket.