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WD My Passport Studio 1TB Portable Hard Drive

  • High capacity in a compact design, Two fast FireWire 800 ports
  • All metal enclosure
  • Compatible with Apple Time Machine
  • Password protection and hardware encryption
  • 3-year limited warranty worldwide
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Learn more about the Western Digital WDBK8A0010BBK-NESN

Model

Brand
WD
Series
My Passport Studio
Model
WDBK8A0010BBK-NESN
Type
External

Performance

Capacity
1TB

Physical Spec

Form Factor
2.5"

Configuration

Interface
USB 2.0 / Firewire800

Features

Features
Dimension: 5" x 3.3" x 0.9"
Weight: 0.68 lbs.

FireWire 800 ports

Precision aluminum enclosure

WD Security

WD Drive Utilities

Formatted for Mac

Compatible with Apple Time Machine

No power adapter required

WD quality inside and out

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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3 out of 5 eggsObsolete Mac hard drive; only works with my desktop

This review is from: WD My Passport Studio 1TB Portable Hard Drive

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, who want a FireWire hard drive that will daisy chain to their other FireWire equipment, this is perfect. For everyone else...meh.

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. The ultrabook won't even recognize it, and since the ultrabook doesn't have any USB 2.0 ports, it's completely incompatible with it. It still works on my desktop's USB 2.0 ports, but this makes it impossible to use it to transfer files to and from my ultrabook and other computers. Bummer. As more and more computers ditch USB 2.0 altogether in the wake of USB 3.0, this drive is going to become completely antiquated and useless.

Although I kind of like the aluminum casing, this thing is thick and heavy. That's the trade-off. Since the whole point of a portable drive is for it to small, light, and portable, the heavier design is somewhat impractical. I like it, but for the college student or professional who wants a portable drive to carry around everywhere, the extra weight can become a burden.

Other Thoughts: This drive comes pre-formatted in HFS+ for Macs. For Mac users, this is great, since the market is flooded with NTFS formatted hard drives, and it makes the drive compatible with TimeMachine and other Mac features right out of the box. PC users will have to format the drive though, and unfortunately it's not as simple as right click>format. Your computer will recognize it in Device Manager, but it won't even show up as a drive under My Computer. To get it working, you'll need to go into Disk Management where it will be recognized as unallocated space. Simply click it and tell it to create a "New Simple Volume." Follow the instructions from there to format the drive.

Manufacturer Response:

We appreciate your feedback and apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced with the My Passport Studio, as this is not the typical or intended experience with the product. When formatting a drive that is intended for use on a Mac specifically, initialization, formatting and partitioning the device will in fact be necessary to utilize on a Windows system. Please visit the following link for further information related to this procedure.
http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1018
Although the device is intended for use with a Mac, and is provided with USB 2.0 and Firewire, which are native Mac technologies, until recently the Mac systems did not provide support for USB 3.0 exclusively. For a USB 3.0 Mac hard drive, you will want to consider one of the following drives, or the alternative Passports with USB 3.0
http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=910
http://www.wdc.com/en/products/external/portable/
Is there anything we can do for you at this time? You may contact us at 1 (800) 275-4932, or via our support website at: http://support.wdc.com/rs/. Please indicate within the online case creation or with the first support agent you speak with, that you are responding to a Newegg review, so we route you and your information to the correct team members.

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3 out of 5 eggsAverage drive for Macs, but not a good USB solution

This review is from: WD My Passport Studio 1TB Portable Hard Drive

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.

The WD software is light and seems to have adequate features, including WD Utility and WD Security. Most of these features are already available with Windows 7 and OS X, however.

The build quality is also excellent. It has a lovely anodized aluminum case and weighs about 3/4 lb. It's also quiet and reliable thanks to the 2.5" (laptop) form factor Scorpio Blue drive inside.

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.

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.

Other Thoughts: This drive really ought to utilize USB 3.0. Neglecting to include this was a major oversight on WD's part and a major disadvantage for PC users. My Passport Studio's overall speed handicap makes it difficult to recommend.

Manufacturer Response:

We appreciate your feedback and apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced with the My Passport Studio, as this is not the typical or intended experience with the product. When formatting a drive that is intended for use on a Mac specifically, initialization, formatting and partitioning the device will in fact be necessary to utilize on a Windows system. Please visit the following link for further information related to this procedure.
http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1018
Although the device is intended for use with a Mac, and is provided with USB 2.0 and Firewire, which are native Mac technologies, until recently the Mac systems did not provide support for USB 3.0 exclusively. For a USB 3.0 Mac hard drive, you will want to consider one of the following drives, or the alternative Passports with USB 3.0
http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=910
http://www.wdc.com/en/products/external/portable/
We will forward your recommendations related to the USB 3.0 interface to our product development team for further consideration and review, as suggestions such as yours are great feedback to future improvements.
Is there anything we can do for you at this time? You may contact us at 1 (800) 275-4932, or via our support website at: http://support.wdc.com/rs/. Please indicate within the online case creation or with the first support agent you speak with, that you are responding to a Newegg review, so we route you and your information to the correct team members.

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5 out of 5 eggsWestern Digital My Passport Studio 1 TB Hard Drive for Macintosh

This review is from: WD My Passport Studio 1TB Portable Hard Drive

Pros: Stylish all aluminum two tone case. Very hefty for it’s size. Has both a USB 2.0 port and dual Firewire 800 ports so other Firewire compatibles can also be hooked up at the same time. Has a good 3 year warranty, and solid customer support from Western Digital. Formatted HFS+ for Mac Operating Systems and includes WD security and encryption software. Can be used with Apple Time Machine. Can be used by a standard Windows PC if reformatted. No wall wart needed, powers completely off the USB 2.0 or Firewire Bus. Includes a rather short USB 2.0 cable, and a Firewire 800 cable, so you don’t really need to buy any extras. Has about 931GB of free space. The included WD software takes up very little space on the drive itself. Western Digital tech support is right up to snuff. I had to ask a couple of questions, so I used their email support. I heard back in less than 24 hours and got the answers I needed. Not too shabby. Western Digital also has a support forum as well and they encourage their product users to join the forum.

Cons: Really needs to be USB 3.0 instead of 2.0, but that’s just being nitpicky on my part. The end of the USB cable that does into the drive is a Micro USB B-male. This is kind of an oddball cable not used on many things, but if you desire a longer cable, NewEgg does carry cables with this end that will work.

Other Thoughts: If you are looking for the Cadillac of external hard drives to use with your Mac, you have found it in this drive. It’s very stylish, heavy, and contains a rugged, proven drive. The drive in the enclosure is a WD Scorpio Blue, 2.5”, 5400 RPM drive with 8MB Cache. I have one of these exact same drives in an external USB 3.0 enclosure I use for PC.
As far as transfer speeds. Moving a 21GB video file to the drive took about 7 minutes using the Firewire 800 connection on my Mac notebook. Use the USB 2.0 connection took almost 18 minutes for the same file. Benchmark speeds would put that in the 30 MB/s read and 29 MB/s write in USB 2.0, and around 69 MB/s read and 64 MB/s write in Firewire, which is well within the specs for those two standards. In short, if you need a reliable backup drive for your Macbook that looks stylish on your desk, and gets the job done, this is the drive for you. The warranty from WD is good, the support is there, and the product works. If you are looking to use this drive on a Windows PC, be prepared to format the drive, but there are other options out there that will work better for a Windows PC. In short, this is a good solid offering for a Mac notebook owner/user, and well worth the investment. A solid 5 Egg performer.

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5 out of 5 eggsMy Passport Studio

This review is from: WD My Passport Studio 1TB Portable Hard Drive

Pros: It did not take me long to love this Drive, The all aluminum case did it for me! and the 1000 GB capacity. It looks and feels indestructible.I mean its solid aluminum all around. The cables are thick nice quality, you get a FireWire 800 and a USB 2.0 and will work with FireWire 400 at your expense. It has a blue activity led that is not overwhelming.The drive comes Preformatted with HFS+ for Mac OS but can be reformatted to NTFS for Windows users,but remember its USB 2.0 not 3.0 It comes with WD Utility, WD Security,and has a 3 Year Warranty.

Cons: The only con i could think of is that its USB 2.0 and not USB 3.0...but this is a External Drive for Mac Users so in that regard there are definitely no cons. I absolutely love this Drive, Like I said the all aluminum case is so nice, and black and silver matches Macbooks perfectly.

Other Thoughts: I tested this Drive on both a Windows and Mac OS and the speeds were just fine for an External Drive it did far better on my MacBook because I could take advantage of the FireWire 800 and here are some of the read and write speeds,I used real world tests not benchmarks!
USB 2.0 on avg. had around 31.7/24.6 on a 17Gb file
FireWire 800 on avg had around 72.6/64.4 on the same 17GB file
The Harddrive in this unit is the WD10JPVT Newegg item# N82E16822136927 for further information, and never exceed 33 degrees. Id have to say in my opinion this is one the the nicest 2.5" Drives, You will love this new enclosure.

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  • William M.
  • 10/8/2012 8:16:56 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery Nice

This review is from: WD My Passport Studio 1TB Portable Hard Drive

Pros: No setup required. Plug in a go. The transfer speeds seem very good using the firewire ports. Haven't tried USB

Cons: None at this time.

Other Thoughts: With the speeds I have seen, I would have no problem going to a smaller solid state internal for the OS.

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