Review: Western Digital Passport Studio

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by noodle654, Dec 1, 2008.

  1. noodle654 macrumors 68020

    noodle654

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    Today my WD Studio 500GB Passport came in the mail. I got it for $100 on eBay brand new through Live.com. Great deal! Anyways, here is a review if anybody here is interested in buying one.

    Whats in the Box:

    -500GB Passport in a Metal like enclosure (identical to the Classic/New MBP)
    -FireWire 800 to 800 Cable, FireWire 800 to 400 Cable, USB Cable
    -Case
    -Warranty Stuff

    Pros:

    -Small, looks identical to my MBP. Looks like the newer WD MyBooks
    -FireWire 800, 400, and USB. All 3 are bus powered
    -500GB 5400RPM 8MB Cache
    -5 Year Warranty
    -WD Software included is pretty good.
    -Capacity Gauge
    -Formated already for Mac
    -Price

    Cons:

    -Cables provided are a bit small
    -Runs a bit warmer than my 120GB Passport
    -No Vents

    Testing

    Transfer of 577MB Movie File

    WD Passport 120GB 5400RPM USB 2.0: 26 Seconds
    WD P Studio 500GB 5400RPM FireWire 800: 15 Seconds

    Overall this is a great drive. I run both my Passport and Studio all the time now, doing backups everyday. I can also put all my Logic loops and recordings on my Studio. I really like the overall design of the Studio compared to the original Passport. The Studio looks like a tiny book. I would highly recommend buying this drive if you need a speedy backup and need it for travel. Great drive right here!
     
  2. SpaceKitty macrumors 68040

    SpaceKitty

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    Fort Collins Colorado
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    Good drives. We have a 250GB passport that we mostly use to transfer movies and music to other computers. Like yours, the cable was too short so we use one that came from a Garmin GPS that is much longer.
     
  3. Stephen23 macrumors member

    Stephen23

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    Location:
    Austin, TX
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    Hi,

    Can you tell me if these are the same hard drives as the 500gb scorpio blue drives? I know the new blues have only 2 platters, and the reviews on them have been pretty good. The drives themselves are going for $115 at newegg, but if I can get the same drive in a firewire case to hold my old one for $175 at buydig.com, then I'll do that instead.

    thanks,

    Stephen
     

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