Review: Western Digital Passport Studio

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

  1. noodle654 macrumors 68020


    Jun 2, 2005
    Never Ender
    Today my WD Studio 500GB Passport came in the mail. I got it for $100 on eBay brand new through 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
    -Warranty Stuff


    -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


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


    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


    Nov 9, 2008
    Fort Collins Colorado
    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


    Jan 8, 2007
    Austin, TX

    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, then I'll do that instead.



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