conclusion:We like it

84 March 28th 2012 3:33 pm

The Western Digital My Passport Studio is a quick and affordable way to add up to a terabyte of storage to your Mac, thanks to its fast FireWire 800 port (compatible with all current Macs other than the MacBook Air). If you're not a Mac user, you can reformat it and it will work with your PC's USB connection, but if you've got a newer computer equipped with a fast USB 3.0 port, you should hold out for a drive that supports it.

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PC Mag Jan 12, 2012

The Western Digital My Passport Studio (1TB) is a capacious and speedy external hard drive for those who need quick, home studio quality storage in a portable package, but don't want to wait for Thunderbolt drives to become affordable.

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CNET Sep 22, 2011

Good-looking, sturdy, and offering decent performance, the new My Passport Studio makes a very good investment for Mac users. Windows users, however, should keep looking for a drive that offers USB 3.0 connectivity at a better price.

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PC Mag May 3, 2012

It doesn't reinvent the wheel, but the WD My Passport Studio (2TB) gives users what they want—enormous capacity and fast performance, all in an attractive package that shares the MacBook aesthetic.

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Macworld Mar 16, 2012

The My Passport Studio looks good and is overall a decent drive. But it lags in the speed department and has a security app that doesn’t disappear without intervention.

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PC Advisor Oct 13, 2011

This sturdy example of high-tech engineering may stretch the pocket in more way than one, but it’s worth ... it. Formidable FireWire performance and finally some worthy software all underline the whole tidy package. The WD My Passport Studio sets a new high benchmark for such pocket drives.

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MacLife Dec 8, 2011

FireWire or USB 2.0 connectivity. Ability to daisy chain additional drives. Great read and write speeds.

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TechRadar Dec 20, 2011

If you're likely to spend a lot of time copying large files to and from your portable hard drive, the Iomega eGo Portable HD Mac Edition might be worth the extra money. But for most users, the Western Digital My Passport Studio 1TB is the superior option.

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baileylo baileylo

This works perfectly with my Mac pretty much just plug and play. I'd recommend it to anybody though you can definitely get cheaper options. The firewire was the main selling point, though it hardly matters because I run back ups at night so speed isn't really an issue.

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geoffcritt geoffcritt

This is a gorgeously-designed piece of hardware. Overall, it's an upgrade over the previous issues of the My Passport Studio, and all of the My Passport drives for that matter. The all-metal design is elegant and functional all at once. If you're in the market for a portable drive with...

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heyporcupine heyporcupine

Not really much to say here. It really looks nice, it can take a lickin, can hold lots of movies, videos and photos and small enough to take anywhere.

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