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WD 500GB My Passport Studio Portable Hard Drive for Mac

B&H # WEWDBALG5000 Mfr # WDBALG5000ABK-NESN
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Product Highlights
  • 500GB of Storage
  • 2x FireWire 800 Ports / 1x USB Port
  • Bus Powered
  • Supports Apple Time Machine Backups
  • WD Utility and Security Software
  • Anodized Aluminum Enclosure
  • Formatted for Macs, Windows Compatible

The WD 500GB My Passport Studio Portable Hard Drive for Mac is a highly-portable, high-capacity hard drive designed to accompany you and your Mac when you travel. Outfitted with an anodized aluminum enclosure, this drive matches the aesthetic of your MacBook or MacBook Air and provides you with up to 500GB storage. It features two FireWire 800 ports for fast data transfers and one USB 2.0 port for added connectivity. All of these ports also supply the drive with power so you don't need to lug around a power supply.

In addition to these features, the drive can backup your data in Apple Time Machine and can be reformatted to work with Windows computers. The preloaded WD Drive Utilities and WD Security software are an added bonus for managing your drive and protecting its data.

Two FireWire 800 Ports
Two speedy FireWire 800 ports allow you to save and access data at top speeds. Use the second FireWire port to daisy chain an additional external drive or other peripheral to your Mac. This drive also offers a USB 2.0 interface for added connectivity
Premium Aluminum Enclosure
The durable, anodized aluminum enclosure is the perfect complement for your MacBook or MacBook Air and resists scratching and fingerprints
WD Security
WD Security utility allows you to set password protection and hardware encryption for your drive to protect your files from unauthorized use or access
WD Drive Utilities
Register your drive, set drive security, run diagnostics and more using WD Drive Utilities
Massive Capacity, Small Enclosure
Offering massive capacity in the smallest available metal enclosure, My Passport Studio is the ideal companion for the photographer, videographer, graphic artist, or creative professional on the go
Compatible with Apple Time Machine
Back up your files with Apple Time Machine
Formatted for Mac
HFS+ Journaled so it works right out of the box with your MacBook or MacBook Air. Can be reformatted for Windows
No Power Adapter Required
The drive is powered through the FireWire or USB port, so there's no need to lug around a bulky power adapter
Ideal Use
·Transferring files with the blazing-fast FireWire 800 interface
·Adding extra storage for your videos, music, photos, and files
·Using with your MacBook or MacBook Air
·Backing up your files with Apple Time Machine
·Securing your files from unauthorized access with password protection and hardware encryption
Performance
Capacity 500GB
Interface 2x FireWire-800
1x USB 2.0
Drive Speed Not Specified by Manufacturer
Buffer Not Specified by Manufacturer
Average Seek Time Not Specified by Manufacturer
Sustained Data Transfer Rate Not Specified by Manufacturer
System Requirements Formatted for Mac OS X Leopard, or Snow Leopard, or Lion
Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 (requires reformatting)
General
Mounting Portable
Power Requirements Bus-Powered
Environmental Requirements Operating Temperature: 41 to 104°:F / 5 to 40°C
Storage Temperature: -4 to 149°F / -20 to 65°C
Dimensions 0.7 x 5 x 3.3 / 1.9 x 12.6 x 8.4cm
Weight 0.56 lb / 0.25kg
WD 500GB My Passport Studio Portable Hard Drive for Mac
  • FireWire 800 Cable
  • USB 2.0 Cable
  • Quick Install Guide
  • 2-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    WD500GB My Passport Studio Portable Hard Drive for Mac
     
    4.7

    (based on 29 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (23)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (22)
    • Easy to set up (20)
    • Easy to use (19)
    • Attractive (17)
    • Portable (17)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Back-up (13)
      • Additional storage (12)
      • Photo storage (8)
      • Video (7)
      • File transfer (6)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Casual user (15), Power user (10)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (15), Business (10)
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac (26)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Heavy Duty

      I bought 2 of these and run them stacked and daisy chained.
      One is my import drive, the other is my back up drive (clone).
      These are heavy duty, metal...Read complete review

      I bought 2 of these and run them stacked and daisy chained.
      One is my import drive, the other is my back up drive (clone).
      These are heavy duty, metal drives.
      They're heavier than most, but that's ok with me, because they're metal!
      This drive comes with a FW800 cable (really short) and a Micro-USB to USB (2.0) cable.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Not so great

      I have a 500GB version which has been replaced under warranty once and is temperamental on whether to show up on desktop or to be recognized any where (just won't mount, have tried various...Read complete review

      I have a 500GB version which has been replaced under warranty once and is temperamental on whether to show up on desktop or to be recognized any where (just won't mount, have tried various computer and cable) It also is unreliable in writing large files (often freezes) Has not had much use because of this. The size and style are its only good points. I wouldn't buy another.

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      3.0

      So far, so good.

      By Dzhough the ?

      from california

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Manage
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Fast
      • Highly Compatible

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about WD 500GB My Passport Studio Portable Hard Drive for Mac:

          So far, so good

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac

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          4.0

          Great Drives

          By TvPat

          from Washington Dc

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about WD 500GB My Passport Studio Portable Hard Drive for Mac:

                I've been using these to back up video footage for clients. The firewire 800 is great for my older Mac and it really speeds the transfers up. I've probably went through about 20 of these drives. I did end up with a bad one. It just wouldn't turn on.

                • Computer Platform:
                • Mac

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                5.0

                Great Drive

                By Sheila

                from Thornwood, NY

                About Me Casual User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Fast
                • Highly Compatible

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about WD 500GB My Passport Studio Portable Hard Drive for Mac:

                    Great little drive. Use My passport drives all the time and have never had a problem with them. Use them for storing all my images. Easy to use. Sturdy.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • Mac

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                    5.0

                    Great hard drive

                    By K

                    from New Jersey

                    Verified Buyer

                    Comments about WD 500GB My Passport Studio Portable Hard Drive for Mac:

                    Easily connected to my Macbook Pro and backup was very quick with the enclosed Firewire 800 cable

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                    5.0

                    Heavy Duty

                    By hoovdaddy

                    from North Carolina

                    About Me Power user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Fast
                    • Fw800
                    • Heavy Duty Case
                    • Highly Compatible

                    Cons

                    • Bulky
                    • Heavier Than Most

                    Best Uses

                    • Photo Work
                    • Video Work

                    Comments about WD 500GB My Passport Studio Portable Hard Drive for Mac:

                    I bought 2 of these and run them stacked and daisy chained.
                    One is my import drive, the other is my back up drive (clone).
                    These are heavy duty, metal drives.
                    They're heavier than most, but that's ok with me, because they're metal!
                    This drive comes with a FW800 cable (really short) and a Micro-USB to USB (2.0) cable.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • Mac

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                    5.0

                    Works Great

                    By Daniel

                    from Fort Wayne, IN

                    About Me Power user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Fast
                    • Looks nice

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Storing Video Files

                      Comments about WD 500GB My Passport Studio Portable Hard Drive for Mac:

                      I am a filmmaker. I have my own YouTube channel where I upload three new videos every day. In addition, I also do freelance video work for others. Thus, I always have a lot of raw video footage that I need to store somewhere. I use this drive for storing all the footage for the projects I'm currently working on. I edit right off of the drive and it works great. I haven't had any problems with it being slow or lagging. It's exactly what I needed.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • Mac

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                      5.0

                      Solid, fast, small

                      By DrewLem

                      from Washington, DC

                      About Me Power user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Fast

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about WD 500GB My Passport Studio Portable Hard Drive for Mac:

                          I use this my portable media drive for Final Cut Pro X and it has been a good addition to my hardware. It's fast, it can be part of a daisy chain (inlcuding the ability to draw operating power from another FireWire 800 hard drive) and hasn't failed me yet. Until I desperately need a Thunderbolt drive or the price goes down this is a pretty good value on speed vs cost.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • Mac

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                          5.0

                          The price was right

                          By KG

                          from Boston

                          About Me Casual User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Easy To Manage
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Fast
                          • Highly Compatible

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home

                            Comments about WD 500GB My Passport Studio Portable Hard Drive for Mac:

                            I use it as a backup hard drive and so far it works just as advertised. No problems.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • Mac

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                            4.0

                            Best for simple use

                            By Jesthereader

                            from New Britain, CT

                            About Me Casual User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Easy To Manage
                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Fast

                            Cons

                            • Runs Hot

                            Best Uses

                            • Home
                            • Small Networks

                            Comments about WD 500GB My Passport Studio Portable Hard Drive for Mac:

                            Great product if you just need to back up files on your system or just for a class. I bought it for a class and it works great. I will recommend it to anyone.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • Mac

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                            5.0

                            Easy to use

                            By The Cheeser

                            from Detroit, MI

                            About Me Casual user

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attractive Design
                            • Compact
                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Easy to use
                            • Portable
                            • Quiet

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about WD 500GB My Passport Studio Portable Hard Drive for Mac:

                                I am not necessarily tech savvy, and this was my first time purchasing an external hard drive. I have an older macbook and as promised, I found this very easy to use to backup my computer's hard drive. It was straightforward and simple, which is what I wanted, just plug it in and follow the prompts. It is also compact and light, I can just store it in my computer bag. It also feels sturdy. Thats about all I can say!

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal
                                • Computer Platform:
                                • Mac

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                                5.0

                                Great portable FW drive

                                By Patricia

                                from Spring Lake, NJ

                                About Me Casual user

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attractive Design
                                • Compact
                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Easy to use
                                • Portable
                                • Quiet

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Additional Storage
                                  • Backup

                                  Comments about WD 500GB My Passport Studio Portable Hard Drive for Mac:

                                  I first bought one of these 4 few months ago and liked it so much I got a second one. I'm limited to FW/USB 2.0 with my 2008 MacBook Pro, and it's hard to find FW anymore in a portable drive. This drive is fast, and the aluminum enclosure is very sturdy. Mine are both used frequently for redundant backups and so far have worked flawlessly. I don't use the WD software it came with, so can't comment on that.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal
                                  • Computer Platform:
                                  • Mac

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                                  4.0

                                  Great Product!

                                  By The Decider

                                  from Seattle, WA

                                  About Me Casual user

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attractive Design
                                  • Compact
                                  • Portable
                                  • Quiet

                                  Cons

                                  • Difficult To Use

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Additional Storage
                                  • Backup
                                  • File Transfer
                                  • Photo Storage
                                  • Video

                                  Comments about WD 500GB My Passport Studio Portable Hard Drive for Mac:

                                  Compact, efficient, and reliable using Mac!

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal
                                  • Computer Platform:
                                  • Mac

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                                  5.0

                                  So Far So Good

                                  By rmf

                                  from oakland, ca

                                  About Me Casual Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Fast
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Audio transfer
                                    • Image Storage
                                    • Video Files

                                    Comments about WD 500GB My Passport Studio Portable Hard Drive for Mac:

                                    I use this hard drive to back up and transfer music and large video files. Firewire is very fast. Transfered around 50 gigs of music in around 10 minutes. Just got it. But so far no complaints.

                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    A great business backup drive

                                    By Mark the photo guy

                                    from Springfield, VA

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Convenient Interface
                                    • Fast
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Image Storage
                                      • Video storage

                                      Comments about WD 500GB My Passport Studio Portable Hard Drive for Mac:

                                      Started using it right out of the box, after formatting for Windows.

                                      • Was this a gift?:
                                      • No

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                                      5.0

                                      I love this thing

                                      By PSPARTYBAND

                                      from Palm Springs CA.

                                      About Me Power user

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Attractive Design
                                      • Compact
                                      • Easy To Set Up
                                      • Easy to use
                                      • High Capacity
                                      • Portable

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Additional Storage
                                        • Backup
                                        • File Transfer
                                        • Photo Storage
                                        • Video

                                        Comments about WD 500GB My Passport Studio Portable Hard Drive for Mac:

                                        I am a Musician and recording engineer and wanted a portable hard drive for live sound recording. I am doing 24 track recording using a Presonus Studio Live and Capture into my Macbook Pro. I love the small size of the drive and that it is USB/Firewire powered so just plug it in and go, no extra wall warts. I've recored only two nights so far (3 hours continuous each) but have had no problems, every track recorded to the drive without a hiccup.

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Business
                                        • Computer Platform:
                                        • Mac

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                                        5.0

                                        solid portable hardrive.

                                        By roninseattle

                                        from seattle

                                        About Me Power user

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Attractive Design
                                        • Easy To Set Up
                                        • Easy to use
                                        • Portable
                                        • Quiet

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Backup

                                          Comments about WD 500GB My Passport Studio Portable Hard Drive for Mac:

                                          I have western digital drives in my Mac Pro, Drobo, and portable drives; never a problem. These are very solidily made and have the added benifit over the other WD drives of firewire ports.

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Business
                                          • Computer Platform:
                                          • Mac

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                                          5.0

                                          It Delivers

                                          By El Jefe

                                          from SLC, UT

                                          About Me Casual user

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Attractive Design
                                          • Compact
                                          • Easy To Set Up
                                          • Easy to use
                                          • High Capacity
                                          • Portable
                                          • Quiet

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Additional Storage
                                            • File Transfer
                                            • Video

                                            Comments about WD 500GB My Passport Studio Portable Hard Drive for Mac:

                                            I am taking a motion graphics design class and purchased this as a drive to render video on. The transfer speed is wonderful (at least compared to USB 2). The ability to daisy-chain devices might come in handy.

                                            5 stars because it delivers exactly what it says it is and nothing has happened that I could possibly complain about.

                                            • Primary use:
                                            • Personal
                                            • Computer Platform:
                                            • Mac

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                                            5.0

                                            exactly as advertised

                                            By cmd

                                            from bellingham, wa

                                            About Me Casual user

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Attractive Design
                                            • Compact
                                            • Easy To Set Up
                                            • Easy to use
                                            • High Capacity
                                            • Portable
                                            • Quiet

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                                Comments about WD 500GB My Passport Studio Portable Hard Drive for Mac:

                                                this is precisely what I wanted: I connect it to a usb port and back up with time-machine. the drive itself has a sleek design, is very sturdy [no plastic].

                                                • Primary use:
                                                • Personal
                                                • Computer Platform:
                                                • Mac

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                                                5.0

                                                Great external hard drive!

                                                By Anita

                                                from New Rochelle, NY

                                                About Me Casual user

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Attractive Design
                                                • Compact
                                                • Easy To Set Up
                                                • Easy to use
                                                • Portable

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Additional Storage
                                                  • Backup
                                                  • File Transfer
                                                  • Photo Storage
                                                  • Video

                                                  Comments about WD 500GB My Passport Studio Portable Hard Drive for Mac:

                                                  Great little hard drive - small, portable, and attractive. Firewire makes transfer of data lightning fast! I've only had it a few weeks, so I can't comment on it's reliability yet, but I can't say enough about how much I like this drive!

                                                  • Primary use:
                                                  • Personal
                                                  • Computer Platform:
                                                  • Mac

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                                                  5.0

                                                  WD Passport 500gb drive for Mac

                                                  By Andy5

                                                  from Mass

                                                  About Me Casual user

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Attractive Design
                                                  • Compact
                                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                                  • Easy to use
                                                  • Portable
                                                  • Quiet

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Additional Storage
                                                    • Backup
                                                    • Photo Storage

                                                    Comments about WD 500GB My Passport Studio Portable Hard Drive for Mac:

                                                    Downloaded my entire Mac Book Pro computer drive to this external drive via FireWire quickly with no issues. Still have half it's capacity left. Even though its looks don't really matter, it does have a nice appearance, and seems solid. Great insurance without a bunch of separate flash drives. Great value at B&H!

                                                    • Primary use:
                                                    • Personal
                                                    • Computer Platform:
                                                    • Mac

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