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WD 1TB My Passport Studio Portable Hard Drive for Mac

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Product Highlights
  • 1TB 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 1TB 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 1TB 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 1TB
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 0.9 x 5 x 3.3 / 2.2 x 12.6 x 8.4cm
Weight 0.68 lb / 0.31kg
WD 1TB My Passport Studio Portable Hard Drive for Mac
  • FireWire 800 Cable
  • USB 2.0 Cable
  • Quick Install Guide
  • 2-Year Limited Warranty
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    WD1TB My Passport Studio Portable Hard Drive for Mac
     
    4.6

    (based on 72 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (53)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (65)
    • Easy to use (58)
    • Easy to set up (57)
    • Portable (53)
    • Quiet (45)

    Cons

    • No power switch (5)
    • Slow (3)

    Best Uses

    • Back-up (47)
    • Additional storage (38)
    • Photo storage (37)
    • Video (27)
    • File transfer (22)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Power user (34), Casual user (29)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (37), Business (31)
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac (67)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    External back-up Hard Drive for iMac.

    Apple notified me that the production run of 1 TB Seagate hard drives in my iMac had had some problems, and that I should get the internal hard drive replaced by them for free. ...Read complete review

    Apple notified me that the production run of 1 TB Seagate hard drives in my iMac had had some problems, and that I should get the internal hard drive replaced by them for free. Guess what ? I had not been backing-up my iMac on anything at that time !!! Some quick research on BandH website found this WD external, the better quality of the two WD 1 TB offered. Bought it ! No brainer. Works seamlessly through iMac Time Machine software. Everything on old hd was stored, and encrypted. Wiped the iMac's existing hd, and lugged the machine to the Apple store to have new Seagate hd installed and Mountain Lion OS down-loaded. Plugged in Firewire cable to WD hard drive, re-installed everything. Brand new working computer with no problems, at all. Could not be easier, or work more effectively. Already formatted for Mac, so nothing to do, but plug it in and a few clicks through Mac's intuitive software, and you're there.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    A Sensible Solution

    Use several of these, one each for the type of data (e.g photo, video, backup) the 2nd FireWire port for daisy link of another drive is the clincher, this enables access of...Read complete review

    Use several of these, one each for the type of data (e.g photo, video, backup) the 2nd FireWire port for daisy link of another drive is the clincher, this enables access of all drives simultaneously on a computer with only one FireWire port. It runs a bit warmer than the model it replaced though.

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    5.0

    Professional, Reliable, and Fast

    By Joe

    from Asheville, NC

    About Me Power user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • High Volume
      • Home
      • Sensitive Materials

      Comments about WD 1TB My Passport Studio Portable Hard Drive for Mac:

      SSD and Thunderbolt are clearly the future for those who want both state of the art speed and reliability, but are still expensive options. This WD External Hard Drive is an excellent combination of pro level reliability at a great price.

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

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      5.0

      Slick drive

      By Deren

      from Carrollton, TX

      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 1TB My Passport Studio Portable Hard Drive for Mac:

        I needed a new drive for Time Machine backups for my 2010 Mac Mini, and came across this one. I picked it based on favorable reviews and because it had the FireWire support I wanted. It is a nice looking drive, seems well made, and is working fine so far. It comes with the FireWire cable, so it is plug in and go. One minor nitpick is that I had to reformat the drive to use it as a Time Machine drive.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

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        5.0

        Exactly what I wanted excellent price

        By Cheeriojax

        from Marion NC

        About Me Power user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home

          Comments about WD 1TB My Passport Studio Portable Hard Drive for Mac:

          For saving video fast loading when I have to show on someone else's computer haven't found a problem yet other than wish it could be wireless

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

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          5.0

          Compact and fast!!!

          By Chelbythesea

          from San Diego

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about WD 1TB My Passport Studio Portable Hard Drive for Mac:

              Very easy to back-up your computer with either USB or firewall cable - even the USB is relatively fast.

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

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              5.0

              gets the job done!

              By photobill

              from east Bangor,pa

              About Me Power user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Small Networks

                Comments about WD 1TB My Passport Studio Portable Hard Drive for Mac:

                Use it for a magazine editorial shoot. Fast and small,love it!

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

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                5.0

                Exactly as Adertised

                By Eric for LBZ

                from Long Berach CA

                About Me Casual User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about WD 1TB My Passport Studio Portable Hard Drive for Mac:

                    After doing some research on external hard drives for my Mac, i chose this product. Easy to use and plenty of room for all of my pictures. Very easy to use with my MAC!

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

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                    5.0

                    Excelant!

                    By Aphidface

                    from Taos NM

                    About Me Power user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Fast
                    • Highly Compatible

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • High Volume
                      • Home

                      Comments about WD 1TB My Passport Studio Portable Hard Drive for Mac:

                      Great speed and portablity.

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

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                      5.0

                      Easy and fast

                      By Dressage Queen

                      from Nashua, NH

                      About Me Casual User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • High Volume
                        • Home

                        Comments about WD 1TB My Passport Studio Portable Hard Drive for Mac:

                        I have two of these-one for my backing up my Lightroom Catalog and one for backing up my Mac. They are "plug and play", easy to use and fast. Could not ask for more.

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

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                        5.0

                        Great portable drive

                        By Meech

                        from Valencia, Ca

                        About Me Power user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about WD 1TB My Passport Studio Portable Hard Drive for Mac:

                            I have this drive hooked up to my Mac Book Pro all the time. I also bring it when I'm out shooting on assignment to back up all my photos. Great little drive that's built really well.

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

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                            5.0

                            Sturdy, Well Made and a 3Yr Warranty

                            By BarryDC

                            from Olney, MD

                            About Me Casual User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about WD 1TB My Passport Studio Portable Hard Drive for Mac:

                                I bought 3 of these (2-500GB and 1-1TB) models. They are great quality, all metal construction, extremely quiet, and met my needs of a Firewire and USB connection. I am very happy with all of them so far.

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

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                                4.0

                                Perfect Portable

                                By Deezey

                                from Boston.MA

                                About Me Power user

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about WD 1TB My Passport Studio Portable Hard Drive for Mac:

                                    Needed something to replace my much more costly LaCie drive which died on me (not the first time). Love this drive, quiet, cool, and good looking.
                                    Only negative is that the USB is only 2.0. But I'm almost always using firewire anyway...and its really fast.
                                    I toss it into my bike bag many days, and I found that the orange rubber frame from my old "rugged" drive fits around it perfectly, for added protection.
                                    Also, I keep a firewire cable at home and work so I don't have to worry about having one.

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

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                                    4.0

                                    Good hard drive

                                    By dk

                                    from STL, MO

                                    About Me Power user

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Easy To Manage
                                    • Easy To Set Up

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • High Volume
                                      • Video editing

                                      Comments about WD 1TB My Passport Studio Portable Hard Drive for Mac:

                                      We needed a hefty, durable external drive that could daisy-chain Firewire800. This does just that.

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

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                                      5.0

                                      Great product ,price

                                      By JFH

                                      from Midwest

                                      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
                                        • Backup
                                        • Photo Storage
                                        • Video

                                        Comments about WD 1TB My Passport Studio Portable Hard Drive for Mac:

                                        Compact,well built,easy to use and fast.

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

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                                        5.0

                                        great HD

                                        By in philly

                                        from Philadelphia

                                        About Me Casual user

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

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

                                        Cons

                                        • No Power Switch

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Backup
                                        • Photo Storage
                                        • Video

                                        Comments about WD 1TB My Passport Studio Portable Hard Drive for Mac:

                                        small, compact, nice looking, large capacity

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

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                                        5.0

                                        Smaller is better

                                        By Gmoneyvidz

                                        from Louisiana

                                        About Me Power user

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

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

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Additional Storage
                                          • Backup
                                          • Video

                                          Comments about WD 1TB My Passport Studio Portable Hard Drive for Mac:

                                          I film in remote locations, edit and send video to the newspaper at night. This Passport Studio is small, but has 1TB storage, so I can carry a lot of HD video with me. It is fast enough without spending the extra money for the highest speed connections. And with the program to backup my laptop, I'll get another one.

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

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                                          5.0

                                          Easy to use

                                          By Quel

                                          from Orange county, CA

                                          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
                                            • File Transfer
                                            • Photo Storage
                                            • Video

                                            Comments about WD 1TB My Passport Studio Portable Hard Drive for Mac:

                                            I use this portable hard drive for my Mac laptop. This is my first portable hard drive and I wasn't sure if it would be hard to use, but it wasn't hard at all.
                                            I love how it looks and how small it is. So far I have had it for a couple of weeks and it works great so there isn't anything I don't like about it. I would recommend this product to any Mac user.

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

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                                            5.0

                                            cables included

                                            By JimSki

                                            from Everett, WA

                                            About Me Casual user

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Set Up
                                            • Portable

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                                Comments about WD 1TB My Passport Studio Portable Hard Drive for Mac:

                                                This external hard drive works great and fast with the firewire. Cables both the firewire and usb 2 were provided by B&H camera. Shipping was fast.

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

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                                                5.0

                                                Good, relatively inexpensive HD

                                                By AH42

                                                from Columbus, OH

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Compact
                                                • Easy to use
                                                • High Capacity

                                                Cons

                                                • Short firewire cable

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Additional Storage
                                                • Backup
                                                • Video

                                                Comments about WD 1TB My Passport Studio Portable Hard Drive for Mac:

                                                Nice, compact hard drive with 2 firewire ports, as well as USB. Fast transfer rates and easy to set up with my Mac. Also, very portable which is great for travelling. Only downside so far is the very short firewire cable that comes with the hard drive which is a bit of a pain (obviously no problem if you have another cable).

                                                • Computer Platform:
                                                • Mac

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                                                5.0

                                                Works perfectly right out of the box

                                                By Steve

                                                from Stockbridge MA

                                                About Me Power user

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

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

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Additional Storage
                                                  • Photo Storage

                                                  Comments about WD 1TB My Passport Studio Portable Hard Drive for Mac:

                                                  I store my older photographs on the WD 1TB drive. I am currently using about 700 GB of the 1TB. My 2012 and 2013 photos I still store on my MacBook Pro's drive. I back up everything onto a 2TB external drive using Time Machine. I connect the Time Machine drive using the second FireWire 800 port on the WD 1TB drive. That works really well with both drives connected to my MacBook Pro via its only FireWire 800 port. The WD 1TB drive runs cool and quietly and is quite portable. The included short cable is just the right length.

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

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                                                  5.0

                                                  Great product

                                                  By John

                                                  from Boynton Beach,Florida

                                                  About Me Casual user

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

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

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Backup

                                                    Comments about WD 1TB My Passport Studio Portable Hard Drive for Mac:

                                                    I used this hard drive to make a programmable back up for Mountain Lion. In the event I have a problem with my Mac.

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

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