WD 500GB My Passport Studio Portable Hard Drive

WD 500GB My Passport Studio Portable Hard Drive

WD 500GB My Passport Studio Portable Hard Drive

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Product Highlights

  • FireWire-800
  • USB 2.0
  • FireWire-400 via Included Adapter
  • Smart Display LCD System
  • HFS+ Formatted for Mac OS X
  • Can Be Reformatted for Windows
  • WD SmartWare Software Suite
  • Drive Lock Encryption
  • Bus-Powered Design
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WD Studio overview

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The 500GB My Passport Studio Portable Hard Drive from Western Digital is a portable hard drive with an innovative LCD display panel. The display can always be viewed, even when the drive is not connected to a computer. It displays your custom drive label, available capacity, and security status. This allows you to quickly identify what is stored on the drive, perfect for anyone who owns multiple drives.

The drive can connect to your computer via FireWire-800 or USB 2.0, or via FireWire-400 using the included adapter. It ships as an HFS+ formatted drive for use in Mac OS X, but can be reformatted for use by Windows operating systems. It ships with the WD SmartWare software suite, which provides visual backup, diagnostic tools, 256-bit hardware encryption, and more. The drive is bus-powered for truly portable operation.

Smart Display
Create your own personalized drive label to remind you of what's stored on each drive. You can even view the label when the drive is unplugged. The display also includes available capacity and security status
Save and access data at top speeds with the high-performance FireWire-800 interface. Also includes USB 2.0 interface for maximum flexibility
Designed for Use with Mac Computers
Formatted for Mac and compatible with Apple Time Machine, this drive is plug-and-play ready for Mac computer users
WD SmartWare
  • See your backup as it happens - Seeing is believing. Visual backup displays your content in categories and shows the progress of your backup
  • Protect your data automatically - Relax. Your data is secure. Automatic, continuous backup will instantly make a second copy whenever you add or change a file
  • Bring back lost files effortlessly - Retrieve your valuable data to its original location whether you've lost all your data or just overwritten an important file
  • Take control - Customize your backup, set drive security, run diagnostics, manage the power settings, and more from the WD SmartWare control center
Drive Lock
Gain peace of mind knowing that your data is protected from unauthorized access or theft with password protection and 256-bit hardware-based encryption
In the Box
WD 500GB My Passport Studio Portable Hard Drive
  • USB Micro Cable
  • FireWire-800 Cable
  • FireWire-800 to FireWire-400 Adapter
  • Quick Install Guide
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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    WD Studio specs

    Capacity 500GB
    Interface 1x 9-Pin FireWire-800
    1x USB 2.0 (Micro B)
    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 Mac OS X Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard
    Windows XP, Vista, 7 (Requires reformatting to FAT32 or NTFS)
    Computer with FireWire-800, FireWire-400, or USB 2.0 port
    Mounting Portable
    Power Requirements Bus-Powered
    Environmental Requirements Operating Temperature: 41-95°:F (5-35°C)
    Storage Temperature: -4-149°F (-20-65°C)
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.3 x 0.73 x 4.9" (8.3 x 1.9 x 12.4cm)
    Weight 0.4 lb (0.18kg)

    WD Studio reviews

    500GB My Passport Studio Portable Hard Drive is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 20.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from worked smoothly, some software issues, I bought this for my mac book pro and it works very smoothly backing up my files. The program is a little confusing in that you have to select various settings and functions so it is more than just an simple external hard drive like my WD that I use on my windows PC and the message to download an update resulted in a download that did not seem to function well. The large capacity is certainly plenty for my needs to back up and the customizing feature that allows you to label' the drive is unnecessary for my needs the label also shows the current utilization and space remaining again not something I need. It is USB powered and highly portable.
    Date published: 2012-03-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Small, Powerful and Ultimately Portable With the advent of media-based film/video production, these light-weight, portable drives have become indispensable for delivery of both raw footage and non-linear editing project files to clients. The fact that they're bus-powered also enhances their portability and convenience.
    Date published: 2010-05-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect for Client Shoots What I love about this drive is I can see not only how much free space is left without turning it on or having it hooked up to a computer, but I can organize my drives by client. I have a few of these and it's larger brother and use them to keep all my client photo and video shoots organized and easily accessible. I primarily use the Firewire 800 port but occasionally have to use USB. I only wish it was the standard or more common USB end instead of the thin version.
    Date published: 2012-02-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from As advertised Nice portable drive for my Macbook. Has Firewire interface and comes with Firewire cable
    Date published: 2011-02-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Never had a problem with Western Digital I use Western Digital for all my video editing. Never have lost information while using a WD drive. This particular hard drive is not the fastest drive but it's good for on-the-go editing. The only thing I don't like about the Western Digital hard drives is the WD SmartWare that comes with the hard drive. It pops up every time you plug in the drive. Not a huge deal since you can go into the setting and turn the Open WD SmartWare when drive is connected off.
    Date published: 2012-01-04
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from WD 500GB Passport This product is a backup for a macbook pro - photos, letters, presentations, etc. So far, so good. At this point I haven't had enough time to truly evaluate the product under my normal use conditions. I am still loading information/data onto the unit. I don't like the idea that the need to change the window requires the loading of WD software. I have not heard very many good things about the WD software for their external drives.
    Date published: 2012-02-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Portable and Handy Small and light weight it serves it purpose, easy back-up and storage. Would have been nice if the cords were a bit longer and more flexible (they're a bit rigid and want to pop out of the sockets if the unit is not placed just right). Display had a small flaw/mark on the inside of the window but it doesn't affect the performance of the drive.
    Date published: 2010-10-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Is very nice storage... Where do I go I always have it with me, it's fast (using your firewire interface 800) and silent I always have all kinds of files and no problems. I used it on a PC with MacDrive and did not recognize him, I guess it was because the lock. It would be interesting to have a raid 1 system drive with more capacity at 7200 rpm.
    Date published: 2010-05-24
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