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WD My Passport Studio 1TB Mac Portable External Hard Drive Storage FireWire

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1 TB
  • Massive capacity. All metal design.
  • Dual FireWire 800 interfaces
  • Password protection and hardware encryption
  • Interface Speed: 800 Mbps (FireWire 800) / 480 Mbps (USB 2.0)
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Technical Details

Size: 1 TB
  • Brand Name: WESA9
  • Model: WDBK8A0010BBK-NESN
  • Hard Disk Size: 1024 GB
  • Hardware Platform: Mac
  • Hard Disk Description: Portable
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Product Details

Size: 1 TB
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 3.3 x 0.9 inches ; 10.9 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B005ELBSWO
  • Item model number: WDBK8A0010BBK-NESN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (296 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 22, 2011

Product Description

Size: 1 TB

From the Manufacturer

My Passport Studio – Portable high speed storage for Mac.

My Passport® Studio™ comes standard with two super-fast FireWire® 800 ports and a MacBook®-inspired, metal enclosure make this drive the ideal companion for Mac professionals.

High capacity, all metal design.
Offering high capacity in a small metal enclosure, My Passport Studio is the ideal companion for the photographer, videographer, graphic artist, or creative professional on the go.
WD My Passport Studio - Metal design
Dual FireWire 800 interfaces.
Save and access data in blazing-fast speed of the two super-fast FireWire® 800 ports. Use the second FireWire port to daisy chain an additional external drive or other peripheral to your iMac®.
WD My Passport Studio - Dual FireWire
Password protection secures your drive.
Use the WD Security utility to set password protection and hardware encryption and protect your files from unauthorized use or access.
WD My Passport Studio - Passowrd protection
Features at a glance

  • High capacity in a compact design
  • All metal enclosure
  • Two fast FireWire® 800 ports
  • Compatible with Apple® Time Machine®
  • Password protection and hardware encryption
  • 3-year limited warranty

Two FireWire 800 ports - With two super-fast FireWire® 800 ports, you can save and access data at up to 800 Mb/s. 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.

My Passport Studio

Premium aluminum enclosure - The durable, anodized aluminum enclosure is the perfect complement for your Mac computer 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 timer, run diagnostics and more using WD Drive Utilities.

High capacity, small enclosure - Offering high capacity in a small metal enclosure, My Passport Studio is the ideal companion for the photographer, videographer, graphic artist, or creative professional on the go.

Formatted for Mac - HFS+ Journaled so it works right out of the box with your Mac computer. Can be reformatted for Windows.

Compatible with Apple® Time Machine® - Back up your files with Apple Time Machine.

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.

WD quality inside and out - We know your data is important to you. So we build the drive inside to our demanding requirements for durability, shock tolerance, and long-term reliability. Then we protect the drive with a robust enclosure designed for beauty and protection.

WD My Passport Studio box

Ideal for

  • Transferring files with the blazing-fast FireWire® 800 interface
  • Adding extra storage for your videos, music, photos, and files
  • Using with your Mac® computer right out of the box
  • Backing up your files with Apple® Time Machine®
  • Securing your files from unauthorized access with password protection and hardware encryption

What's in the box
Portable hard drive, FireWire 800 cable, USB 2.0 cable, Quick Install Guide.

Compatibility
Formatted HFS+ Journaled for Mac OS® X Leopard®, Snow Leopard™ , or Lion™
Windows® XP, Windows Vista®, Windows 7 (requires reformatting)
Note: Compatibility may vary depending on user's hardware configuration and operating system.

For more great WD products, visit the Western Digital Store at Amazon.com

 


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Interface
USB 2.0
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Capacity range
500 GB - 1 TB
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Password protection
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All metal enclosure
     
 
Portable form factor
     
 
Capacity gauge
       
 
Mac ready
 
PC ready
       

Product Description

My Passport Studio comes standard with two super-fast FireWire 800 ports, massive capacity, password protection, and a MacBook-inspired, metal enclosure that make this drive the ideal companion for Mac professionals.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

When connected with the firewire cable, the drive is fast.
MrSandman
I have had hard disk give up on me after 3 months - so far Western Digital has been very good for me and hoping that even this will last a long time.
Amazon Customer
This is a very compact for its size and a very fast external hard drive and nice looking too which goes with my Macbook.
Surendar

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

168 of 179 people found the following review helpful By D. Low on October 11, 2011
Size Name: 1 TB
It does not matter that the internal HDD is a 5400rpm WD Scorpio Blue. (There is no such thing as a 5600rpm WD Scorpio Blue.)

The Firewire 800 interface can only handle an absolute maximum throughput of 98 MB/s (786 Mbit/s). USB 2.0 can only do 60 MB/s (480 Mbit/s).

The h2benchw 3.12 Max Read Throughput for the Western Digital WD Scorpio Blue WD10JPVT 1TB 5400rpm is 114.4 MB/s (915.2 Mbits/s).

Hence, the internal HDD is faster than the interfaces. If you need/want external storage with higher throughput you will have to go to USB 3.0, eSATA, or Thunderbolt; with SSD and/or RAID disks.
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Mayo TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 27, 2011
Size Name: 1 TB Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
The Western Digital My Passport Studio 1 TB FireWire 800 External Hard Drive WDBK8A0010BBK-NESN is a beautiful piece of solidly built hardware that asks you to trade a little bit of bulk (metal enclosure) for peace of mind.

SPACE AVAILABLE
You begin with 999.73 GB available, and 302.6 MB of something already on the disk, which means you have almost the entire disk at your disposal. I'd say that is pretty good.

SOFTWARE
The disk comes with some security and utility software you can install on your Mac (presumably, Windows users could reformat the drive and use it as well, but not the software). It enables you to do things like password protect your hard disk, wipe your data, and so forth. It claims on the website that it will encrypt your drive, but I don't see a setting for that anywhere. Perhaps it is encrypted and I just don't know it?

CONSTRUCTION
The disk is considerably heavier and larger than my sleek WD "Essential" drive, but the construction is much more rugged, with a thick metal casing. Compared to protected hard drives by other manufacturers, it is still relatively compact and lightweight. It is a difficult balance to strike, but WD has done a good job here.

SPEED
It seems pretty fast with Firewire, but to be honest, I don't see a huge difference. Whatever the actual speed is, I suppose I feel better using Firewire instead of USB! Of course, it also comes with a USB connection if you want to go that route.

SUMMARY
If you are looking for a rugged, high-quality drive, with security features, and Firewire, then this is it. However, if you are more interested in a lightweight, inexpensive 1TB drive, then you may want to consider the WD "Essential."
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Ann Boone on February 17, 2012
Size Name: 1 TB Verified Purchase
I bought the W.D. My Passport 1T, specifically for use with my Mac Time machine. I received it within a week of purchase. It comes with USB and FireWire cables. There is no set up, it is ready to plug in out of the box and in no time the time machine was doing its backup. I have had this for 3 months now and have been very pleased with it. Mac suggests to dedicate a primary portable/external hard drive for backup, which I concur, it just makes sense to have a different portable for your other stuff you don't want cluttering up your pc or backup. I use the FireWire cable between the passport and Mac. It transfers data 2x faster than USB, my first back up of over 300 gig took approx 3 hours to do.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Steve R VINE VOICE on October 25, 2011
Size Name: 1 TB Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
This may be the perfect portable external hard drive for Mac users. Pre-formatted for Macs (and Time Machine ready) with a brushed aluminum and black enclosure, it almost looks like it was designed by Apple.

But the real beauty of this drive is its speed. For a small, external hard drive without its own power source (it draws power from the computer to which it is connected), this is a very speedy little drive. It has two Firewire 800 ports (you can daisy chain another drive or peripheral), and one USB 2.0 port. I ran two speed tests transferring large files to the drive using both the Firewire and USB ports. I ran this test on two different machines, and the results were impressive--especially the Firewire 800 speeds, which were over twice as fast as the USB 2.0 speeds.

Speed test #1:
5.93GB file (mp4) transferred to the drive from a 2010 27" iMac i5 (2.66GHz 8MB RAM):
Firewire 800: transfer took 1:33.8 minutes
USB 2.0: transfer took 3:16.7 minutes

Speed test #2:
7.0GB file (database) transferred to the drive from a 2011 21.5" iMac (2.5GHz 4MB RAM):
Firewire 800: transfer took 2:03.2 minutes
USB 2.0: transfer took 4:12.9 minutes

For an external hard drive of this size without its own power source, these are impressive numbers. The size is also worth commenting on--when it arrived I was quite surprised at how much smaller it was than I expected. It fits easily and entirely in my hand, and when laid next to my iPhone 4S it is really not much bigger. Compared to my iPhone, the drive is about the same length, about 1" wider, and about .3" thicker. Impressively small.

I have other external hard drives from Western Digital, as well as drives from Iomega and Fantom. This little My Passport Studio however is the best of the bunch, and my new favorite for its speed, its portability, and its great looks.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Easy on October 14, 2011
Size Name: 1 TB Verified Purchase
I really like it. It comes with 2 cables, a usb, and a firewire 800 cable. the software included is okay but won't do much more than what "disk utility" can do on your mac. you can erase it using disk utility and add a password option (this works with osx 10.7 and above). i've been using with time machine on a macbook air and macbook pro and it works great. It feels like it is very high quality and very dense and sturdy. if you want to travel light this may be a little on the heavy side. overall, i would recommend it, especially if you are looking for something that looks good next to your mac. there are other drives out there that can do the same thing for less, but for me, i like something that looks good next to my macbook pro.
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