Western Digital 500GB My Passport Studio External Hard Drive Review

Western Digital 500GB My Passport Studio External Hard Drive

Western Digital has for many years been one of the world leaders in hard drive manufacture and they always remain at the cutting edge when it comes to the latest in HDD technology. This sleek, portable little number is no exception when it comes to what you would expect from WD.

Whilst the HDD is formatted for Mac OS, it’s also compatible with Windows and is the perfect accessory for those within the creative industry as its 500GB storage should be ample for use away from your desktop PC or Mac.

The My Passport Studio is aesthetically very pleasing as it has been inspired by Mac design with a sleek, black, metal enclosure which is unobtrusive, small and compact. It has two super-fast FireWire 800 ports, making it ideal for fast transfer rates for both photographs and video.

Whilst in these days of drives reaching  storage of up to 2TB, this external hard drive holds up to 100,000 photos, 38 hours of video and up to 125,000 songs, which should be enough additional storage space to please even the most demanding creative professional.

The drive is fully compatible with Apple Time Machine, has a password protection facility for security, as well as hardware encryption. As it has two FireWire ports, it’s also possible to ‘daisy chain’ an additional external drive to the Passport Studio in order to swap data around at super-fast speeds and have even more storage options available to you. There is also a USB 2.0 interface for additional connectivity.

With WD Security, not only can you protect the drive from unauthorised access, but you can also use WD Drive Utilities for setting security up, running diagnostics and formatting for Mac HFS+ so that it works instantly with your Mac computer. However, the drive can also be reformatted for Windows so it’s not just Mac users who can take advantage of this great little drive.

My Passport Studio is powered via the USB or FireWire connection when it’s attached to your computer, doing away with the need to take power adapters with you when you are out and about.

The drive is shock resistant both inside and out so you can be sure that it will run at high performance at all times and is robust enough to carry around with you wherever you go.

Western Digital My Passport Studio specifications:

  • Interface: FireWire 800, USB 2.0
  • Serial Transfer rate: FireWire 800 Mb/s (Max), USB 2.0 480 Mb/s (Max)
  • Capacity: 500GB
  • Dimensions: 19 x 126.0 x 84mm (H x D x W)
  • Weight: 0.25 kg
  • Operating temperature: 41° F to 95° F