My Passport Studio WDBAAE

The Good The Western Digital My Passport Studio supports FireWire 800, FireWire 400, and USB 2.0 connections. It has a sleek compact and portable design with a customizable electronic label.

The Bad The My Passport Studio doesn't support USB 3.0 and its FireWire performance could be faster. Its backup software doesn't allow for much customization, and its cost per gigabyte is relatively high.

The Bottom Line Western Digital designed and preformats the My Passport Studio for use with Macs; however, it works well as a portable external storage solution for Windows and OS X, as long as USB 2.0 is your connection of choice.

Editors' Rating
  • Setup 6.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 7.0
  • Support 7.0
6.8 Overall

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Review

My Passport Studio WDBAAE

If Western Digital had made its new Digital My Passport Studio USB 3.0 compatible, it would make the most versatile pocket-size external hard drive on the market. Instead, it only supports FireWire 400, FireWire 800, and USB 2.0 connections. Still, it's a handy portable drive that offers up to 640GB of storage and has a cool electronic label that works even when the drive is unplugged.

The drive performed well when connected via USB 2.0, but its FireWire connections' speeds were much slower than we expected, at least with Windows. Nonetheless, if you need a sleek-looking portable external hard drive for about $200, the 640GB My Passport Studio is a decent storage device. The drive also comes in smaller capacities, 500GB and 320GB, that cost about $180 and $150, respectively.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $180
  • Brand Western Digital Corp.
  • Capacity 640 GB
  • Hard Drive Type external hard drive
  • Interface Type IEEE 1394b (FireWire 800) / IEEE1394 (FireWire) / USB 2.0
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model 640GB, winter 2010

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