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Western Digital My Passport Studio Mobile 500 GB USB 2.0/Firewire External Hard Drive

3.8 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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  • USB and Firewire Interfaces - save and access data at top speeds with the high-performance FireWire 800 interface. Also includes FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 interfaces for maximum flexibility
  • Turbo powered - Includes high-speed turbo drivers for maximum performance (Mac only)
  • Illuminated Capacity Gauge - connect to your computer and see at a glance how much space is available on your drive
  • Compatible with Apple Time Machine - use with Apple's Time Machine, or your favourite back up software
  • Designed for Mac, works with Windows - designed for use with Macintosh computers, but can be easily reformatted for use with Windows PCs

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Technical Details
BrandWestern Digital
Item Weight181 g
Product Dimensions8.1 x 12.7 x 1.8 cm
Item model numberWDMT5000TE
Hard Drive Size500 GB
Number of USB 2.0 Ports1
  
Additional Information
ASINB001ILFDDO
Best Sellers Rank 237,800 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight440 g
Date First Available8 Jun. 2007
  
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Equipped with FireWire and USB 2
0 interfaces, and formatted for Mac, this portable hard drive is perfect for Mac users on the go
Use it to pack up your office files and take them home, carry thousands of songs or pictures and back up your Mac laptop using Apple Time Machine

 
 Product Description My Passport Studio WDMT5000 - hard drive - 500 GB - FireWire / FireWire 800 / Hi-Speed USB 
 Type Hard drive - external 
 Dimensions (WxDxH) 8.1 cm x 12.7 cm x 1.8 cm 
 Weight 180 g 
 Localisation Middle East, Africa, Europe&nb

Box Contains

  • Hard drive
  • FireWire 800 cable
  • USB 2.0 cable
  • FireWire 800 to 400 cable
  • Drawstring bag
  • Quick Install Guide


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    Since purchasing the drive it has worked flawlessly backing up my files. I have it connected to a MacBook Pro using Firewire 800 with my files being backed up using Time Machine. I also use Superduper to undertake a clone backup and, contrary to another reviewers comments, I have found it works very well as a Start up Drive.

    The drive is small, light and very quiet. The cables provided are short but adequate.

    Highly recommended if you have a Mac.
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    I purchased this drive mainly for Time Machine backups with a view to also using it as the destination drive for small-scale video editing on my MacBook laptop to increase performance a little.

    The drive has a 'Turbo' function that claims to boost performance but if you search on the internet reviews say it has limited impact - they say about 4% and I found about the same. The LED disk usage indicator also claims about 100MB of disk space(!) which, lets face it, is pretty easy to find out anyway. Besides, it only works while it's powered up so I can't really see the point.

    So why 4 stars? Well, at the time of writing the capacity is good for a firewire drive at this price with a great warranty. The performance is OK, the metal casing is nice and you get 3 cable types in the box (FW800, FW400 and USB2).

    If you forget the WD marketing on the 'Turbo' & usage gauge feature the only other downer is that the cables aren't very bendy - not a big issue but something more flexible would have been nice. Overall though, worth the money from a price/performance/warranty perspective.
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    I bought this drive and had continued problems with it randomly ejecting from my Macbook pro. This is a common problem with Macbook Pro users and is likely to be that the drive demands a lot of power through the Firewire cable. Macbook Pro users should avoid this drive. I had to return the drive for this reason, so I can make no comments on any other performance.

    Drive build quality is reasonable but let down by the terribly flimsy slide socket cover. Definatley likely to scratch. Looks nice and is very small.
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