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WD My Passport Studio drives get FireWire 800

updated 09:40 am EDT, Thu October 30, 2008

WD adds FireWire 800

Western Digital released a new My Passport Studio portable drive with a high-speed FireWire 800 interface. The drive ships pre-formatted with HFS+ and includes high-speed turbo drivers for use with Mac computers, and is capable of working directly with the recently introduced Apple MacBook Pro as well as desktops equipped with the faster port. Other connection options include FireWire 400 and USB for owners connecting to legacy machines.

An illuminated capacity gauge tells users how much space is available in the drive, while power is also drawn from the FireWire or USB connection, making an AC power supply unnecessary. The new My Passport Studio can also be used to backup Mac laptops using Apple's Time Machine application; they can also be reformatted to work with the Windows OS.

Now available in stores and online, the 500GB My Passport Studio with the FireWire 800/400 interface is priced at nearly $250, while the 400GB model costs about $230.

By Electronista Staff


  1. DrunkenTech

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Nov 2005


    USB for legacy machines..

    And those of you with a new MacBook and no alternative...

    Damn you, Apple!

  1. revco

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    Joined: May 2005


    Oh yeah, FW is so dead

    Apple drops FW and now more vendors are releasing FW400/800 products. You'd think they might try talking to each other.

  1. roberto

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    Joined: Jun 2007


    looks good, BUT...

    ...i was a WD virgin before buying 3 WD passport drives in feb '08 (2x250 1x320) and they've all given me problems : ((

    after saving over 200GB of data on the 250GB unit, i then went on holiday, came back and plugged it in whereupon it thought it was 1TB drive

    the drive is now with a data-recovery company who want FROM $950 gst to get my files back

    needless to say, i won't be 'experimenting' with WD again anytime soon

    just hoping apple will update the chip in the TC and add the new 1.5TB seagate drive :-)

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