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.