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WD adds 2TB My Passport Studio drive just for Macs

updated 10:55 am EDT, Tue April 3, 2012

My Passport Studio now available in 2TB capacity

Western Digital just added a new 2TB capacity for its Mac OS X-oriented My Passport Studio external hard drive range. Other capacities include 500GB, 750GB, and 1TB, and the all-metal hard drive is compatible with Apple's Time Machine back-up feature out of the box. There is no power adapter needed when users plug it in using the USB 2.0 interface or one of the two FireWire 800 ports, which also boosts transfer speeds.

For security, there is hardware-based encryption and password protection. Unlike in the past, however, the current My Passport Studios don't have e-paper displays that indicate available capacity.

The 2TB version of the drive costs $300. It can be reformatted to support Windows operating systems as well.




By Electronista Staff
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  1. bobolicious

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    Joined: Aug 2002

    +3

    2T via USB 2

    ...how much fun is that...?

  1. Jubeikiwagami

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    Joined: Dec 2011

    +2

    Pricey

    Sorry, but $300 bucks for a 2TB ( no matter how pretty ) external HD is a bit too much.

  1. Geoduck

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    Joined: Jan 2010

    0

    Thunderbird?

    When you get up to the 2TB range (or even 1Tb) USB2 just doesn't cut it any more. FireWire is fine but with ThunderBird, I wonder if it will be on the Mac for much longer.

  1. climacs

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    Joined: Sep 2001

    +1

    ThunderBird?

    lol what a bolt.

  1. Jeronimo2000

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    Joined: Aug 2001

    +2

    @climacs

    Look at the poster's name. That's probably where the confusion arose. :)

  1. Jeronimo2000

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    @Jubeikiwagami

    It's that same old lame trick. These companies think "We slap a 'For Mac!' sticker on it and charge double. People who buy Macs have money and are probably stupid enough not to realise they can buy just any old drive".

    Sadly, it seems like these companies aren't totally wrong with that assessment. As long as people are buying overpriced c***, overpriced c*** will be offered.

  1. ricardogf

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    -1

    Huh?

    No Thunderbolt, no relevance for such a hard drive...it's as simple as that.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

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    Re: Huh?

    No Thunderbolt, no relevance for such a hard drive...it's as simple as that.

    Seriously? Then I guess no hard drive has relevance, for, in case you didn't notice, thunderbolt hasn't exactly set the world on fire in terms of peripherals. You can barely find anything for Thunderbolt, including what should be the easy stuff, like SATA or USB adapters. Right now, Thunderbolt is about as niche of an interface as you can get (and that includes firewire!).

  1. Grendelmon

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Dec 2007

    +1

    How exactly is this

    ...just for macs?

  1. martinX

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    Negative Nellies

    There's a lot of negative - and uninformed - comments here about this device. Firstly, it's 2 TB and requires no external power source. I am amazed people aren't amazed. That's awesome just on its own. Secondly, there is a PC version and it has a single USB3 port. No daisy chaining, no nothing. If your PC doesn't have USB3, you're back to USB 2. The Mac version has FW800 and USB2 so if you're moving it around the place, you're covered for both Macs and PCs (and MacBook Airs). Daisy chaining means you could have two of these, one being a clone of the other and only using one port. Lack of Thunderbolt: big deal. Putting a TB port in a drive doesn't make it transfer data faster. These are 2.5" drives. They aren't fast. In order to really use TB speeds you need SSDs, which will set you back a lot more than any minor price difference between the FW800 version and non-FW800 version of this drive. You want to complain, get Apple to put USB3 ports in, and then tell WD you want 2 x FW800 ports and a USB3 port. And then buy the damn product.

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