When I saw that my internal hard drive was starting to fail, I looked for a quality external hard drive that I could back up all my data onto. And I found it! This hard drive has a ton of space- 1 terabyte. I was able to backup my entire hard drive with plenty room for extra stuff like photos and music. I've only had it for about one year, but so far it's been very reliable!
Portabilty and capacity
This little storage device is extremely portable and uses the newer USB 3.0. It is backward compatible with the USB 2.0 standard. Very large capacity and great for backing up any or all your files. Storing photo and music files top off this collection.
Geat portabal hard drive
I have been owning this WD 1TB my passport portable hard drive for 6 months, and it's working great as expected. First the size is right. It's tiny enough for me to carry it every day in my backpack so that I can install my software any time I like. Secondly, it's very reliable. WD has the great reputation for the dependability of its product, and this is the one you can trust. I don't have any issue to retrieve and store the information . Thirdly the addon software is a bonus, especially the encryption allows to be confident of the security of the data. Lastly the price is good. Although it's a little more expensive than the 3.5 inch external hard drive, yet the size of this product definitely is worth it.
Needham Heights, MA
Small and Powerful
It is easy to use and works great. The one thing that is not so good is the cord form the passport to the computer. It falls off easy, which can cause problems with the document you are saving. Otherwise it works great for both Mac and Windows. You can only use if for either Mac or Windows. If you save documents from your Mac on it and go to use it on your Windows it will ask to format it. Once you format you loose everything. So you have decided which computer type you will use it for.
Grand Rapids, MI
WD ups the ante in the dive wars with Seagate
The plug-n-play, 10.9oz WD My Passport Studio 1TB External HHD is especially designed for an Apple Mac computer and is fitted with dual Firewire 800 ports as well as a mini-USB 2.0 port. In addition the drive ships formatted for Mac; HFS+ Journaled (Apple Extended) so that it is compatible with Mac's back-up software, Apple Time Machine right out of the box. And indeed that is the drives only function on my desk, to back-up my iMac. Note: the WD My Passport Studio 1TB External HHD can be formatted for Windows (NTFS or FAT32).
The all-black with silver aluminum trim, 3.5" external hard drive has no moving parts; the only way to tell if it's on is a small, very small, blue LED in the back of the unit which blinks when in power save mode. If you touch the drive while it is being written to, you can feel it spinning, however it generates very little heat, and absolutely no discernible noise.
Western Digital also includes a technology called the Power miser which utilizes the company's (trademarked) WD GreenPower Technology that lowers internal drive power consumption by up to 30%. A sleep mode reduces power during idle times, and a power-saving feature turns the drive on and off with your computer.
The 7200RPM 800 Mb/s 1.0TB My Passport drive connects via a Firewire 800 or USB 2.0 port and can be used with Mac OS X, Tiger, Leopard, and Snow Leopard as well as Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7.
According to Western Digital product literature the WD My Passport Studio 1TB External HHD can hold:
• Up to 285,000 digital photos
• Up to 250,000 songs (MP3)
• Up to 25,000 songs (uncompressed CD quality)
• Up to 76 hours of Digital Video (DV)
• Up to 440 hours of DVD quality video
• Up to 120 hours of HD video
I attached this drive to my Apple iMac 21.5" Desktop Computer desktop computer running Mac OSX Lion. I unpacked the neatly packed drive plugged in the Firewire 800 cable (included) into an available port while the desktop was on-line. Note: there is not power cable! With the Mac there is nothing to install or configure; the drive just showed up on my desktop ready for use with Apple Time Machine.
Unfortunately, Windows 95/98 users will not be able to utilize this drive because the Windows 95 (OS) does not support USB, and Windows 98/SE has no native support for USB 2.0. The drive may or may not work with Windows Me. There was an upgrade to Windows 95 that supports USB version 1.0, but it was released only to OEM vendors; and in any case the WD My Passport Studio 1TB External HHD is not backwards compatible to USB version 1.0 or 1.1.
Note to Windows XP & 7 Users: be advised, that if you have an over abundance of mapped drives already on your computer, as I do, Windows 7/Vista/XP may not assign the HHD the next open drive letter; this has happen to me on a number of occasions. If after installing or attaching the WD My Passport Studio 1TB External HHD and you get the message that new hardware has been found and is now available for use, but the drive is not assigned a drive letter, you must go to Control Panel /Administrative Tools/ Computer Manager/ Disk Manager, to manually assign the drive letter, or reassign the CD-ROM(s), an alternate drive letter. I have taken to assigning my CD-Rom's down to the bottom of the letter tree; drive Y and Z are my favorites. Alternatively, you can right-click on My Computer, click on Manage and then click on Disk Manager.
The WD My Passport Studio 1TB External HHD is high capacity, reliable (thus far and I don't expect that to change), and transportable (if the need arises). The small, black, nearly unobtrusive drive warrants serious consideration if you need to backup large quantities of files on a continual basis, or just want to supplement your computers' storage space.
The dual Firewire 800 ports means the drives can be chained together for more flexibility if the need arises. In addition the drive draws its power form the port abrogating the need for additional power outlets.
For those who might need a portable drive, the WD My Passport Studio 1TB External HHD will most surely fit the bill. Small enough to put in ones pocket the drive will also easily fit in even the smallest backpack, so it goes where you go. If you want a small footprint, high capacity, affordable external hard drive from an established name in the business, look no further than the affordable WD My Passport Studio 1TB External HHD.
Features & Specifications
Model No. WDBK8A0010BBK-NESN
Capacity (Native) - 1.0TB
Capacity (Formatted Apple Extended) - 999.7GB
Capacity (Formatted NTFS) - 968GB
Compatibility - Mac, PC
Interface Type - Hi-Speed Firewire 800, USB 2.0
Connector - 2x Firewire 800, 1x Mini- pin USB
Data Transfer Rate - 800 Mbps (Hi-Speed USB)
Average Seek Time - 8.5 ms
Spindle Speed - 7200 rpm
Power Management - Built-in
Manufacturer Warranty - 3 year limited warranty
Western Digital 1TB Passport External Hard Drive
I have been in love with the lower prices on technology the last 7 or so years and for me the way that bulk storage devices are not only getting bigger in capacity, but smaller in size, is just icing on the cake.
I bought the Western Digitial Passport 1 TB hard drive because well...I wanted additional storage for my computer and it was cheap on Black Friday. So, I ran out, stood in line and got it. And I have been overjoyed with it since!
For one, for a 1TB hard drive this sucker is about the size of a pack of cigarettes and will fit in an interior pocket on your jacket. This comes in really handy, if like my husband, you need to transfer files around from a work computer to home and back again. He can do his billing on my computer at home, show them to his boss at the office, print them out there and be done and then head over to his parent's house and show them the newest pictures of the grandkids that I have loaded onto another folder on the hard drive. I LOVE that type of versatility in a device. The only thing you need is a USB cable to get the job done, which what computer doesn't have a USB port anymore right?
And the best part, for me, is that all of the software for these external hard drives is internal so you can just plug them into a computer and you just IMMEDIATELY have storage. I still have nightmares of the old F-Disking days for partitioning space on the old slave drives, so I'm still not over my love of the simplicity that these devices afford you. I would definitely recommend this device to others and am VERY happy I made this purchase.
Western Digital My Passport Essential SE 1 TB USB 3.0 and USB 2.
I was looking for something with a lot of storage space, so I could back up my computer, store all my pictures, and the files from a project I'm starting - making digital copies of hundreds of cassette tapes. One terabyte sounded like a good size, so I started researching external hard drives. I know that if I'm going to actually use it, a portable one is best. And is this baby portable! You see how small it is in the picture. It makes absolutely no noise, and it only gets a little warm when in use. When you set it up, your computer may tell you a driver is missing. Western Digital hard drives, however, do not require drivers. Just plug it in and use it like you would a memory stick. (I think they should tell you this somewhere on the box - instructions are minimal.) It's supposed to automatically back up your computer or something, but I haven't gotten that figured out yet. I just manually backed it up. I've only had this a short while, but so far I have no complaints. Western Digital is the most trusted name in external hard drives, so I'm not expecting any problems.
Western Digital 1TB My Passport Essential SE USB 3.0 Portable External, WDBACX0010BBKSN USB 2.0 Hard Drive