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The Western Digital My Passport Studio model is a high-end external hard drive that is designed for both in-home, business use.

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transfer speeds are excellent, very fast connection on almost everything

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setup is simple, just plug-and-play

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whisper-quiet during normal operation, generally can't hear it at all

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small, slim, and light enough to be carried around in your bag along with a laptop

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has a nice, clean finish that looks modern and sleek

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Western Digital has a proven track record for long-lasting drives, gives you peace of mind that this will be reliable for a long time

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doesn't force you to use a cumbersome bit of backup software - can be used as an extra large thumb drive

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firewire jack is a little loose

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sliding cover for the jacks is made of cheap plastic

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The Western Digital My Passport Studio model is a high-end external hard drive that is designed for both in-home, and business use. The Passport Studio hard drive is built with a very slim and compact body that is encompassed in a slip-free soft touch finish so that the drive is easier to grip. It features an available, 500GB, 400GB, or 320GB storage capacity, with an 8mb drive cache and a speed of 5400rpm. The Passport Studio hard drive comes with support for safe shutdown software which prevents the hard drive from being shut down while files are being transferred, an energy efficient functionality that automatically turns the hard drive on and off with the connected computer, and plug and play storage functionality which means that it is compatible with all PC's and Mac's without any lengthy installation. Western Digital also claims the Passport Studio drives are compatible with a large variety of gaming consoles as well. The Passport Studio models include interface support for Firewire 400, 800 and USB 2.0 to provide maximum compatibility options. In addition the Passport Studio hard drive models also come with a built in illuminated capacity gauge, full compatibility with Apple Time Machine back up software, and special mac formatting for true Mac user support (can be easily reformatted for windows).

  • Slim, compact body design surrounded in a soft touch and slip free finish
  • Safe Shutdown software
  • Automatic, install-free, plug-in support for both PC and Mac computers
  • Compatible with a variety of gaming consoles
  • Energy efficient functionality
  • Full Apple Time Machine back up software compatibility
  • Special Mac formatting
  • Built in, illuminated, capacity gauge
  • USB 2.0, and Firewire 400/800 interface support
  • Drive Size: 500GB, 400GB,  or 320GB
  • Drive Cache: 8mb
  • Drive Speed: 5400rpm
  • Transfer Rate (Max): 480Mbits/ sec
  • Weight: 0.40 lbs
  • Dimensions (H x L x W): 0.709" x 4.99" x 3.189"
  • Operating Temperature: 32° F to 104° F
What It Holds (500GB Drive)
  • Up to 142,000 digital photos
  • Up to 125,000 MP3 songs
  • Up to 12,000 songs (uncompressed CD quality music)
  • Up to 38 hours of digital video (DV)
  • Up to 220 hours of DVD quality video
  • Up to 60 hours of HD video
System Requirements
  • Available USB port
  • Windows 2000/XP/Vista
  • Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later
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