WD launches 1 TB Mac-only My Passport and Passport Studio hard drives

WD launches 1 TB Mac-only My Passport and Passport Studio hard drives

Summary: WD beefs up My Passport Studio hard drive with dual FireWire ports for creative professionals, while keeping My Passport 'ultra-compact and lightweight' for frequent flyers.

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Western Digital knows full well its lineup of hard drives for Mac need to offer the storage capacity Mac enthusiasts are looking for, without sacrificing the hardware's style, size or workmanship. That's why the hard drive manufacturer is upping its popular family of hard drives for Mac -- the My Passport Studio and My Passport -- to 1 TB, while keeping their look minimalistic and iPhone 4-like.

My Passport Studio

The My Passport Studio hard drive (the black WD device) is geared for creative professionals who use their Macs to handle large media files like magazine-quality photos and 1080p HD videos. That's why the Studio drive is equipped with two FireWire 800 ports and one micro-USB 2.0 connector so it can transfer large files quickly, and connect with as many devices as possible. It can even "daisy chain" with other hard drives or other gadgets like a HD camcorder if necessary. Housed in a metal, scratch resistant enclosure, the 500 GB Studio starts at $130, the 750 GB for $160, and $180 for the 1 TB version.

My Passport for Mac

The My Passport line (the silver WD device), on the other hand, is for consumers and frequent flyers who just need something portable (with more capacity than a flash drive or SD card) that they can slip into their bag wherever they take their Macs. According to its press release, My Passport is "ultra-compact and lightweight," and only connects to the computer via its USB 2.0 port, which makes for a great travel companion as you wouldn't need to pack multiple cords just to your access files. At just $100 for 500 GB, $120 for 750 GB and $130 for 1 TB, My Passport drives' prices are easier to stomach than the My Passport Studio's.

Both sets of WD hard drives also offer security features like built-in support for Time Machine to backup your important files, and will ship with encryption and password protection software.

You can find My Passport Studio and My Passport hard drives on WD's website now or wait till they arrive in select retailers soon.

[Source: WD press release]

Topics: Apple, Hardware

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  • MAC Only

    Surely you can just format / convert it to the correct file system to support both?
    PsiCoRe
    • RE: WD launches 1 TB Mac-only My Passport and Passport Studio hard drives

      @PsiCoRe And what is the correct file system?
      Rick_Kl
      • RE: WD launches 1 TB Mac-only My Passport and Passport Studio hard drives

        @Rick_Kl maybe NTFS for Windows or Linux unless this thing can tell what version of OS your using its not Mac-only, it just equipped better for Mac. Just reformat it in Linux. Also if im not mistaken mac can read NTFS.
        riycou
      • RE: WD launches 1 TB Mac-only My Passport and Passport Studio hard drives

        @riycou - what about ExFAT? Without modification, OS X 10.6.8 and 10.7 can read and write it, as can Windows XP SP3/Vista SP1/7. There's also a driver for the file system for Linux.
        Champ_Kind
      • RE: WD launches 1 TB Mac-only My Passport and Passport Studio hard drives

        @Rick_Kl The Mac OS has a tool in their utility folder that allows you to format an external drive in the "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" format that Mac expects. Mac can also read NTFS formatted drives using an interface called NTFS-3G from http://www.tuxera.com/ntfs/lion-is-here/. There's a free or paid version.
        ChuckEAG@...
  • RE: WD launches 1 TB Mac-only My Passport and Passport Studio hard drives

    If they fixed the spin down issues of their other drives I would buy it but I loose time all day waiting for their drives to spin up after not saving for a min or two. VERY VERY VERY frustrating.
    NotTellinYou
  • And people say the Apple tax is just hype...

    $130 for the one with "FOR MAC" printed on the side and between $75 and $110 for the one without. Must be that expensive Ink.
    Scubajrr
    • RE: WD launches 1 TB Mac-only My Passport and Passport Studio hard drives

      @Scubajrr

      The one that says 'for Mac' is the cheaper one.

      Feel foolish? You should.
      msalzberg
  • Here's what piques my interest in the pricing...

    How is the FW800 bridge $30 more for the 500, $40 more for the 750, and $50 more for the 1TB? Maybe if WD is using a faster mechanism in the studio drives than in the standard drives the price difference can be justified as you climb the size ladder, but something tells me both models use the same 5400 rpm mechanisms.
    Champ_Kind