Now, WD is doing the same thing for its My Passport Studio drive. Aimed at Mac users, the Studio substitutes USB 3.0 ports for a pair of FireWire 800 ports and a USB 2.0 input.
Of course, the big question is, why bother? After all, FireWire 800 is largely being replaced in Macs by Thunderbolt, making the I/O less and less significant by the day. Barring that reality, for those who own and regularly use their Mac's FireWire ports, the latest My Passport is a solid - albeit pricy - option.
Available now, the My Passport Studio sells for $299.