Western Digital My Passport Studio 1TB review

The smartest of portable WD drives

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  • Large capacity
  • All metal enclosure
  • FireWire and USB


  • Could be faster

The Western Digital My Passport Studio 1TB is a pocket-sized portable hard drive and is well designed and robust.

Eschewing Western Digital's book-shaped plastic casing, the latest My Passport Studio drive is all metal, with a brushed aluminium chassis and matt black lid. It looks fantastic and doesn't pick up fingerprints.

The version we're reviewing here is 1TB in capacity, and offers both FireWire 800 and USB connectivity. Like all FireWire 800 drives it can also be connected to a FW400 port, but you have to supply your own lead or adapter.

Perhaps surprisingly, USB connectivity is through Micro-B USB, a standard that's becoming de rigueur for mobile phones, but is less common on hard drives.

A couple of applications are bundled. WD Drive Utilities lets you run diagnostics on the drive, set a sleep timer, wipe it clean and register your purchase. With WD Security, you can password-protect your data to keep it from prying eyes.

Unlike the 7200rpm Iomega eGo, the My Passport Studio 1TB uses a slower 5400rpm hard drive. This is reflected in our benchmarking tests' random average read/write speeds.

Using a FireWire 800 connection, the Western Digital drive gave us 7.905/14.822MB/s, and with USB, 7.623/12.365MB/s. These speeds are entirely acceptable, but can't match the eGo Portable HD Mac Edition's 7200rpm hard drive.

If you're likely to spend a lot of time copying large files to and from your portable hard drive, the Iomega eGo Portable HD Mac Edition might be worth the extra money. But for most users, the Western Digital My Passport Studio 1TB is the superior option.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeHard Drive
Product FamilyMy Passport Studio
Brand NameWD
Drive TypeExternal
Storage Capacity1 TB
Host InterfaceUSB 2.0, FireWire/i.LINK 800
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Height22.9 mm
Width83.8 mm
Depth127 mm

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ManufacturerWestern Digital Corporation
Product ModelWDBK8A0010BBK-EESN
Product NameMy Passport Studio Hard Drive
Package TypeRetail
Product LineMy Passport Studio
Manufacturer Part NumberWDBK8A0010BBK-EESN
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.wdc.com
Marketing Information

My Passport Studio comes standard with the high-performance features and premium style that creative professionals demand. Two super-fast FireWire 800 ports, massive capacity, password protection, and a MacBook-inspired, metal enclosure make this drive the ideal companion for the photographer, videographer, graphic artist, or creative professional on the go.

Package Contents
  • My Passport Studio Hard Drive
  • FireWire 800 Cable
  • USB 2.0 Cable
  • Quick Install Guide
Limited Warranty3 Year
Weight (Approximate)308.4 g