My Passport Studio review

Western Digital has always done a good job with its Studio range of hard drives for the Mac, and this portable ‘Passport’ model is no exception. The Passport Studio has WD’s traditional slimline, silver-grey design and provides 250GB of storage that’s pre-formatted for use with Macs (160GB and 320GB also available).

The drive has both USB 2.0 and FireWire 400 interfaces, which provide good performance when backing up large amounts of files – 77 seconds for our 2GB backup test with the FireWire 400 port – and there’s a clever little capacity gauge that shows how much space you’ve used on the drive.


This gauge is situated on the back of the drive, which seemed odd until we noticed that the gauge slides over the USB and FireWire ports when the drive isn’t being used so that it acts as a protective cover for the delicate connectors. Admittedly, the Passport Studio is a bit more expensive than, say, the 250GB Buffalo drive, but its neat design and FireWire interface make it a good choice for Mac users.

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