Western Digital 500GB My Passport Studio - Disco duro externo (500 GB, FireWire 800, USB 2.0, 480 Mbit/s, 800 Mbit/s, Negro, 5 - 35 °C)
Descripción del producto
Adaptador de energía externo: No
Altura: 1,9 cm
Ancho: 8,4 cm
Cables incluidos: FireWire, USB
Cantidad de puertos USB 2.0: 1
Capacidad de disco duro: 500 GB
Color del producto: Negro
Conectar y usar (Plug and Play): Si
FireWire 800: Si
Interfaz del disco duro: FireWire 800, USB 2.0
Intervalo de temperatura operativa: 5 - 35 °C
Manual de usuario: Si
Profundidad: 12,6 cm
Sistemas operativos compatibles: Windows XP, Vista, 7
Mac OS X Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion
Tasa de transferencia de datos USB: 480 Mbit/s
Tasa de transferencia de datos de FireWire: 800 Mbit/s
USB con suministro de corriente: Si
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You begin with 999.73 GB available, and 302.6 MB of something already on the disk, which means you have almost the entire disk at your disposal. I'd say that is pretty good.
The disk comes with some security and utility software you can install on your Mac (presumably, Windows users could reformat the drive and use it as well, but not the software). It enables you to do things like password protect your hard disk, wipe your data, and so forth. It claims on the website that it will encrypt your drive, but I don't see a setting for that anywhere. Perhaps it is encrypted and I just don't know it?
The disk is considerably heavier and larger than my sleek WD "Essential" drive, but the construction is much more rugged, with a thick metal casing. Compared to protected hard drives by other manufacturers, it is still relatively compact and lightweight. It is a difficult balance to strike, but WD has done a good job here.
It seems pretty fast with Firewire, but to be honest, I don't see a huge difference. Whatever the actual speed is, I suppose I feel better using Firewire instead of USB! Of course, it also comes with a USB connection if you want to go that route.
If you are looking for a rugged, high-quality drive, with security features, and Firewire, then this is it. However, if you are more interested in a lightweight, inexpensive 1TB drive, then you may want to consider the WD "Essential."
I bought the drive in September 2012. I never used it with Time Machine; I just used it as a second backup drive, regularly copying my main work files and others that I wanted to archive from the iMac's internal hard drive. The drive worked OK for a while.
When I access the drive now, however, I initially see a blank window with an incessant spinning ball (busy) icon. After a few minutes, the drive contents display, but I cannot view the contents of any folder. Double-clicking on a folder simply re-invokes the spinning ball. Because of the drive's sluggish non-responsiveness, I had to force quit the Finder and restart my machine twice today. When I try to eject the drive, I get the same messages that other users have reported: Another process is running. I finally had to force eject.
Western Digital offers no troubleshooting information for this problem. If I can get the drive to work again, I'll copy my data elsewhere and cut my losses. I will never buy another Western Digital product.
But the real beauty of this drive is its speed. For a small, external hard drive without its own power source (it draws power from the computer to which it is connected), this is a very speedy little drive. It has two Firewire 800 ports (you can daisy chain another drive or peripheral), and one USB 2.0 port. I ran two speed tests transferring large files to the drive using both the Firewire and USB ports. I ran this test on two different machines, and the results were impressive--especially the Firewire 800 speeds, which were over twice as fast as the USB 2.0 speeds.
Speed test #1:
5.93GB file (mp4) transferred to the drive from a 2010 27" iMac i5 (2.66GHz 8MB RAM):
Firewire 800: transfer took 1:33.8 minutes
USB 2.0: transfer took 3:16.7 minutes
Speed test #2:
7.0GB file (database) transferred to the drive from a 2011 21.5" iMac (2.5GHz 4MB RAM):
Firewire 800: transfer took 2:03.2 minutes
USB 2.0: transfer took 4:12.9 minutes
For an external hard drive of this size without its own power source, these are impressive numbers. The size is also worth commenting on--when it arrived I was quite surprised at how much smaller it was than I expected. It fits easily and entirely in my hand, and when laid next to my iPhone 4S it is really not much bigger. Compared to my iPhone, the drive is about the same length, about 1" wider, and about .3" thicker. Impressively small.
I have other external hard drives from Western Digital, as well as drives from Iomega and Fantom. This little My Passport Studio however is the best of the bunch, and my new favorite for its speed, its portability, and its great looks.