Western Digital My Passport Studio 320GB

A handsome pre-formatted drive that could use some toughening up

This is the third version of Western Digital's My Passport Studio pocket drive, and it should appeal to anyone who needs a drive for backing up data on the road. Just slip it in your suitcase and away you go.

Three different types of Passport drive are sold by Western Digital; the other two being the Elite and Essential versions. The Studio is the only version pre-formatted for Mac, and the only one with a FireWire 400 option.

This drive has a clever port array that lets the FireWire 400 cable split where it joins the drive; one part supplies the power and the other ferries the data. We tested the read and write speeds of both FW400 and USB protocols and found them to be in line with predictions, and acceptable.

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MusicRadar Rating

4 / 5 stars
Pros

Large capacity but pocket-sized. Bus-powered. Good looks. Long warranty

Cons

Not the cheapest. Creaky build quality

Verdict

This pocket drive has good looks, a chunky amount of storage and a long warranty

OS requirements

Apple Mac OS 10.4 or later Microsoft Windows 2000 Microsoft Windows XP Microsoft Windows Vista

Capacity

320

Internal/External

External

Interfaces

Firewire USB

Drive speed

5400

Cache size

8

Features

5 year warranty

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