Western Digital My Passport Studio II

Fat, fast and versatile.

Western Digital My Passport Studio II
  • Western Digital My Passport Studio II
  • Western Digital My Passport Studio II
  • Western Digital My Passport Studio II
  • Expert Rating

    4.25 / 5

Pros

  • Fast, FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 connectivity

Cons

  • Boring design, larger and more expensive than the Passport Elite

Bottom Line

Although it is bigger and more expensive than the near-identical Elite, the Western Digital My Passport Studio II provides lots of storage space and a FireWire 800 connection on top of the usual USB 2.0 port. If you have FireWire 400 or 800 ports on your computer, then it may be worth having a look.

Would you buy this?

The Western Digital My Passport Studio II may use the same boring design as the My Passport Elite 320GB and the My Passport Elite, but it is different in two big ways: it's fatter and it's more versatile.

The Studio II looks like a Western Digital Elite that has eaten too many files and let itself go. Measuring 127(L)x82(W)x20(H)mm, this unit will be slightly harder to fit into a pocket than the Elite.

Behind a sliding dust cover and to the left of the mini-USB port sits a FireWire 800 connection. This greatly increases the potential transfer speeds of this device, as long as you have a computer with the appropriate port.

The heart of this portable drive is the Western Digital Scorpio Blue (WD5000BEVT). It has a 5400rpm spin speed, an 8MB cache and two 250GB internal platters; when we tested the Scorpio we gave it a very good rating of 4.25 stars. The hard drive is formatted in HFS+ for Apple computers by default, so Windows users will need to reformat the drive to NTFS or FAT 32 in order to use it.

We benchmarked the Studio II by transferring 5GB worth of files between it and a test PC equipped with a 7200rpm Seagate Barracuda ES2.

When connected via USB 2.0, the Studio II managed to get read and write speeds of 30.28 megabytes per second and 24.43MBps, respectively. We then transferred the data folder from one location on the Studio II to another, achieving an average speed of 13.72MBps. The results almost match those of the My Passport Elite.

Things kicked up a notch when we used a FireWire 400 connection (using the supplied FireWire 800 to FireWire 400 cable). The read and write speeds increased to 37.61MBps and 27.13MBps, respectively, and copying files from one part of the drive to another occurred at 16.26MBps. If you've got a computer that has a FireWire 800 port, you can expect even faster results.

The Studio II has a formatted capacity of 465GB, which equates to a cost per gigabyte of 81.5 cents. Its retail price is $10 more than the Seagate FreeAgent Go, but that unit is slower and less versatile.

Mac users will get a lot out of this drive, but PC users who don't have a computer that supports 6-pin FireWire 400 or FireWire 800 connections or don't care about the increase in speed should stick with the Elite and save $60. The Elite is also smaller and more stylish drive.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?