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Western Digital My Passport Studio 640 GB Portable Hard Disk Drive

Today, we are going to take a look at one of Western Digital's portable drives for the Mac market - the 640 GB Western Digital My Passport Studio. Of course, it isn't specific to the Mac. PC users can use it too. In fact, it has features that will interest PC users, like :

  • Custom E-label that allows you to create your own drive label and check available storage capacity at a glance.
  • 256-bit hardware encryption and password protection.
  • dual-interfaces - a high-speed FireWire 800 interface, and a standard USB 2.0 interface.
  • cross-compatibility with both PC and Mac systems, including Apple Time Machine.
  • WD SmartWare backup and configuration software for both PC and Mac.

So, let's find out how this portable hard disk drive fares against the usual PC-centric portable drives!

For more details, read our Comprehensive Review!

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Review

Comprehensive Review

Model

• WDBAAE6400ASL

Formatted Capacity

• 640,000 MB

Guaranteed Sectors

• NA

Bytes Per Sector

• 512 bytes

Spindle Speed

• 5,400 RPM

Cache Buffer

• Unknown

Internal Data Transfer Rate

• NA

Maximum I/O Transfer Rate

• 800 Mbits/s (FireWire 800)
• 480 Mbits/s (USB 2.0)

Average Seek

• NA

Average Latency

• NA

Drive Ready Time

• NA

Interface

• FireWire 800
• USB 2.0

Maximum Height

• 18.5 mm (0.73 inches)

Maximum Width

• 83 mm (3.27 inches)

Maximum Length

• 124 mm (4.88 inches)

Maximum Weight

• 180 g (0.40 lbs)

Power Consumption

• NA

Operating Temperature

• 5 °C to 35 °C
• 41 °F to 95 °F

Non-Operating Temperature

• -20 °C to 65 °C
• -4 °F to 149 °F

Maximum Shock

• NA

Drive Acoustics

• NA

Non-Recoverable Read Errors

• NA

Load/Unload Cycles

• NA

Warranty

• 3 Years Limited Warranty

 

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