I'd like to request that the new My Passport Studio 2Tb external drive's USB 2.0 port be upgraded to a USB 3.0 one. I'd like to buy this for use with my PC and prefer the aluminium case to the black plastic one for the My Passport 2Tb. I'm really surprised the new Studios were released witha USB 2.0 port in the first place, since the new Intel chipsets with on-board USB 3.0 mean that it's highly likely that the new round of MacBooks will have USB 3.0 ports. Thanks for reading this!
I don't really get the difference in pricing for MyPassport PC and Mac. It's the same drive, the Mac version is slightly more expensive, but the PC version is compatible with usb 2.0 and usb 3.0 and the Mac version is not...
The thing is, not only will next Mac releases have usb 3.0 implented when Ivy bridges comes out but also Thunderbolt is on all Mac and coming rapidly to recent PC ultrabooks, WD hard drives or at least the MyPassport for Mac should be Thunderbolt ready and have the adequate slot.
Plus it makes MyPassport Studio clearly obsolete : nobody serious about Video/Graphic/Audio production and editing, and who uses a Mac, continues to use Firewire, which is clearly a dying interface. It really is about Thunderbolt and I hope the next WD will be compatible because it's going to be REALLY quickly adopted by users compared to eSata or even usb 3.0.
In short : make the next MyPassport for Mac (and PC is a safe bet) with a micro-usb 3 and a thunderbolt port (and they are about the same size).
I really likewithdesignofWD My Passport Studio,butwith a littletouch ofitwouldbe perfect. Here isan ideaforimprovement:
Advanced Universal Connection
To be widely used on PC and Mac, the WD My Passport Studio must have one USB 3.0 (for PC) and two FireWire 800 (for Mac). Will be much better if it is compatible with Thunderbolt (which one will come soon with Intel's Ivy Bridge).
As described StorageReview: "the My Passport Studio may be one of the rare cases where users could swap out the drive pretty easily for something else". It's a great idea, maybe later I can replace it with faster (7200 rpm) or larger HDD, even Hybrid HDD/SSD.
Provide the WD My Passport Studio with special rugged case simiar to WD Nomad.
With a beautiful view of this, WD My Passport Studio "Perfect Edition" will successfully become the world's best portable hard.
Whilst industry-standard portable external drives in the 2.5" form factor typically have either 2 or 3 platters, is there any reason why there could not be an external drive with 4 platters?
It would presumably be 15.5mm thick (drive without the cover) rather than the current 12.5mm for a 3-platter drive, but it would crank up maximum capacity to 2TB, based on 4x500GB platters. I work in media and the bigger the disk, the better it is. However I can't lug the 3.5" disks which are way too heavy and unwieldy with their power supplies.
So a 2.5" solution would be ideal, and I believe there would be a market for it particularly among people working in media (movies, digital photography, music etc.) who require tons of data space.
Since 9.5mm 2.5" 1TB drives are now available, my conclusion is that 500GB per platter is a reality. This means that 1.5TB drives at 12.5mm are just a matter of assembling them.
I travel with about a dozen 1TB portable drives (media etc.) but I can't keep lugging more drives as my storage needs expand. My ideal portable drive size right now would be 3TB but I realize this is not yet realistic (although a six platter disk would do it, of course).
Still, 1.5TB should be available in stores anytime now, given that 500TB per platter appears to have been reached. When can we expect this?