Impressive. That’s how I describe the Western Digital My Passport Studio 640GB as a portable device for storing data. By the term Passport, which is the name selected by Western Digital to refer to the company’s own line of devices for portable storage, it means that the device included in that range has drives no bigger in size than the 2.5 in notebook’s.
This “My Passport Studio 640GB” by Western Digital is the most satisfactory of all the gears it includes in the range. It has definitely rounded edges or corners that make it more hassle-free to be placed inside the pocket, along with the rest of its attractive features. One excellent tweak that the device has is the FireWire connectivity which is very promising in terms of performance.
When the Western Digital My Passport Studio 640GB was placed and used with a WDC Scorpio Blue drive, it was perfectly quiet that you’ll never know the hard disk was even there in the first place. Even on a busy operation it still operated noiselessly.
The rather obvious alterations may be noticed with the external appearance of this Western Digital My Passport Studio 640GB. There is an e-label which allows customization of where to indicate your name, or your company’s name. Character limit is only up to twelve upper cases of letters or bold letters.
There is also an interesting padlock that says when the device is apparently locked. This function is optional and is among those upgrades included in the WD SmartWare suite. Should this padlock be activated, a password is necessary to access the contents of the hard drive. But with or without the password, the device employs 256-bit full-disk hardware encryption.
In addition, the Passport Studio 640GBis finished with white and silver plastics. At the bottom are the FireWire 800 and micro-USB 2.0 ports. In contrast to the old versions, this new model does only have one FireWire, there is also no sliding hatch to ward off dust and a soft pouch for carrying it.
What’s nice about the new model is that it is prevented for use in booting OS X with FireWire. Now, the virtual CD can actually be switched off when the drive is plugged in. Storage capacity is increased and the labeling system is even more imposing. The new Western Digital My Passport Studio 640GB did well on lab tests too.