My Passport for Mac 500GB

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Price
Pros
  • Inexpensive
  • Compact
  • Bus powered
  • Pre-formatted for Mac and Time Machine compatible
  • Backwards compatible with USB 2.0
  • Time Machine-ready out of the box
  • Dual Thunderbolt ports
  • Preconfigured RAID 0
  • Helpful status display
  • Lightweight
Cons
  • USB-only
  • Single USB 3.0 interface only
  • Thunderbolt cable not included
  • Only supports Thunderbolt connectivity
  • Mixed speed results
At A Glance

Specs

Pricing

Part Number WDBAAB5000ACHNESN   GR44000 WDBAAE6400ASL

Storage

Drive size 500.0  GB 500.0  GB 8000.0  GB 640.0  GB
Hard Drive Speed 5400.0  RPM     5400.0  RPM
Drive type External Hard Disk Drive External Desktop External
Drives included     2.0  
Raid type     RAID 0  

Ports and Connections

Available Interfaces USB 2.0 USB 3.0 Thunderbolt FireWire 800|USB 2.0
USB 2.0 Yes     Yes
Firewire       FireWire 800

General Features

Bus Powered 1.0   0.0 1.0
File System(s) Supported FAT32|HFS+   FAT16|FAT32|HFS|HFS+|NTFS EXT3|FAT16|FAT32|HFS|HFS+|NTFS
Form Factor     3.5-inch 2.5-inch

Requirements

Operating System Compatibility   Macintosh OS X 10.7 (Lion)    

Dimensions

Width   3.37  inches    
Depth   4.41  inches    
Height   0.4  inches    
Weight   0.36  pounds    

Warranty

Warranty information   3 Years 3 Years 3 Years
Warranty information     3 Years 3 Years

Performance

eSATA Performance - Macworld

Write 10GB Folder

MB per second

    191.7  
Read 10GB Folder

MB per second

    149.3  
Write 10GB File

MB per second

    206.2  
Read 10GB File

MB per second

    170.5  
Write Video Files

MB per second

    314.0  
Read Video Files

MB per second

    317.9  

Macworld Lab

USB - copy 1GB to External Drive

(CLOB) seconds

      49.0
USB - duplicate 1GB file on external drive

(CLOB) seconds

      81.0
USB - Low memory Photoshop test

(CLOB) seconds

      249.0
FireWire 400 - copy 1GB to External Drive

(CLOB) seconds

      36.0
FireWire 400 - duplicate 1GB file on external drive

(CLOB) seconds

      58.0
FireWire 400 - Low memory Photoshop test

(CLOB) seconds

      225.0
FireWire 800 - copy 1GB to External Drive

(CLOB) seconds

      31.0
FireWire 800 - duplicate 1GB file on external drive

(CLOB) seconds

      39.0
FireWire 800 - Low memory Photoshop test

(CLOB) seconds

      193.0