LaCie’s Rugged external hard drive now offers lightning-fast speeds of USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt, and full compatibility with USB 2.0. Its shock-proof design protects from accidental drops from up to 1.2 metres. Coupled with its universal compatibility, this external drive is robust and easy to use. Whether the goal is super speed or complete compatibility, the Rugged Thunderbolt has everything users need.
- Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 transfer speeds
- Bus-powered and plug and play
- Drop-resistant rugged design
- Time Machine compatible
- Easy cross-platform formatting utility
- AES 256-bit encryption protection
Did you notice?This drive is MIL-compliant for superior data protection from accidental drops.
Apple Recommends ForKeep the valuable data on your Mac safe wherever your travel - no matter how difficult the conditions.
What's in the Box?
- LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series hard drive
- USB 3.0 cable (USB 2.0 compatible)
- Thunderbolt cable
- Quick install guide
- Complete software suite: LaCie Private-Public, Backup Assistant, Wuala Secure Cloud Storage
- Other Features: Data Encryption,Time Machine Compatible
- Connections: Thunderbolt,USB 3.0
- Power Source: Bus Powered
- Height: 24.7 mm/0.97 in.
- Width: 89 mm/3.5 in.
- Weight: 260 g
- Length: 140 mm/5.51 in.
- OS X 10.5 or later
- Windows 8/7/Vista/XP
- Mfr. Part Number: 9000294
- UPC or EAN No.: 093053003296
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Ratings & Reviews
I do a lot of rough video editing work in my home studio, and I rent out a proper studio for finishing and sound mixing. I wanted I do a lot of rough video editing work in my home studio, and I rent out a proper studio for finishing and sound mixing. I wanted a drive to transfer projects from my home studio to the professional studio, but I found that this drive was actually fast enough to use as a production drive. Now I keep my video projects on this drive and work directly from it. …
- Written by Ailey S
103 of 108 people found this useful
At last an external drive that allows me to use iPhoto and Aperture without tearing my hair out with desperation due to the sluggi At last an external drive that allows me to use iPhoto and Aperture without tearing my hair out with desperation due to the sluggish performance from my previous FW800 drives. Great price especially considering the included Thunderbolt cable which Apple sell for £39! Just plugged into the Tb socket on my iMac and ran the small Lacie setup and seconds later happiness! Only drawback this drive only has the one thunderbolt socket so no piggy backing, but it does have USB2/3 for older machines that may not have thunderbolt connectivity. Overall highly recommended! …
- Written by MICHAEL K from LONDON
43 of 46 people found this useful
Excellent portable storage.
I got one of these for VJing – I do a lot of gigs and festivals, which are always dirty and rough. This thing is heaps rugged, I'v I got one of these for VJing – I do a lot of gigs and festivals, which are always dirty and rough. This thing is heaps rugged, I've dropped it more times than I care to admit, and it's still going strong. It stores hours of footage, and it's fast enough to run the files direct off the drive. …
- Written by Chanel C
39 of 42 people found this useful
Very useful item
This drive is everything my previous external drive wasn't. It offers a terabyte of storage, works great with Time Machine, has bo This drive is everything my previous external drive wasn't. It offers a terabyte of storage, works great with Time Machine, has both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt interfaces and gives me the ability to encrypt sensitive files. Besides, it gets its power from my computer (not from a separate power supply), and it definitely feels more solid than my old drive. …
- Written by Lacey M
1 of 1 people found this useful
Bought this to replace a USB attached drive for backup using Time Machine - although the actual speeds are nowhere near the maximu Bought this to replace a USB attached drive for backup using Time Machine - although the actual speeds are nowhere near the maximum thunderbolt can achieve it's a lot quicker than the USB drive it replaces. …
- Written by Sean F from West Wickham
2 of 2 people found this useful
I bought this hard drive to pick up files from clients and formatted it FAT32 so I could use it on Mac and PC. I've got a Macbook I bought this hard drive to pick up files from clients and formatted it FAT32 so I could use it on Mac and PC. I've got a Macbook Air, and it works really well with this drive. The transfer speeds are great, and the drive looks nice and seems to be very solid. I am very pleased with it. …
- Written by Fred F
1 of 1 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
What about power consumption if i connect it to MBA? Will a substantial MBA battery drainage occur?
- Asked by Anatolii N from Cupertino
No answers yet
can i use my mini mac with os x ver 10.5.8 with the LaCie 500GB Rugged triple
- Asked by John W from Clinton
Yes, via USB 2.0 only. No way to use the faster USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt connection.
- Answered by Mike M from Beaverton
All that this external drive contains is a thunderbolt/usb3 to Sata 3 interface as the actual hard d All that this external drive contains is a thunderbolt/usb3 to Sata 3 interface as the actual hard drive that is inside the enclosure is a standard Sata hard drive used in most laptops and computers.
The Sata interface has a maximum theoretical speed of 6Gb/s. SSD drives are only just starting to reach the point where they are running fast enough that the Sata interface is too slow. The hard drive inside here on the other hand, cannot get anywhere near the maximum of the internal Sata interface and thus the standard USB3 only version will perform the same as this model. The use of thunderbolt makes no sense on this hard drive as USB3 is more than fast enough.
Simply put, thunderbolt is 10Gb/s, the hard drive inside runs on Sata which is 6Gb/s and the hard drive itself isn't fast enough to make use of all that speed as the hard drive runs a lot slower than 6Gb/s. The hard drive will only go at the pace of the slowest component. Being that the hard drive spins at 5400rpm, it's a slow hard drive. Put in perspective though, even the 10000rpm harddrives used in enterprise are not fast enough use all the 6Gb/s that Sata provides, don't worry the 5Gb/s of usb3 is more than enough.
The SSD model on the other hand makes sense. If you want performance, get the SSD model, save a little money and get the standard USB3 version of this drive if you need the capacity, both this drive and the standard drive will perform the same.
This product only makes sense if a fusion drive was inside, saying that though, that probably wouldn't need more than the available speed of USB3. …
- Answered by Michael S
is this drive bootable via Thunderbolt?
- Asked by David C W from Atlanta
You can use Disk Utility System Restore or Carbon Copy Cloner to clone your internal hard dr Yes.
You can use Disk Utility System Restore or Carbon Copy Cloner to clone your internal hard drive or any bootable volume to the Rugged.
It will be able to boot your modern Intel based Mac whether connected via USB 3.0, USB2.0, or Thunderbolt. …
- Answered by Mike M from Beaverton
I need to back up files (mostly pics and videos) from a pc and a mac, what do you recommend?
- Asked by Roselyn F from Weehawken
This hard drive definitely, you can partition the drive into two separate ones. So one can be for th This hard drive definitely, you can partition the drive into two separate ones. So one can be for the mac and one for the pc. If you have videos the thunderbolt option makes sense for thee mac side and this also supports usb 3 for the pc or mac. …
- Answered by Maxwell H from Woodland