• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Value!

    • Written by from Bartlett

    -Super fast Read/Write Speeds for a 5400rpm HDD
    -Price (Amazing deal)
    -Comes with Thunderbolt and USB3 Cable
    -Drop resistant up to 4ft with Orange Casing
    -Orange Casing can be removed to match your iMac/MacBook's aluminum style

    -Drive gets hot (You really shouldn't be touching it anyways)
    -Only one Thunderbolt port (no daisy chaining to other devices)

    312 of 351 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fast and well built

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    Got it last week, what a blast! Performance is great over Thunderbolt which is perfect for my last year's Mac. At last the rugged portable drive with Thunderbolt.

    230 of 266 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    An Excellent Buy

    • Written by from Minneapolis

    I picked up one of these at my local Apple Store the other day, and it has been working like a dream. I haven't noticed any of problems other users seem to have had. Obviously it doesn't stay ice-cold when you've got it plugged in and working full-tilt. Likewise, it won't perform as fast as say, the SSD versions on Thunderbolt, but comparing it to USB and FW800 drives I also use, this sucker is wicked fast!

    225 of 257 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well

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    I got one of these for backing up my laptop when I'm travelling. I wanted something a little bit rugged, I've had other harddrives get dropped and stop working. This looked like it could handle a bit of rough treatment. It runs off USB 3 so it's plenty fast.

    117 of 122 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Where's the Thunderbolt passthrough?

    • Written by from Victoria

    For a peripheral that can only be daisy chained using Thunderbolt, this devices is seriously missing a passthrough port. Hey, even the older one had something to this sort, with the Firewire 400 and 800 ports on it I could daisy chain more devices together even if it meant one was running at a slower 400 speed.

    There is no excuse for not having a passthrough port.

    136 of 163 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Died after about 3 hours

    • Written by from Bolton

    I bought this drive hoping to speed up TimeMachine backups. I started a new backup to the drive, and left to run errands for several hours. TimeMachine was merrily moving lots of data when I left, said the backup needed about 3 hours more. When I returned, it appeared no data was moving, and the backup said it'd need 3 DAYS to complete.

    Attempting to cancel the backup didn't work. Attempts to unmount failed, and ultimately even shutting down the Mac didn't go cleanly. Removing the Thunderbolt cable and power cycling the Mac eventually got the laptop stable.

    I tried connecting the drive again via USB, which seemed to work somewhat, and I used that to erase the drive, but it didn't stay running long. The Thunderbolt interface did not work when I tried to connect that way.

    138 of 170 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't Fault the Drive, Fault the Cable (Spoiler: Replace Thunderbolt Cable)

    • Written by from FORT WAYNE

    As other reviews have noted, I encountered the same issue with the LaCie Thunderbolt drive, randomly vanishing from finder and not being read by the computer (yes, even disk utility).

    The purpose for getting this drive was to utilize the thunderbolt port on the new retina 15" pro. My previous LaCie Rugged Firewire 800 drive has been a beast, and top performer, so my confidence was high in getting this unit.

    After transferring ~400GB of files and closing in on a completed iPhoto album and iTunes library, the drive vanished causing the transfers to fail (Gotta love it!).

    Trouble shooting:
    - (Thunderbolt cable) Unplugged and reconnected, no response
    - (Thunderbolt cable) Swapped cables ends, fast blinking light, still not read by OSX
    - (USB 3.0) Plugged in, was immediately recognized (transferred files to confirm)
    - (Thunderbolt cable) After successful USB 3.0 transfer tried thunderbolt, same results as 1& 2

    Feeling that the drive and thunderbolt connectors reached a pretty warm temperature, I let it cool and tried the above again, thinking that might be the cause. Same results.

    Today I tried an Apple Thunderbolt cable ($49.00, yikes!), plugged it in and it was immediately recognized and able to transfer files.

    For an already pricy drive, the need for an additional thunderbolt cable due to the LaCie OEM failing, is unacceptable.

    It's a nice rugged drive, and I hope to get the same milage as my last, so it shouldn't be faulted in full. However, with the amount of time, money, and energy wasted in getting this drive to function as it should out of the box....I can only give two stars.

    95 of 115 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent drive

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    I have one of these for work. I'm working a lot in Photoshop and some of the files are just enormous.. I backup all my files onto this drive, and it's also useful for sharing files. I can copy files from it onto other people's computers quickly, or I can use the online backup software to share files that way.

    60 of 61 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Rugged Drive

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    I do a lot of video work in the field and I needed a rugged drive for transferring footage off the HD cameras. This drive works great – it's USB 3, so it can transfer HD files quickly – but it's also a sturdy drive that can handle a drop or two. I use a couple of these to transfer footage off our cameras and drive back to the production facility.

    58 of 63 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Definitely my favorite

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    I already had 4 other Lacie rugged hard drives from older generations before that one. They are the only hard drives I trust to carry with me.
    They have always been robust but also handy and fast.
    This great when he travel and take photos of my trip. At least I always have a backup of the pictures I transferred to my macbook pro.
    I have been waiting for the thunderbolt version.
    I don't why it took so long for Lacie to release but I have to say it was worth the wait.
    I like the new design, it really feels sturdy and reliable. And thunderbolt is really fast! Such a release! All transfers are so quick, i don't feel like I'm wasting my time any more. My thumbs up for that one!

    56 of 62 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    GOOD product

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    I have a Mac Book Air that I bought in May and was looking for something faster than USB2 (since I didn't get the USB3 upgrade :( ). This one does the job pretty well. Speed is good over 110MB/s and the product looks very nice.

    I ran a lot of I/Os while I was backing up my Mac (SSD) and then did some FCP, the drive behave very nicely.

    I don't know what kind of application gets the drive hot like other are mentioning but after heavy beating, it got warmer than idle but nothing worth mentioning.

    53 of 58 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Dallas

    Great product! Good speeds and bus powered. The software that comes with it is great. Looks and feels great. Looks even better without orange part!

    53 of 62 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Old Lacie Firewire is faster!

    • Written by from KENSINGTON

    Just received the drive and had high hopes for the thunderbolt transfer speeds but am very disappointed. Copied a 14GB file and it's slower on the thunderbolt drive than my older firewire/usb drive!!! Here's the time comparisons with my older drive:

    Older Lacie firewire 800 - 2:51
    Older Lacie USB 3 - 2:53

    New Lacie Thunderbolt - 3:18
    New Lacie USB 3.0 - 3:14


    55 of 68 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not what expected

    • Written by from san diego

    After hearing all the thunderbolt hype I finally bought this drive. Once home, I tested it against my LaCie 2 TB little big disk with FireWire And there was minimal difference and by minimal, I mean seconds. Will be returning.

    70 of 103 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Should've Passed

    • Written by from San Diego

    I don't understand all these 5 star reviews. They must be wrote by LaCie employees to counter the true lower rates reviews. I bought one and wasn't impressed at all. It ran very hot and the thunderbolt wasn't all that much faster than USB 3.0. It's just a slow thunderbolt drive and lap warmer. LaCie dropped the ball on this one

    75 of 114 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Let Down

    • Written by from San Diego

    Don't waste your money. It's pretty slow and gets really hot. Ran bench mark and the thunderbolt and USB 3.0 were basically the same. Better off with a RAID thunderbolt. (This drive only spins at 5400)

    63 of 92 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    don't EVER buy THIS MODEL

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Pro video users AVOID (specifically SXS/XDCAM Field use)

    • Written by from Barnet

    I purchased this drive last week from Apple for the sole intention of using on an upcoming job.
    Thunderbolt speeds were the deciding factor in buying this drive. I use a Promise Pegasus RAID already and I love it.
    I had to edit (FCPX) a fast turnaround video of the days events so far by midday on day 1. It seemed to hold up okay to this task. Import of the short XDCAM clips worked fine. Although I was not blown away by how fast it was.
    I noticed the like other users, that the connectors were getting very hot.

    Most of day 2 was spent filming long seminars. About 40 mins each.
    End of the day arrives and the plan is to dump all the the footage from the SXS cards onto this drive and then copy onto another hard drive that my client has provided so he can take it back to the US with him.
    I set up my MBP, started the transfer and walked away for 10 mins. When I returned, my MBP was in sleep mode. Strange... I tried to wake it but to no avail.

    Panic sets in. My MBP is DEAD! We had a MacPro with us on the stand. So I whip out the card reader and my Lacie Rugged 1TB (with thunderbolt) and kick the sales guys off the MacPro.
    I start the transfer process again. 10 minutes in, I receive a warning message telling me there 'might not be enough free space left on the drive'. Okay... There is no way I have used 1TB this is XDCAM HD. Not 4K.
    There was 800+ GB available. At this point, the penny dropped. ITS THE DRIVE not the MBP (I had been using my Apple TB cable too).

    Im pretty sure its not the cable like other users have reported. I can't pinpoint the problem. It might be to do with the speed of the drive inside. But seriously, what is the point of putting a slow drive in a Thunderbolt enclosure?
    I'll shut up now. Its not a great experience that I have had with this drive and I will think twice about buying Lacie again. From the outside, it seems like a cracking product. On the inside it is massively flawed.

    My MBP lives to fight another day by the way.

    46 of 61 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great portable drive

    • Written by

    I bought one of these drives for my photography studio. I like to shoot and edit in the same space, so I keep one of these drives on hand to store files and move them around. This drive is fast so it's great for working with high-res RAW files and even the occasional HD video.

    34 of 38 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    **** GREAT DRIVE...TESTED 30 OF THEM!!! ****

    • Written by from Thunder Bay

    I teach at a Canadian college in Northern Ontario and we purchased 30 of these for our 1st year students. The USB 3.0 port broke on 2 of them, so be careful not to force the connector in the wrong way. The Thunderbolt is very durable and has not broken on any of the devices. I have used mine since January of 2013 and I cannot believe the speed and reliability. My own test shows 6 Gigs being transfered in 55 seconds on both Thunderbolt and USB 3.0. Test repeated 20 times. Great value...buy this disk!

    29 of 30 people found this useful