• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Good So Far

    • Written by

    I needed a portable drive to transfer data between various office sites. I did my fair share of looking around before deciding on this model, and was very happy when I found it. It offers a nice solid design, great speeds, as well as an attractive feature set. It's been nearly six months and so far so good.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Rugged, fast, quiet

    • Written by from Houston

    I use this drive with my MyBook Pro. It's compact, rugged, bus-powered, and very quiet. It's also very fast with USB 3. I'm using it for backup. It hasn't given me any trouble in the six months I've had it.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    USB 3.0 slot broke in less than 6 months

    • Written by from Stockholm

    No stars at all!

    This product is not rugged at all. In less than 6 months, the USB 3.0 slot broke and I hardly used it as I utilised the Thunderbolt more.

    Also I heard that the La Cie Customer Service is horrible. I am now thinking if I should bother with the supposed 2 Year Warranty for a replacement.

    I am now hoping that the Thunderbolt does not break down as well!

    19 of 30 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Pro Audio users AVOID

    • Written by from LOVELAND

    This was a consumer mistake on my end, lesson learned. I gave it two stars only because it does what it's supposed to do (store), the design is great, sweet concept, but terrible execution. Introducing Thunderbolt! The lightning fast present/future technology that's bound to change it all! Mixed with, 5400rpm- old/becoming obsolete.......errrr what? That's like throwing a junky Geo engine into a brand new sports car. Why would you do it? My mistake, I didn't read the whole description (obviously), I based it off reviews and figuring no logical company would mix the two, I just assumed. That's why I'm writing this, to help YOU! I've been having Pro Tools issues and the first trouble-shooting I'm asked, "Is it 7200? No, well....." It's just too slow to handle Pro Audio applications. End result: Hopefully return and full refund, or sole use will be as a back-up.

    21 of 34 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Product

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    I hesitated between the half-gig SSD and the terabyte version of this drive before settling on the latter, mostly because I need the extra room for a large number of image files, but as it turns out, the performance of the drive is fully adequate for the kind of day-to-day work I do, and it's a solid and compact workhorse!

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome External Hard Drive!

    • Written by from Pittsburgh

    I purchased this drive to back up my MacBook Pro and was not disappointment. Super faster with the thunderbolt connector and built very very and like the fact that I it is drop-resistant rugged design. It is a little bit pricey for a USB drive but well worth the extra money.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very satisfied

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    What sold me in the end about this drive is that it comes with its own Thunderbolt cable. Those things are pretty expensive.. I use it every day and it's honestly the best mobile drive I've owned. I love the orange bumper and tough exterior. The drive is super easy to use, and has fast transfer rates. Worth every penny in my opinion.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    excellent rugged drive!

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    I bought this drive a while back and I can't say I've ever liked a gadget as much as I like this one. The design is solid and strong, my data is really safe on this drive. It's very easy to use, a simple plug-and-play, doesn't require any special software. The connection speeds are great, I use USB 3.0 and it doesn't get any better.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Stay away from this slow drive

    • Written by from Waterdown

    I purchased this Thunderbolt version of this Lacie rugged hard drive and brought it home and plugged it in and began transferring expecting to see lighting fast transfer according to the specs promised. I was unpleasantly surprised at how slow the transfer was from the drive to my MBP especially for the money I paid for it. It was nowhere close to the proposed transfer rate. I quickly returned it and bought the Firewire/USB 3.0 version. For the price you pay you don't get true Thunderbolt speed. Get the Firewire one, save money and its quite fast.

    11 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Good Rugged HD

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    Over the past few years, I've had bad experiences when two different external USB drives that come in plain black plastic cases failed on me, so after doing some research on ruggedness, I bought this rugged unit and am completely satisfied. The drive has a good and solid heft to it and has always worked like a champ.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great storage.

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    I truly love that I can backup my sensitive files and keep them encrypted, and that there's also enough room on the drive for plenty of media files that don't require encryption. Not having to drag around a separate power supply and having the convenience of a USB 3.0 interface are big pluses, as well.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great mobile drive

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    This is an awesome drive, really easy to use, very fast and reliable. I fling mine around in my bag as I'm riding to work on my bike and it's never failed me once. The casing is well designed and seems to be pretty accident resistant, and I love the thunderbolt connection as it works brilliantly with my mac book pro.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    not that rugged

    • Written by from Vancouver

    This hard drive worked just fine, for the year and a half that it sat on my desk, or was transported in my work bag. But, it recently fell *two feet* off of the hotel bed, where i was working, onto the floor. Now it's making horrible grinding sounds and i cant get any of the data that's on it off. Not rugged at all. I'd say if you just plan on moving this around in a safe and cushy computer bag, then it's fine.... but dont expect it to survive a very small fall.

    28 of 49 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent for portable backup

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    I got one of these for my video projects, and it works as advertised. It's very quiet, doesn't require a separate power supply, and transfers files really fast. I'm using it with my MacBook Pro and Time Machine, and I haven't had a single issue in the four months I've owned it. I liked this drive very much, and would recommend to others without hesitation.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Embarrassment to Thunderbolt

    • Written by from Jamaica Plain

    I have been using LaCie's Rugged drives for offloading fat video files in the field for a few years now. I have several 1TB Firewire 800 drives and while they have worked well, they are pretty slow for large amounts of data. We typically shoot Sony XDCam on SxS cards, none of which is bigger than 32 gig. I have pined for a drive that could take hold of that awesome Thunderbolt, (I have two Promise Pegasus R6 12TB drive enclosures set to RAID5) and really scream. When I have looked at this drive in the store and online, I couldn't understand why LaCie limited the rpm to just 5400. "Oh well, they must know what they are doing," I thought. So I bought one. MISTAKE. It says on the box speeds of up to 10 G/bs. RIGHT....NOOOOOO. The Blackmagic Speed Disk Test maxed out at just 110 MB/s. REALLY? This thing is going back.

    12 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Reliable, Solid Product

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    This drive is great. It's truly plug-and-play with my iMac. It has a solid rugged design, good speeds, and it does everything I need, and does it well.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    exactly what I needed

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    The difference between this Rugged drive and the one it replaces is like the difference between night and day. There's no separate power supply, there's a lot more disk space, the USB 3.0 interface is insanely fast, comes with software that's actually useful, such as encryption software, and provides a fair amount of cloud storage. It's also quiet and very easy to use.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Durable Portable Drive

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    The drive is good. Always runs perfectly. Has lots of storage space and is very durable. Set up was a breeze and the transfer speeds are just great. I will buy more of these as my digital archives continue to grow.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    good value

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    I got this drive almost a year ago, and I've gotta say it has served me well. Rugged, fast, and very reliable. I have traveled a lot with it, and have had no issues whatsoever.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fast, Rugged, Reliable

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    I love everything about this drive so much I don't know what I like best. I've copied just about all of my work files onto the drive (something made fast through the USB 3.0 port), and there's still quite a bit of room left for more files. The quality of the product is superb and the best of all it's really rugged.

    6 of 6 people found this useful