• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    impressive design, excellent speeds

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    This little drive definitely packs a punch. It's very solid, has got more than enough storage capacity for my needs and I'm still amazed even today at how much faster the USB 3.0 is compared to my old unit. Now I don't have to sit around and wait half an hour for my work to copy over. Nifty all around!

    13 of 14 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.

    20 of 33 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


    49 of 62 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderboly Iffy?

    • Written by from DOLLARD-DES-ORMEAUX

    So my thunderbolt cable stopped working after a full day. I'm using the USB cable now & it's working fine & is a lot cooler than when I was using thunderbolt (the drive itself).

    It makes me feel really iffy using thunderbolt which is a shame because I bought it specifically for that as every other port on my macbook is occupied.

    The option to daisy chain would've been nice too.

    18 of 27 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Compact, Rugged, Fast

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    My friends and I DJ a lot, we do warehouse parties as well as corporate gigs, so we need to have a massive library of music. I bought a couple of these drives to store our music on, and we sync them so we've always got the same library and project files. Makes it easy to pull up the right file when someone has a request!

    9 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Portable Drive

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    I needed a fast and large capacity drive that was also solid and portable. I go frequently on business trips and always travel with at least one backup drive. I'm very pleased with the performance and the design of this rugged drive. It's fast, very quiet, and it works perfectly with my MacBook Air.

    16 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great for Final Cut Pro X

    • Written by from Gig Harbor

    I bought this for a long trip to Costa Rica. I wanted to work on a surfing movie while we were there, and I was worried about bogging down my laptop with so much data. I was skeptical about how fast the processing and transferring of files would be with this when using Final Cut Pro X, but it worked flawlessly. It is also nice that it can just rest on the laptop itself when needed, such as on an airplane. I could not be happier with this external hard drive. In fact, I will probably use more of these as more projects accumulate. I would highly recommend this for any use, but especially as a travel solution.

    24 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    You can't trust in this

    • Written by from Miami

    I bought this disk to back up my Mac Book Pro. Unfortunately, it fall down from my coffee table to the floor (16 inches) and got un useful.
    You cannot trust in their "rugged" name.

    17 of 50 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Does the job

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    Fast, rugged, reliable. The installation was painless. The drive works great with my Macbook Air. And my Time Machine backups are very quick now. The aluminum casing and orange rubber bumper look and feel great. I frankly can't find one bad thing to say about this drive.

    20 of 22 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great item!

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    Needed a fast new drive to use with my MacBook. Opted for this one because it's rugged and has USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt ports. It's compact, very portable and allows to quickly and painlessly transfer a ton of data on the go. All in all, this drive makes a perfect addition to my new MacBook.

    23 of 27 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Portable Drive

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    I needed a reliable portable solution to backup my work files, and this drive fit the bill perfectly. The data is encrypted, so it's doubly secure and there's also access to the secure cloud storage. The performance has been very good so I haven't experienced any issues with this drive at all, and it's been a bit more than a month.

    20 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great portable drive

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    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.

    32 of 36 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product!

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    I'm studying broadcast journalism at uni, and I needed a drive to store my project files on. This is great, it stores plenty of footage, and it's rugged enough that I can carry it with me everywhere. It works well with my MacBook with iMovie.

    21 of 25 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.

    87 of 106 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Everything you need

    • Written by from Sewickley

    I have loved this back up since day one. All you do is plug it in and it will do the rest for you! 1TB was definitely the way to go. Plus, it is basically indestructible which is perfect for a college student like me. Definitely a great investment!

    19 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible! Lost all my data!

    • Written by from Rochester

    The price ($249) to pay for this Thunderbolt hard drive was perfect for me. I bought it quickly, and picked it up at an Apple Store.

    After bringing it home and connecting to my MacBook Air, I was impressed by it's durable exterior protection system. It gave me confidence knowing that I could travel freely w/ this hard drive, without fear of data loss.

    Was I wrong.

    After initially transferring some videos, documents, and other media, the hard drive stopped working completely. It just disappeared from Finder, despite reconnecting several times. It didn't even show up in Disk Utility. After several times of trying, it finally showed up after I reversed the cable connection (very peculiar).

    Even then, after 15-20 min., the drive disappeared from Finder again. After reconnecting several times, I received a message saying "The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer". I couldn't even repair the disk using Disk Utility, and was extremely thankful that I didn't format my original hard drive from which I copied the data from.

    In all, I am definitely returning this product, will profusely complain directly to LaCie, and strongly recommend you stay way from this product, if you value your data.

    40 of 64 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.

    115 of 120 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.

    132 of 163 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.

    132 of 159 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent drive

    • Written by

    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.

    58 of 59 people found this useful