• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    No real advantage with the Thunderbolt interface

    • Written by from Charlotte

    I got this drive to go with my MacBook Pro with Retina display. I was hoping for faster transfer speeds. I ran BlackMagic's speed test on it. It had read/write rates in the 80's. I should have done a little more research. It only have 5400 RMP drive. All of the speed advantages of Thunderbolt are lost due to the slow drive.

    12 of 23 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Read the specifications written on the box first

    • Written by from Oakland

    The main issue is its rotational disk speed, 5400rpm, which is written on the box but it is not given by apple's website on its description...what a convenient thing, isn't it?
    I was wondering why it was so cheap...thunderbolt is cool but hooked to a slow drive doesn't help. I gave 2 stars because I still like these kind of hard drives but certainly I'm mad at myself for not reading the specifications written on the box when I grabbed it after I bought my laptop...I guess I was too exited to pay attention to details.

    9 of 14 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Died in two months

    • Written by from Richmond

    Bought this at the Apple store, the guy talked it up a lot. It died in two months, would only power on and click. So now I have to send it to Lacie for repair since I can't return it to Apple.
    The newegg reviews for this drive are bad too. I would avoid this drive at all cost.

    6 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Loose Thunderbolt

    • Written by from BRADFORD

    Every time the drive moves it goes off and I get iOS warning of eject hard drive before removing it. Worked great for 2 months. The cable seems loose.

    9 of 16 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Take extreme care with the USB 3.0 port!

    • Written by from Scottsdale

    Take care when inserting the USB 3.0 cable into this drive., there is very little internal support for the USB 3 connection. Stick to the Thunderbolt port. Now have to see if they have a thunderbolt/usb adapter so don't have to replace the drive. Design should have been better.

    13 of 22 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt cable dead

    • Written by from Ottawa

    Like many on here, I have suffered a dead Thunderbolt cable.

    Using this drive with the provided Thunderbolt cable, I ran into issues. At first I thought the drive was too hot and I let it cool down before trying it again. Nothing. The drive didn't spin up nor did the light come on.

    Today I was able to try the USB3.0 connector and that worked fine. So I gave the Thunderbolt cable another try... nothing.

    I took another Thunderbolt cable from my single other device with Thunderbolt and that worked! Never have I ever seen a cable being the source of issues. I was certain that the drive was flakey or that the issues were related to the iMac Im using this with.

    You would think with an expensive cable such as a TB cable you would have better quality control. I'm very disappointed with this.

    Come on LaCie, WTH??

    I have to say that the speed of TB when this was working was amazing. Working with large files is so easy and unreal. I *was* loving it.

    19 of 25 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

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Helsinki

    I was expecting this drive to be very fast, but i don't find it really much faster than any of my earlier drives with regular usb 2.0. I have a Vertex 4 512 gb SSD on my macbook. I just wonder if the 7200 rpm hard drive (lacie) is the problem. I was so impressed about all the 10 gb/s talk, but to copy a 90 gigabyte folder would take 8 minutes...
    On the plus side it looks good, but i don't really care at this point

    9 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.

    21 of 34 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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