• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good drive, but not as fast as you expect.

    • Written by from Campobello

    The description of this drive is a little misleading. True, it is a Thunderbolt External drive, and Thunderbolt is 10Gbs. But that is 10Gbs to the INTERFACE! On the other side of the interface is a slow, 5400 RPM drive. It was actually slower than my USB 2.0 drive. I am using it to run a virtual Windows 7 machine that was previously on my MacBook Air, built-in SSD drive. When I ran out of space on the SSD, I moved it to the USB and ran it from there. It was adequate, but noticeably slower than before. I decided the Thunderbolt had to be some improvement, but actually ran slower, due to the pretty cheap hard drive. So I decided to void the warranty and take the enclosure apart and install an SSD drive in the enclosure. Now it is extremely fast, but I don't like that I paid $200 for a Thunderbolt enclosure. But it's a nice enclosure.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product and really useful

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    Works beautifully and was easy to setup. Using it with my MacBook Pro and haven't had any issues at all. The drive is fast, and runs very quietly. I've uploaded my entire music archive on it in no time compared to my old USB2 drive. I also love the build, the rugged design and the reliability.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fast and sturdy

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    I use this drive to transfer large files while on set to my Macbook Pro. It works flawlessly so far. Thunderbolt interface is indeed very fast. The build quality is great and the design is very solid. Very happy with this unit.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Hardly could be recommended.

    • Written by from Helsinki

    After 1/2 year use it stopped to mount. The light's only blinking rapidly but the icon doesn't appear on my desktop. Replugging it gets it run normally.
    The drive hasn't hardly ever turned off itself when Mac's going to sleep. The light is still on, and sometimes the drive's running and is very hot.
    Bought it in Apple store, and trusted there would not be any unreliable stuff.
    If/when I get a replacement it could be the new model with extremely short cable which is practically impossible to use with iMac. Smiley: disappointed.
    Oh my, Apple(!) How could I give any star at all? Must 1 be given so it got now one.

    0 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    good drive once you don't use their software

    • Written by from spokane valley

    hooked up the drive using the thunderbolt port and installed their software. a big mistake. first thing i noticed is how slow the backup was! 5 hours to back up 40+G of data! the next thing i noticed was how hot the cable and drive was getting....really the drive got so hot it was almost untouchable! i was going to return the drive when i gave it another try using time machine. wow! what a difference. the backup was really fast and everything ran nice and cool. i'm not going to return the drive as of now. their software looks great but it did'nt work for me. also i tried to register this drive several times for two days and every time is said that the server was down. you don't have to register anyway but keep your receipt. overall a good product.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Product

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    This is a great drive. I use it for backups and for working with videos. It's been doing a great job so far. I like that it is fast, rugged and doesn't need a separate power supply. I'd also like to mention that the 10 GB of cloud storage included with this drive is a pretty nice "extra," as it easily lets me share files with people remotely. And while the amount isn't huge compared to what the drive offers, it's still plenty big enough for lots of photos and video files.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Just Fantastic

    • Written by from Calgary

    I could not ask for anything better, it's extremely fast (over thunderbolt) and has a large enough capacity to store everything I need too. I use it as an active drive that I edit and create videos and photos with on photoshop and premiere. It's like it is an internal drive! No performance difference between internal and external drives. The only thing I could ever say that could be improved about this product is to include a longer thunderbolt cable., but that can be fixed with a trip to the apple store or any electronics store.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Just what I needed

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    This is an awesome portable drive. It's well designed, powerful and simple. But most importantly, it gets the job done effortlessly. It is also very easy to transport. Would buy again.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Superb drive, the cable connections are weak

    • Written by from Scarsdale

    This drive is fast and appears to be rugged. I bought it for MacBook backups when on the road and to store photos, documents and possibly movies when I travel. The setup was very quick and easy.

    The only issue is with the cables and their connections. It is very easy to dislodge the wire, momentarily breaking the connection. I then get an improper drive removal warning. This happens more often with the USB3 cable than with the Thunderbolt one but it happens with that one as well. This is really no big deal but you must be careful not to touch the drive or the wire when transferring or using a file. I have read warnings about the quality of the included cables. Some who have complained about drive failure subsequently discover the problem was just a cable. Understanding this, I bought a quality USB3 and and Apple brand Thunderbolt cable to use if and when the included cables fail.

    Overall this is an excellent drive and I am looking forward to many years of service.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Reliable, rugged backup drive

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    When I mentioned I wanted a reliable and easy way to do automatic backups, a friend recommended I get this drive. And truly, setting up backups with Time Machine was very easy. What I didn't expect was how easy it would be to also use the encryption software and how useful the cloud storage that's included with the drive turned out to be. Besides, the drive works like a dream.

    3 of 3 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 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

    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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Going to Fail

    • Written by from Santa Barbara

    I wouldn't accept this drive even if it was free. If you have data you need, don't trust it on this drive. First drive lasted eleven months and then stopped mounting. Lacie replaced mine under warranty, though I had to pay for the shipping. That doesn't matter. What's worse is that this drive is starting to go, not showing up in Finder or mounting, 2 months later. Hoping to salvage data. This drive is a joke.

    8 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Product

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    So far it's been great. I love the design, the choice of interfaces, and the fact that the drive is bus-powered and can be encrypted with the provided software. It's easy to use and fast.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice piece of hardware

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    Very practical, fast, easy to handle and rugged. I am pleased with the drive's size and build quality. It is not that heavy either. I have used it for a bit more than a year now and it runs like a top and never misses a beat. Well worth the money IMHO.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    bummer - doesn't work with Apple's now TB-to-FW800 adaptors

    • Written by from Encino

    this could've been a very useful drive IF it also supported FW800 via Apple's white TB-to-FW800 adaptors - but it doesnt ! I didnt read one review here stating this, so for the record, you've been warned...

    whats needed is a drive that supports BOTH FW800 and TB natively, with no external adaptor needed.

    Anyone know of one ?

    5 of 21 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