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LaCie d2 Quadra 301110U 500 GB eSATA/FireWire800/FireWire400/USB 2.0 External Hard Drive

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  • Powerful 500 GB external hard drive offers quadruple interface, including eSATA connectivity
  • Fast interface transfer rates up to 1.5 Gbits/s (150 MB/s)
  • Advanced cooling system for quiet operation; plug and play, daisy-chainable via Firewire
  • Includes eSATA-to-eSATA cable, Firewire 800 (9-to-9 pin) cable, Firewire 400 (6-to-6 pin) cable, and USB 2.0 cable (USB 1.1 compatible)
  • Measures 1.7 x 6.3 x 6.8 inches (WxHxD); weighs 3.31 pounds; 3-year limited warranty
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: LaCie
  • Model: 301110U
  • Hard Disk Size: 500 GB
  • Warranty: 3 years warranty
  • Hardware Platform: PC, Mac
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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 6.1 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000MEX7CC
  • Item model number: 301110U
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Product Description

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Amazon.com Product Description The LaCie d2 Quadra 301110U 500 GB eSATA/FireWire800/FireWire400/USB 2.0 External Hard Drive is loaded with four interfaces for universal connectivity and extreme speed. Designed for the professional who needs advanced power management and superior performance, the versatile and high-performance d2 Quadra also features a space-saving design that will enhance the aesthetics and functionality of any work space.

The LaCie d2 Quadra Hard 500 GB eSATA/FireWire800/ FireWire400/USB 2.0 External Hard Drive offers:
  • 4 connection interfaces for the ultimate in speed and compatibility.
  • 500 GB of disk space.
  • Smart fan design for reliability and quiet operation.
  • 7200 rpm and 16 MB of cache for maximum drive performance.


The stylish aluminum design looks great with your office decor. View larger.


The minimalist space-saving design will enhance the aesthetics of any work space. View larger. View back.


By purchasing multiple drives, it is easy to set up a RAID configuration. View larger.
Four Interfaces for Unmatched Performance and Compatibility
The drive features USB 2.0, FireWire 400, FireWire 800, and eSATA interfaces, ensuring compatibility with any computer or drive. USB 2.0 offers up to a 480 Mbps transfer rate, while eSATA provides superior transfer speeds of up to 1500 Mbps. And the two FireWire ports will let you daisy chain a second drive easily. These connections give you the versatility to connect directly to a drive via the eSATA connection while you're working on demanding multi-media applications, while still having the ability to transfer or back up data files from your laptop or other computers via the USB or FireWire connections.

Superior Drive Performance for Power Users
The d2 Quadra is an ideal drive for power users such as video editors and was voted the 2007 Hard Disk of the Year by VideoMaker magazine. The drive features a rotational speed of 7200 rpm and a cache of at least 16 MB. Coupled with the eSATA interface, the drive achieves an average seek time (write) of under 10 ms. This speed makes it fast enough for working with media such as sound and video directly on the drive.

With a capacity of 500 GB, the d2 Quadra can hold up to 500,000 photos, 125,000 songs, or 35 hours of DV video. If you purchase multiple drives, they can be set to RAID 1 for data redundancy and protection, or RAID 0 for even greater speed.

The d2 Quadra also offers three power management options: "Auto" for energy efficiency; "On" for instant access; and "Off" for data protection. A smart fan automatically turns on and off depending on the temperature, ensuring that the drive stays cool and quiet. The drive also lets you back up files or launch any application with a simple push of the front blue button. This "shortcut button" can be configured to launch any document or application, or initiate the included EMC Retrospect Express software that offers automated backups.

Smart, Elegant Design
With the d2 Quadra, LaCie's designers have fashioned a versatile, attractive and sturdy drive that offers several space-saving options for stacking. The durable aluminum casing offers excellent heat dissipation, and thanks to the drive's detachable stand, it can be placed vertically to save space, or horizontally to stack multiple drives. The drive can even be rack-mounted to fit into an audio/video setup.

Measuring a slim 1.7 x 6.3 x 6.8 inches (WxHxD), and weighing 3.31 pounds, the drive is compact enough to fit inside your briefcase for those times you need to transfer files between computers.

Works with Windows and Macs
The LaCie d2 Quadra Hard Drive is compatible with Windows 2000, XP and Vista, as well as Mac OS 10.2.8 and higher, and is bootable on both when using FireWire or eSATA. It is also compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and Time Machine.

Included with the drive is EMC Retrospect Express backup software for both Windows and Mac, making backup a breeze. Also included is LaCie "1-Click" backup software for PC or Mac and SilverKeeper Software for automatic backup and file verification (Mac).

The LaCie d2 Quadra 500 GB Hard Drive is backed by a 3-year limited warranty.

About LaCie
Established in France in 1989, LaCie is a leading manufacturer of computer peripherals for Windows, Apple and Linux users. With offices and plants in the USA, Canada, Japan, Australia, Europe, Singapore and Hong Kong, LaCie develops and manufactures external storage solutions and color monitors that help professionals and everyday people easily manage their digital lives. LaCie has differentiated its products through original designs and leading-edge technology.

What's in the Box
LaCie hard disk, eSATA-to-eSATA cable, FireWire 800 cable, FireWire 400 cable, USB 2.0 cable, external power supply, drive stand, LaCie utilities CD-ROM, backup software.

Product Description

Fully loaded with all the best interfaces eSATA FireWire 800 FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 the d2 Quadra brings you complete universal connectivity. Boasting superior features such as a 16MB cache advanced 3-level power management bootability**** and professional backup software it s designed for professional performance. Easily back up archive or exchange all of your files videos MP3s and JPEGs or upgrade your PC or Mac with additional capacity. Its space-saving d2 design by Neil Poulton is so versatile it can stand upright stack or be rack-mounted safeguarded by the best in heat-dissipating technology. Our LaCie Shortcut Button allows you to easily launch any application with one push such as the included software EMC Retrospect Express for PC or Mac.

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Customer Reviews

Aluminum case with sturdy stand.
Jack Carter
I will NEVER buy a LaCie product again and will tell everyone I know to avoid their poorly made products like the plague.
teamangrysquirrel
Exelent drive, very silent, very fast, an a very solid construction.
Carlos Raul Canelon Camargo

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

159 of 160 people found the following review helpful By G. Kline on November 10, 2007
As of this writing, you can get the predecessor LaCie 500Gb HDD for $115 shipped. It's a very nice unit that is extremely cost efficient, but with one drawback: it gets very hot when used for a long while. Otherwise, it's a fine and reliable hard disk drive. So, why pay $70 more for this new Quadra HDD that has the same size storage?

First off, the older LaCie is only USB 2.0 compatible. Second, it has just an 8Mb cache. And lastly, it is only designed for horizontal placement, not vertical.

This new Quadra design cools off the unit better. It still gets very warm, but not as bad as its predecessor. I never let these external drives frequently run for hours on end anyway, but when you're doing an overnight download you don't want to heat up the room!

Next, it has a 16Mb cache--double its predecessor. You won't see 2x times performance necessarily, but it is definitely better.

But where this HDD really shines is in the quad connections (hence "Quadra"). It supports USB 2.0, Firewire 400/800, and eSATA. If you have an old computer system, you can transfer media via USB. And if you have a newer system that supports the faster Firewire or eSATA, this device will keep up nicely. So this makes for a great "technology bridge" storage device, able to work with older and newer computers. If you've got an old PC or Mac and you're looking to upgrade in the near future, getting this HDD will let you have the faster transfer rates when you upgrade.

Why not 5 stars? Well, I do find the workmanship of the external casing not as solid as the older LaCie. For $70 more, you shouldn't have to sacrifice the casing quality. So, it's not as great for portability--not an issue if you're keeping it at home.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Edsel Citation on September 1, 2007
Excellent hard drive. Great value for all the space. I had it connected to my Mac and up and running in about 5 minutes. No problems or complaints.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By George K. Grayson on November 24, 2007
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I was a little hesitant about this drive based on some of the reviews. However after talking with a number of people, and based on my previous good experiences with Lacie. I decided to go ahead and get it. I'm using through the FW800 interface (which is great as it's a port I otherwise would not use) as a Time Machine back up volume with Mac OS X. The drive is reasonably quiet and has performed flawlessly so far doing hourly system backups. The visual design of it is nice, and compliments the Aluminum iMac. It's not an eyesore on the desk by any stretch. I opted to lie it flat rather than stand so that it occupies "dead" desk space beneath the display.

The package included all the cables need for any interface hook-up, a foot for mounting the drive vertically, and a disk of software (which, honestly, I haven't looked at).

In all, I'm very happy with it.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ron on June 25, 2007
I researched hard drives for a while before buying the LaCie D2 500GB Quadra. I'm using it with Logic & Pro Tools, often with a MacBook Pro, so I needed the FW800, and so far it has been working great. It's fairly quiet and easy to use and isn't overly bulky. It looks like a regular hard drive, nothing fancy; I do like that it can be vertical or on it's side... LaCie includes little rubber feet for the bottom if you wish to do this. The other models I considered were the G-Tech 500GB (almost twice the cost for the same features, but only 8MB cache) and the LaCie Little Big Disk (half the size, twice the cost, with smaller HD size). For the money I don't think there's a better hard drive available.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By D. Wong on November 21, 2007
Product worked great for 1 year and inexplicably the HD failed and no longer works. As an IT person, I've tried everything (swapping out cables, power and even tried connecting the device to my laptop and backup PC). It was good while it lasted. Now I've lost 100GB of data. If you plan on buying, please remember to backup your LaCie HD.
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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Clorman Borno on June 10, 2007
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I bought this drive at the first sign of trouble with my laptop. I backed up the data on Saturday and my laptop's hard drive crashed on Sunday. Great timing.

This is my 4th LaCie drive, and they have all worked without any issues.

For those that have experienced their LaCie drives crashing, I wouldn't say it's not impossible, but it isn't typical, either.

My only problem with the drive is the price. Comparable drives are less expensive, yet LaCie continues to charge what I consider to be a little more than they should.

If you can afford it, you probably won't do much better for a solid (heavy) external drive.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By jfb on December 28, 2007
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This is a great, sturdy external drive. I have purchased and used about 6 externals over the years, starting with SCSI, then USB, etc. This drive is rock solid, built like a tank (weighs about 3 pounds) and has four interfaces so it will work on anything. I run it on a Mac using Firewire 800. I pulled it out of the box, slid on the bottom plate, plugged it in and it works perfectly, as LaCie products always do. It's rackable if you desire. The aluminum case cools it well - the first thing I did was to clone my 300 GB hard drive to it (takes about 4 hours on a Mac because cloning is much slower than copying) and the drive got only slightly warm. It's quiet. The auto power feature is nice (powers down when not in use). I haven't tried the one-touch button yet but it's an intriguing feature. This drive also comes with all the cables you need (eSata, USB, firewire 400 and firewire 800, and power). Many drives don't give you all the cables and they add a lot to the total cost. This unit is ready out of the box. Can't go wrong with this one.
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