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LaCie Rugged All-Terrain 250 GB USB 2.0/FireWire 400/800 Portable External Hard Drive 301291

by LaCie
484 customer reviews
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250 GB
  • Ultra durable 250 GB USB/FireWire portable storage for people on the go
  • USB or FireWire powered; no bulky power adapter required
  • Drop-resistant aluminum alloy shell with bumpers can withstand vertical drops of up to 35 inches
  • Includes one-year online backup service providing unlimited off-site backup storage
  • Measures 3.5 x 1.0 x 5.7 inches (WxHxD); weighs less than 9 ounces; 3-year limited warranty
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Technical Details

Capacity: 250 GB
  • Brand Name: LaCie
  • Model Number: 301291
  • Hard Disk Size: 250 GB
  • Manufacturer Warranty Description: 3 years warranty
  • Hardware Platform: PC, Mac
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Product Description

Capacity:250 GB

Product Description

LaCie's 250GB Rugged Hard Disk provides the all-terrain protection you need for the real world. With a shock resistant rubber sleeve, protective scratch resistant aluminum shell and internal anti-shock rubber bumpers, LaCie provides the best protection of your data. The Rugged Hard Disk has triple-interface universal connectivity. FireWire 800 is exceptionally fast with a transfer rate of up to 800Mbits per second. FireWire 400 and USB2.0 provide universal connectivity options for sharing and exchanging files. The compact, pocket-sized form factor and convenient plug and play design is perfect for users on the go. Box ships with: LaCie Rugged Hard Disk designed by Neil Poulton, FireWire 800 (9-to-9 pin) cable, FireWire 400 (6-to-9 pin) cable, Hi-speed USB2.0 cable (USB 1.1 compatible), USB power sharing cable, Quick Install Guide, User Manual, LaCie '1-click' Backup Software (Windows/Mac), LaCie Silverkeeper Backup Software (Mac), LaCie Silverlining Software (Windows/Mac). System Requirements: Computer with a USB or FireWire port, Windows 98SE, Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista/ Mac OS 9, Mac OS X, Intel Pentium II 350MHz compatible processor or greater/G3 processor or greater, minimum 128MB RAM.

From the Manufacturer

The LaCie Rugged All-Terrain 301291 250 GB USB 2.0/FireWire400/FireWire800 Portable Hard Drive, Design by Neil Poulton, is built to survive the harsh elements of the real world. This durable, portable storage drive offers 160 GB of storage along with a universal high-speed USB 2.0 connection and FireWire 400 and FireWire 800 interfaces. This high-performance drive is built with a rugged, drop-resistant aluminum alloy shell and a shock-resistant rubber bumper, making it the ultimate solution for your on-the-go data needs.

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LaCie's Rugged All-Terrain 250 GB USB 2.0/FireWire400/FireWire800 Portable Hard Drive offers:
  • Rugged drop-resistant and shock-resistant enclosure.
  • FireWire 400, FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 interfaces.
  • 250 GB of disc space with super-fast transfer rates of up to 800 Mbits/s.
  • Driver-less operation for simple set up.
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LaCie Rugged All-Terrain 301291 250 GB USB 2.0/FireWire400/FireWire800 Portable Hard Drive

With FireWire 800, FireWire 400, and USB, the Rugged All-Terrain has near-universal compatibility. View larger.
LaCie Rugged All-Terrain 301291 250 GB USB 2.0/FireWire400/FireWire800 Portable Hard Drive

The Rugged All-Terrain's stunning look was designed by world-renown designer Neil Poulton. View larger.
LaCie Rugged All-Terrain 301291 250 GB USB 2.0/FireWire400/FireWire800 Portable Hard Drive

The Rugged All-Terrain withstands bumps and shocks to keep your data safe and secure.
Ultra-Portable Data Shuttle
If you travel a lot with your data, the Rugged All-Terrain is the drive is for you. Perfect for users who need backup, storage and large-volume exchange for office files, photos, music and even video clips, the Rugged All-Terrain is powered by the FireWire or USB connection, which means that it uses the power of the connected computer to operate and doesn't require an additional AC adapter or power cord.

The Rugged All-Terrain offers the triple-interface convenience of high-speed USB 2.0 connectivity (which is USB 1.1 backward compatible) along with both FireWire 400 and FireWire 800 interfaces. With this triple-interface functionality, along with the drive's driver-free and plug-and-play features, exchanging data between Macs and PCs is as easy as it gets. The Rugged All-Terrain even comes with a USB power-sharing cable for low powered USB hubs/computers. (The Rugged All-Terrain requires no extra drivers for Windows XP/2000/Vista and Mac OS X operating systems.)

This high-performance drive features a spin speed of 5400 RPM, an 8 MB cache, and a transfer rate of up to 800 Mbits per second via the FireWire 800 connection. Measuring a mere 3.5 x 1 x 5.7 inches (WxHxD) and weighing less than nine ounces, the Rugged All-Terrain is designed to travel and will fit easily in your briefcase or backpack. Take it with you on business trips and vacations, or use it for transferring files from one desktop computer to another.

Included with the drive are LaCie software bundles to enhance its performance and functionality, including LaCie's 1-Click Backup Software (for Mac and PC) and SilverKeeper Backup Software (Mac).

Mobile, All-Terrain Protection
Designed exclusively for LaCie by world-renowned designer Neil Poulton, the Rugged All-Terrain is built like an off-road vehicle, ready to withstand the bumps and bruises of your travels. Its unique, scratch-protected aluminum shell and shock-resistant rubber bumper make it especially resistant to harsh elements. In fact, the drive is designed to withstand vertical drops of up to 35 inches while in non-operating mode. (Dropping the drive while it's in operation, however, could cause damage, so be careful!)

For additional styling points, the Rugged All-Terrain can be outfitted with additional colorful bumpers that will keep your drive protected. Easy-to-change and durable once on, they are made of the same quality rubber as the original bright orange Rugged sleeve. The optional set, which is sold separately, includes green-grey, blue-grey, and black bumpers.

The LaCie Rugged All-Terrain Portable 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
Rugged All-Terrain drive, FireWire 800 cable, FireWire 400 cable, USB 2.0 cable, USB power-sharing cable, and quick start guide.


LaCie Rugged All-Terrain 301291 250 GB USB 2.0/FireWire400/FireWire800 Portable Hard Drive

Optional bumpers let you easily change the look of your Rugged All-Terrain.


Product Details

Capacity: 250 GB
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 7.5 x 2.2 inches ; 1.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B000VW2QRM
  • Item model number: 301291
  • National Stock Number: 7025-01-568-5733
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (484 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 7, 2004

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

216 of 219 people found the following review helpful By Claire Jordan TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 7, 2010
Size: 500 GB
I've used LaCie drives for years and they seem to fail far less often than other drives I've used (WD, Seagate, Maxtor.) Perhaps one of the reasons that my hard drives fail often is that I tend to be a little rough on them. I edit video, often on location, so I drag my drives all over the place. I'm hoping with it's rubberized shell, this LaCie will go the distance. I love that it is self-powered so I don't have to lug a power adapter with me. It's one of the few portable drives that is fast enough for video editing. I purchased the case LaCie Cozy 3.5-Inch Hard Drive Carrying Case 130903 (Grey) for it as well to further protect it. I'll update this review if it dies.

Update: I've used this drive for a year and it's still going strong. I'm going to upgrade to a larger capacity model soon.

PS - It always makes my day to know that people find these reviews helpful. So, please vote (the "Was this review helpful to you: Yes or No" buttons) and leave a comment if you'd like, even if it's just to say, "Hi!" I respond to all comments so feel free to ask a question about the product. Also, when you leave a comment, I will go to your reviews and pay you the same courtesy.
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Size: 250 GB
The LaCie 250 GB Rugged Hard Disk with FireWire 800, FireWire 400, and USB2.0 is a great unit that is ideal for those with fire-wire ports built-in to their laptops and computers. Unfortunately while most Macs have fire-wire built-in, right now the majority of Windows based laptops do not. That is changing as more PCs are getting them built-in. I need drives for several computers, including Mac, Windows and Linux boxes. Suffice it to say that this drive is definitely a must own if you have a Mac and may even be worth installing a fire-wire card if you have a PC.

While it is no secret that I love my WD hard-drives, the LaCie drive definitely outperforms it in a few key areas. So depending on your needs, it may be well worth the small premium to pick up the LaCie.

Don't get me wrong, when it comes to value and best performance for your buck the Western Digital My Passport Essential 320GB USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive (Intense Blue) is a great option. Like the LaCie, it has a variety of color options including black, red, white and blue. Of course changing colors on your LaCie is much easier than buying a different color WD drive when the mood strikes. The rugged color bands are interchangeable. The WD also doesn't have the "rugged" edges of the LaCie, and it only has USB 2.0 which makes it impractical for certain situations.

Namely, if you want to run something off your external drive, such as a program or a media library, the performance of USB alone is just not as good.
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127 of 129 people found the following review helpful By Ryan G on January 30, 2008
Size: 250 GB
I'm using this with my macbook pro. I looked around a lot because the macbook only has 2 USB ports, so I wanted something I could plug in somewhere else. The Firewire 800 is fast, and it powers the drive, so no carrying around another power pack.

The drive comes with all the cables you will need firewire 800, 400, USB, and a optional power cord if you have an older laptop that might not be pushing enough amps through the USB (ie. you may have to plug 1 USB in for the data, and 1 for the power).

It was plug and play for me. No installing of drivers or any other monkey biz. Just started backing up data.
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89 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Claire Jordan TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 7, 2010
Size: 320 GB
I've used LaCie drives for years and they seem to fail far less often than other drives I've used (WD, Seagate, Maxtor.) Perhaps one of the reasons that my hard drives fail often is that I tend to be a little rough on them. I edit video, often on location, so I drag my drives all over the place. I'm hoping with it's rubberized shell, this LaCie will go the distance. I love that it is self-powered so I don't have to lug a power adapter with me. It's one of the few portable drives that is fast enough for video editing. I purchased the case LaCie Cozy 3.5-Inch Hard Drive Carrying Case 130903 (Grey) for it as well to further protect it. I'll update this review if it dies.

Update: I've used this drive for a year and it's still going strong. I'm going to upgrade to a larger capacity model soon.

PS - It always makes my day to know that people find these reviews helpful. If you'd also like to ask a question or leave a comment I usually respond the same day, so if you have a question or comment (even if it's just to say, Hi!") feel free to post it below.

Thanks,
Claire
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90 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Mark Mitchell on July 18, 2010
Size: 500 GB
After 6 months of acceptable performance, the drive failed. I'm now on month 2 working with LaCie customer support "Mark H." who always promptly replies within 24 hours with one of three answers: 1. the cable I'm using is broken, not the drive; 2. the USB connection on my computer is broken, not the drive; 3. my computer is broken, not the drive.

Clearly, there's a pattern here.

I've tested all three of these possibilities many times and none of them are true. I've asked LaCie to replace the drive, and they (again, promptly and courteously) tell me I must have done something wrong when testing one of their theories. It's amazing.

So based on the number of negative reviews on Amazon, let's say there's a 25% chance the drive will fail. And based on my experience, you've got a 100% chance of never getting the drive replaced if it does fail.

So buying one of these means you've got a 1 in 4 chance of throwing your money down the toilet.
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