- Contains External Power Adapter
- Mac Compatible
- Minimum RAM: 32 MB
LaCie Hard Disk 1TB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive designed by Neil Poulton 301304U
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- 1 TB USB external hard drive with a stunning design by Neil Poulton
- Fast USB 2.0 interface offers connectivity and transfer rates of up to 480 Mbps
- Plug and Play functionality for both Macs and Windows
- Measures 4.6 x 1.8 x 7.6 inches (WxHxD); 2-year limited warranty
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From the Manufacturer
Designed by internationally acclaimed designer Neil Poulton, the Hard Disk features sleek and sophisticated styling. The case is entirely black with a fashionable, mirror-polished finish. A cool, blue LED strip on the bottom casts an ambient glow. The ultra-minimalist look will blend perfectly into home entertainment setups and workstations.
But don't think the design is just about looking good. Built to optimize heat dissipation so that it can operate without a fan, the drive is also designed for convenience and portability. At just 4.6 x 1.8 x 7.6 inches (WxHxD) and weighing barely two pounds, it can be easily transported into your briefcase, allowing you to shuttle files between your home and office, or move your work between your laptop and desktop with ease.
More Space for More Media
With an additional 1 TB of disk space, the Hard Disk can store up to 70 hours of DV video or 270,000 or over 1 million photos. Instead of having all this data stored on an internal drive on your desktop computer that can't be moved around, imagine being able to carry your entire digital media collection with you on your travels. You can also use the drive to back up your computer files for extra security.
Fast Performance and Exceptional Compatibility
Using the universal and fast USB 2.0 interface, which offers a transfer rate of up to 480 Mbps, this drive will work with both Macs and PCs. Just plug it in and play it. The drive is pre-formatted for use across Windows and Macs, doesn't require any additional drivers, and is ready to go seconds after being removed from the box. The drive features a rotational speed of 7200 RPM and has a cache of at least 8 MB, providing performance that won't keep you waiting for your files to backup or your media to play.
The LaCie 500 GB USB 2.0 Hard Disk, Design by Neil Poulton is backed by a 2-year limited warranty.
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, USB 2.0 cable, external power supply, quick install guide, LaCie utilities (preloaded on drive), user's manual, backup software.
Top Customer Reviews
The rest of the setup was fast. The Mac found the drive quickly, and so did Time Machine. The Time Machine software asked me which partition I wanted to use, and once that was decided on, Time Machine took off, and has been backing up ever since. How simple is that?
Also, most of the specs I read on this drive show a cache of 16 mb, but the drive as delivered, much to my pleasant surprise, has a cache of 32 mb. Even with the USB connection (I think firewire, which is available on some other La Cie drives, is about 15% faster), I found the file transfer time more than acceptable. I have run video from the drive with no issues. Also, I often transfer rather large photo files, and graphic images to and from the drive, and again no issues.
All that being said, for the money, the drive is hard to beat.
The USB cable is kinda short, about 8", so if you're not planning on placing this directly next to or on the box you're backing up plan to purchase or use a different USB cable.
Pros: great case, good size (a largish paperback; slightly narrower, lower and longer than my Mac Mini), on/off button, small adapter with a regular plug, no fan, relatively low light output from the front indicator.
Cons: louder than other fanless drives (compared to the Seagate eSATA 750), ambient light flickers with drive activity (I'd prefer a constant light).
Depends: only has USB.
In my opinion, online images make it look bigger than it is. Check the dimensions. The smooth black case lacks prominent logos. They can be stacked, but only two. I assume this is for heat dissipation reasons.
Why only 4 stars? Lacie's advertising claims it is "near-silent". Close, but not quite.
1 of these drives has failed as of 4/2009. Neither has ever been used for anything but a backup drive, so it's not as though it failed from overuse. I'm somewhat disappointed. I doubt I'll buy Lacie again.
With all this said, I am not a big fan of Samsung drives which this unit contains. And the fact that the first drive was DOA just made me a little more nervous. I can not rely on this as my sole back up drive. I keep my precious data on my 320gb Maxtor which has endured many 3-4 feet falls over the span of 5 years and this Lacie serves as a 2nd back up.
Unit runs relatively cool and quiet, just remember to put it on a solid surface because the bottom is responsible for heat dissipation. For example, if you put it on your bed, it will turn into a fireball pretty quickly.
Case looks very cool, and keep in mind that all external drives are more prone to failure than internal drives. I suggest you buy this through Amazon thus allowing you to exchange/return easily if you have any problems with it.
As for me, I wait before if this thing lasts a few trips in a luggage and runs 24/7 for another 3-4 months before I upgrade it to keep more important data.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This bad boy is a work horse! I've had it for over six years now and this thing still works like a champ, plus the black casing is pretty badass. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Luciano Drummond
One word JUNK! Cannot converse with my computer. Cannot put new folder on drive. Cannot delete items that "accident;y" were placed on drive. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
There is an error in the drive and it only reads 9.99MB of memory instead of the 1TB that is supposed to have. Unfortunately I was away from the continental US to return it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Raul
Since I bought it in November 2009, it has worked great. It has not failed me even once and gives me confidence and security, to have my backups there. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Alberto Leon
This technology has gotten a little older now since it is still using USB 2.0, but I am actually writing this review 4.5 years after purchasing this product. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Adams Family
I just realized i bought this drive over 6 years ago and its still going strong.*knock on wood* . Ive had no issues . Read morePublished 6 months ago by Energy
This thing has done exactly as I need and has lasted a very long time. I have never even come close to filling it. Definitely worth the money!Published 7 months ago by Drizzerey
.After several months of playing around trying to get it to stay on or having to eject it each night, I got frustrated and disk doctored it for errors, none found, and then erased... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Charles D. Greene