- Brand Name: LaCie
- Model Number: 301830
- Hard Disk Size: 320 GB
- Manufacturer Warranty Description: 2 Year
- Hardware Platform: Mac
LaCie Little Disk 320 GB FW 400 / USB 2.0 Hard Drive, design by Sam Hecht
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- Stylish portable 320 GB hard drive designed by Sam Hecht
- Integrated USB 2.0 connector with bus power
- Two FireWire 400 connections
- Measures 3.19 x 0.71 x 5.08 inches (WxHxD); backed by a 2-year warranty
From the Manufacturer
The LaCie Little Disk features both FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 connections, giving you maximum versatility and compatibility wherever you go. The USB 2.0 connection works with nearly all computers, and the LaCie Little Disk makes it especially easy because the USB cable is integrated into the drive, so it can't be lost or forgotten. The Little Disk is also USB bus-powered, so you don't need to carry around a cumbersome power supply; just bring the drive with you and it will power off whatever computer you connect it to. The drive's USB 2.0 offers an interface transfer rate of up to 480 Mbps, and up to 34MB/s burst speed. An optional USB extension cable is included if you need a longer cable than the one that's built in.
FireWire 400 offers speeds of up to 400Mbps interface transfer rate and 41MB/s burst transfer speed. Like the USB connection, power is carried in the FireWire bus itself, so no power supply is needed. The Little Disk also includes two FireWire connectors, allowing you can daisy-chain additional devices if you'd like. The disk itself features a spin speed of 5400 RPM or greater and an 8 MB or larger cache, giving you outstanding performance.
LaCie Software Bundle Included
Included with the Little Disk are LaCie software bundles to enhance its performance and functionality. LaCieSync: Synchronization and Encryption Software allows you to transport your important data with you safely. Just plug the Mobile Disk into any PC to access and modify your files or emails, and the software will sync your updated changes back to your office or home computer. And for added security, your data is protected by 128-bit encryption (Windows only). The drive also includes LaCie's 1-Click Backup Software (for Mac and PC) and SilverKeeper Backup Software (Mac).
In addition to its highly portable features, the Little Disk is also incredibly simple to operate. With plug-and-play functionality, the Little Disk can be installed by simply plugging it into your computer. It comes preformatted, so it can be used across multiple platforms and it's conveniently driver-free. Just plug the Little Disk into any computer to access and modify your files, emails (Microsoft Outlook) or personal settings, and it will sync updated data back to your computer quickly and securely with AES 128-bit encryption (Windows only).
Shortcut Button for Simple Backup
LaCie makes things even easier by letting you launch the backup software, the synchronization software, or any application or document you want by pushing the LaCie Shortcut Button on the front of the drive. Setup is a cinch -- just install the software and set up the button action.
Designed by Sam Hecht
The Little Disk features an exclusive design by Sam Hecht, an award winning UK-based industrial designer. The internationally-acclaimed Hecht studied industrial design at the Royal College of Art in London and has designed for many leading technology companies, including Epson, Muji Japan, Panasonic and others.
The Little Disk features an elegant high-gloss, black finish with clean, simple lines. It comes with a removable protective cap that will protect the disk in your travels. Its thin, lightweight and compact form (the Little Disk measures a mere 3.19 x 5.08 x 0.71 inches and weighs less than seven ounces) allows you to easily take your photo album, MP3 library and important data wherever you go.
The LaCie Little Disk is Mac and PC compatible and is backed by a 2-year manufacturer's 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 Little Disk, USB extension cable, USB power-sharing cable, FireWire 6-to-6 pin cable, quick install guide, user's manual, LaCieSync: Synchronization & Encryption Software (Windows), LaCie 1-Click Backup Software (Windows/Mac), LaCie SilverKeeper Backup Software (Mac), and carrying case.
Top Customer Reviews
So this was the perfect purchase for me.
I was very excited because of how small and beautiful it is. Everything transferred from my other external hard drive with no problem, the FireWire made it super fast, so far so good.
Then, the disk lost its connection with my Macbook because the FireWire cord is so short and the disk itself is so small; it slipped out of my hands by accident. I got the "device removal warning" and grimaced, but figured I would be okay. Nope. All of my LaCie data was corrupt and I had to repair the disk, erase everything, and re-transfer from my older external. From then, everything started working again.
Then two nights ago, I connected my year-old iPod to "erase and sync" with my new library (my Macbook is new too). After a few seconds, I got an error message saying that my iPod "could not be read from or written to." Since the "erase" had been done before the "sync," I now had an empty iPod that couldn't be written to (essentially, a paperweight). I restored my iPod twice and frantically searched Mac forums + support pages; I tried every one of the 10 to 20 solutions to fix possible reasons for this error. No luck.
Finally, this morning I took everything (iPod, Macbook, LaCie Little Disk) to the Genius Bar at Apple and we figured out eventually that it was the LaCie drive that was the problem (songs were transferred to my iPod with no problem from an Apple Store computer, and from my own Macbook's internal hard drive). Either the iPod (or iPod's software) wasn't compatible with the LaCie's (or its software); the USB connections weren't compatible (I tried both USB ports and FireWire on the LaCie), or something else.
Needless to say, I have to return this thing tomorrow (after backing my data up again) and buy a different drive (& start all over again). Not happy.
Portable hard drives nowadays are pretty generic when it comes to performance and capacity so I find the distinguishing features are the type of connectivity offered and product design. It's amazing how few Mac friendly portable hard drives there are in the market and even the ones which say they are for Mac have drawbacks. One case in point is Western Digital's My Passport Studio portable drive - it needs to be connected via a supplied hybrid Firewire/ USB cable. Lose it and you're stuffed. Sure you can use USB only portable drives but performance is not as good as Firewire.
The LaCie comes out on top here thanks to an integrated USB cable and not one but two Firewire ports. The second port is to provide a connection for additional power (cable supplied) but I have found that connecting the drive directly to my MacBook via Firewire works fine. I presume 2x FireWire also means it would be possible to daisy chain the drive which is another bonus.
Where I have deducted one star is the design. A glossy piano black plastic casing? What were LaCie and Sam Hecht thinking?! While I agree the design looks great, it is not very practical and the plastic case will get scratched and scuffed in no time - not good if like me you like to keep your stuff looking pristine. Finally, I am a bit disappointed that the footprint of the Little Disk is slightly larger than the older Porsche designed drive.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Mine malfunctioned within a year and the company replaced it, but I had to send it to them to physically inspect! Read morePublished 7 months ago by A. Johnson
It's a hard disk, with usb or firewire conectors, perfect for me, cause i work in Mac and PC. It is my main disk to travel, work in my house and studio, doing music.Published on February 11, 2012 by ssoffiatti
-Januray 1, 2010- For a firewire 400 drive, this product is an excellent choice at a great price. I am using this as an emergency backup drive, and the built-in USB cable makes... Read morePublished on January 31, 2010 by Lyndsey M.
I bought this hard drive about six months ago, including a robust case to keep it from damage. Nevertheless, this piece of crap crapped out on me today after 6 months of use. Read morePublished on October 4, 2009 by Cyberpunk
I have never had any problems with LaCie drives before but this drive routinely fails. When using firewire the non-ventilated plastic case overheats. Read morePublished on August 18, 2009 by J. Culver
I paid quite a bit more than the current price for my 250GB LaCie Little Disk and I have never regretted it. It has consistently been a great performer. What more can I say?Published on June 2, 2009 by Alansky
Initialized easily for a Mac. Used software to make a backup disk. Disk very light and fast when using Firewire. The end cap makes this drive great for travel. Read morePublished on March 17, 2009 by DJ
This LaCie hard drive is easy to setup, stylish, and can fit just about anywhere. I haven't had any connectivity problems, nor have I used the softward bundled on the drive--but I... Read morePublished on March 6, 2009 by Carlos Gomez