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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on October 22, 2013
Bought this to record multitrack audio over Thunderbolt from a Mac Mini. The mini's internal 5400 rpm drive is a little slow for recording multiple WAV files at once (especially if any other system duties require disk access at the time), so I added this drive. There is an amazing amount of overhead on this thing -- its LED shows only minimal activity while writing 24 tracks of 48KHz sound files in real time. Transferring files to other machines via USB 3.0 is also terrifically fast. With no power supply needed it makes the unit ultimately convenient to move between workstations. It's also silent, so it's a perfect device to use in audio recording situations. NOTE: the product description I saw on Amazon did not indicate that there was a Thunderbolt cable included with the drive. When I got the shipment, I discovered that there was, indeed, a Thunderbolt cable in the box, and I didn't need to buy the $30 Apple cable that I had added to my purchase.
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49 of 60 people found the following review helpful
on July 2, 2013
I had been using the LaCie with two Macs. The Thunderbolt port stopped working with both Macs. Neither of the Macs has a USB 3.0 port, so I'm stuck as far as the Macs are concerned. When I plug the Thunderbolt cable into either Mac, the light on the drive flashes continuously at a very high rate, but neither Mac detects the drive.

When you set up the LaCie, you can define two partitions, a Share partition formatted for both Mac and PC and a partition formatted for Mac only. Neither of the partitions will now register through the Thunderbolt port. Both will register through the USB 2.0 ports on the Macs. Oddly, on one of the Macs, even the USB 2.0 port is crippled; I've not been able to salvage a single file from the LaCie with that Mac. Files that were copied were corrupted. Currently only the folders are visible and not the files. Fortunately, USB 2.0 works on the other Mac, and I've been able to salvage the files. Both of the Macs are recent models running Mountain Lion. There were no software updates made to the Macs that could have triggered the problem.

I did not make this purchase on Amazon. I bought it new and in its unopened original packaging on eBay. I haven't determined how LaCie will treat me on this. Was the LaCie I purchased on eBaY only sold there because it was known to be defective? It's unlikely, but not impossible. I'm telling you the whole story.

One thing I noticed was that when it was working, the drive stayed very warm when plugged into a computer via the Thunderbolt port, even when idle and even after it had been ejected on the Mac. I've read similar comments from other users, so that's not just my unit. As you'd expect, it sped up the drain on my MacBook Air. If the LaCie hadn't stopped working simultaneously on both computers, I'd worry that it had damaged the computers.

Bottom line: this expensive drive has reliability that is highly suspect. I wish I knew of a better alternative to recommend. If anyone knows of one, please add a comment. Also, if anyone has one of these that doesn't run very warm, please offer a comment. If that were the case, users could buy from Amazon and return the ones that ran warm.

Later addition: I now see that 2 people took the trouble to say that they found this review helpful, while 10 went to the trouble to say that it was not helpful. This is a hazard of writing negative reviews: you get a lot of "unhelpful" hits. Amazon keeps score on "helpful" versus "unhelpful" responses, and the "unhelpfuls" hurt the reviewer's rating. Of course, if a review appears to be dishonest or misleading we should indicate that it is unhelpful. If it doesn't provide a highly positive evaluation, some may think it hasn't helped them find an answer since it didn't say "buy this." Some people who have good luck with a product, or just WANT to like it, will go down the line and hit the "unhelpful" button for every one-star and two-star review. I personally value positive and negative reviews equally when they are based on real-world, hands-on experience with a product that I can't test for myself. In the case of this review, I went out of my way to warn people of what happened to me. In the past, I've gone back and deleted honest, but negative, reviews because of the "unhelpful" scores they generated. I'm not going to do that on this one yet, but if the "unhelpful" hits keep coming, I'll have no choice. Deleting the review is, in a sense, dishonest, so I'm going to hang tough for a while. BTW, my reviews are about 10-to-1 positive. Also, if I solve early problems, I go back and increase my score and explain why I did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 21, 2015
I have a 2014 27" iMac whose speed with the internal traditional drive just wasn't cutting it. After a fair amount of reading online, I decided to try this via the Thunderbolt port as my boot drive and the drive on which I store all my software as well as my Dropbox folder. (Photo and music library and all other storage is now the old internal drive.) The result has been like buying a new computer. Boot time is under 30 seconds, and Creative Cloud apps load in the blink of an eye. I did make the effort to do a completely clean install of Yosemite and all my apps. I had suspected for a while that old hidden files of preferences and other stuff from previous versions of software may have been taking its toll on speed. Total time to get everything installed and configured was probably 3 hours, and I feel like I've already made up that time in day-to-day speed just in the few weeks I've had it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2013
Very fast read/write speed except it is a bit bulky. You need have a laptop bag big enough to carry this external drive
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Very fast ssd. Very fast USB. Sometimes it is faster than the computer hard drive itself. A little pricy, though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 1, 2013
I am a mobile DJ and I use this drive to back up my entire collection. Being SSD it is super FAST. Price is great and with USB 3.0 you can't beat the speed (unless of course you have Thunderbolt).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 2013
The Software is much easier to use than my previous major brand backup drive and offers flexible setup options. Speed is as advertised...Very fast !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 16, 2014
Fast and silent.
Been using it for over a year via thunderbolt.
Only issue is from the OS X side keeping trim enabled.
Have to reenable trim after every software update.
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on August 18, 2014
This drive is pretty great for what I needed. It could be better though.

My work computer was having some issues with the OSX install, and needed to by wiped and redone, but I didn't have time to to it all at once. This drive allowed me to keep moving at a real work pace versus using a USB 2.0 drive to boot from. My work Mac only has USB 2.0, Firewire 800, and Thunderbolt options. I was able to get my setup configured on this drive, and step over to it completely while I began redoing my internal drive setup.

The LaCie Rugged (9000352) is fast, writing at about 245 MB/s and reading at around 380 MB/s. Not the fastest SSD, but a lot faster than your standard spinning drive. I wish it was a faster SSD. That would have secured the 5 star rating.
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on May 14, 2015
This drive is so fast.. I use it with my Macbook Pro Retina late 2013 i7. Its just as fast as my internal flash drive. I also use it on my iMac i7 and it works flawlessly. As soon as I plug it in, it recognizes it immediately. Definitely a great drive. A little too expensive, though IMO... I wish the thunderbold wire that is attached to it was a little more sturdy when you plug it in.. It feels kind of loose and too small for the port on my macbook pro. It's fine I guess cause I'm not moving my macbook all around.
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