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LaCie Rugged All-Terrain 250 GB USB 2.0/FireWire 400/800 Portable External Hard Drive 301291
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- 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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|Connectivity Technology||usb, firewire||usb, firewire||usb, firewire||mini usb, usb||usb||usb|
|Digital Storage Capacity||250 GB||500 GB||2 TB||2 TB||1 TB||1 TB|
|Hard Disk Description||External hard drive||portable||Portable||Portable, Mini||Portable||Desktop|
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|Hardware Connectivity||IDE||USB 3.0||USB 3.0||USB 3.0||USB||USB|
|Item Dimensions||5.71 x 3.54 x 0.98 in||3.5 x 1 x 5.7 in||3.5 x 5.5 x 1 in||3.39 x 0.74 x 5.32 in||3.5 x 5.5 x 0.97 in||7.6 x 4.6 x 1.8 in|
|Item Weight||0.55 lb||0.58 lb||0.75 lb||3.52 ounces||4.16 ounces||2.09 lbs|
|Memory Storage Capacity||—||0.5 TB||2 TB||2 TB||1 TB||1 TB|
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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.
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.
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.
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Moreover, the entire drive eventually failed, making various clicking noises and otherwise being very unreliable. It would periodically unmount from the computer, and not just because of the aforementioned lose cables, but rather the problem associated with the clicking noise.
So, for me the drive failed after owning it for a very very brief time and barely handling it.
The only thing that concerns me, is that I often leave this drive connected to my iMac - and then when I check it, it is HOT to the touch. Not hot enough to burn, but hot enough to worry about. Lately I try to remember to eject and disconnect it when I don't need to use it. I hope the heat buildup isn't going to contribute to its early demise. But the super-heating is the reason why I don't use it as the drive for my iMac's Time Machine backup, for which I'd need to leave it connected pretty much all the time. For the same reason, I make sure not to have the only copy of any critical data on this drive, for fear of losing it sooner rather than later.
It's lasted nearly two years and I hope it lasts longer. But I don't think I'll buy another of these drives. I have a WD portable drive with Firewire and USB ports which is connected all the time to my iMac as the Time Machine disk. It's not even noticeably warm to the touch. My next external Firewire-capable drive will probably be another WD.
So I bought a second one of these drives to use on my Dell XPS laptop. My intention was to use it as a firewire drive to get the benefit of the impressive speed since my laptop has a mini-firewire connection port. In this configuration though, I have yet to get it to work. In the firewire port alone, it does not get enough power from the laptop. There is a cable that they provide so that you can get power from the usb bus while still connecting firewire, but that doesn't seem to work either. So I'm stumped.
Conclusion: if you plan to use this on a desktop system, you're all set. If you are buying this for a laptop, you may want to re-think it.