LaCie Rugged All-Terrain 320 GB FireWire 800/FireWire 400/USB 2.0 7200RPM Portable External Hard Drive 301438
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You live in the real world full of bumps, spills and adventures. The ultra-portable LaCie Rugged Hard Disk is your data’s best protection for the real world. This external storage solution offers the supreme speed of FireWire 800 along with FireWire 400 and Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interfaces for true universal connectivity. Exchanging data between Macs and PCs is easy with LaCie’s Triple Interface solution. It even comes with a USB power-sharing cable for low powered USB hubs/computers. Since it’s bus-powered and plug and play, simply plug it into just about any computer anywhere. With maximum interface transfer rates of up to 800Mbits/s with FireWire 800 and 7200rpm and 320GB storage capacity, this high performance hard drive is ideal for audio/video and digital content creators. Take it with you when working on the road or transferring files from one desktop computer to another. It’s perfect for Apple PowerBook G5 or G4 users who need data backup, video storage and large data volume exchange like DV video on the go. Its unique varnished, scratch-protected aluminum shell and shock-resistant rubber sleeve make the LaCie Rugged Hard Disk especially resistant to harsh elements for extra protection wherever you go. The exclusive creation of world-renown designer Neil Poulton, the LaCie Rugged Hard Disk is essentially our award-winning, popular PocketDrive with a new and improved design. Box Content: LaCie Rugged Hard Disk, FireWire 800 (9-to-9 pin) cable, FireWire 400 (6-to-6 pin) cable, Hi-Speed USB 2.0 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).
From the Manufacturer
The LaCie Rugged All-Terrain 320 GB 7200 RPM FireWire 800/FireWire 400/USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive is built to survive the harsh elements of the real world. This durable, portable storage drive offers 320 GB of storage along with a universal high-speed USB 2.0 connection and FireWire 400 and FireWire 800 interfaces. Built with a rugged aluminum alloy shell and a shock-resistant rubber bumper, this drive is designed especially for your on-the-go data needs.
If you travel a lot with your data, the Rugged All-Terrain 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 also USB 1.1 backward compatible) along with both FireWire 400 and FireWire 800 interfaces. This triple-interface functionality, along with the drive's driver-free and plug-and-play features, makes exchanging data between computers -- especially 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. And it requires no extra drivers for Windows XP/2000/Vista and Mac OS X operating systems.
Fast Performance for Digital Media Applications
This high-performance drive features an extremely fast spin speed of 7200 RPM, an 8 MB cache, and a transfer rate of up to 800 Mbits per second via the FireWire 800 connection. This makes is fast enough for you to work on your digital media files directly on the drive itself.
Measuring a mere 3.5 x 1 x 5.7 inches (WxHxD) and weighing less than nine ounces, the Rugged All-Terrain 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.
Backup Software Included
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). In addition, the Rugged All-Terrain is compatible with Apple Time Machine.
All-Terrain Protection: Design by Neil Poulton
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-resistant 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 style points, the Rugged All-Terrain can be outfitted with additional colorful bumpers that will keep your drive protected. Easy-to-change and durable, they are made of the same quality rubber as the original bright orange Rugged sleeve. The optional set, which is sold separately, includes green-gray, blue-gray, and black bumpers.
The LaCie Rugged All-Terrain Portable Hard Drive is backed by a 3-year limited warranty.
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.
Top customer reviews
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 - Writing reviews has become an accidental hobby for me, and it always makes my day to know that people find my reviews helpful (and if not, why.) Also, if you have any questions, clarifications, or comments please feel free to leave a comment below. I usually respond pretty quickly and almost always within 24 hours.
I don't buy USB only devices. USB is slow, and my time is worth more than the few dollars difference to get multiple interfaces on my drives. I use Firewire 800 when possible, but it's nice that USB works.
Portable drives get thrown around a lot more than a desktop unit, and with passive cooling it's no surprise they have a higher failure rate. I've found out the hard way that the most reliable devices are those that don't push the engineering limits of the case, and contain a drive that's a bit more mature. Thus, I don't get the "biggest" drive and I try to select drive sizes that I know have been shipping for some time. Since performance is important to me, I select 7200 RPM drives although they tend to run hotter than the 5400 RPM devices.
I've carried my latest LaCie 320GB 7200RPM drive back and forth to work every day for over a year, I run my email off of it and have never had a failure with this drive or any of the Rugged Terrain enclosures I've been using since they started shipping. When I'm loading the drive up with it's initial 70GB of data, it gets hot, but unless I'm doing a lost of copying, or backing up the entire device, it stays warm, not hot.
I've got at least 8 of these in use around my company, not one has failed. I hope you are as lucky as I am!
I only have a couple of issues with it, which have not affected the performance of the drive in any way. The first is that the firewire cable does not fit snugly into the firewire port on my MBP. That's really weird. One wrong move and the cable flies out of there like it's a MagSafe adapter. So, I've learned not to move too fast or too far.
The 2nd issue is that I have no where to put this thing. Obviously, that's not the drive's fault, but I think the word portable is a little deceptive with all drives of this type. If I'm sitting at a desk, it's a non-issue. The drive lays on the desk - ta da! But I am using a laptop, which is supposed to be portable. So picking it up and moving it with the drive is kind of exciting. And then, if I'm using it while sitting on the couch (which happens way more often than the desk scenario), my only option is to put it on the arm of the couch. This isn't really optimal because of the the 1st issue and also leads me to my last & final issue....
This drive gets hot. I mean really hot. So hot that, if I put the drive on the arm of my leather couch, it will leave a mark on the leather just from the heat. As I stated, none of this has seemed to have any impact on the drive's performance and I hope it continues to be that way.
Since the drive's performance is absolutely awesome, it gets 4 stars. Unplugging too easily and getting hot cost it 1 star. The portability issue is probably just me and I should probably seek the guidance of a good therapist.