- Brand Name: LaCie
- Model Number: 300703U
- Hard Disk Size: 250.0 GB
- Manufacturer Warranty Description: 1 year warranty
- Hardware Platform: Mac, PC
LaCie 250GB External Hard Drive with FireWire Interface, Design By F.A. Porche ( 300703U )
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- Save photos, MP3s, videos
- Stackable to save desk space
- Fast FireWire 400 connection
- Comes with LaCie 1-Click backup software
- PC and Mac compatible
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From the Manufacturer
- Save your files, photos, MP3s and videos
- Simple setup; easy-to-use
- Lightweight, durable and stackable
- Comes with LaCie '1-Click' Backup Software
Top Customer Reviews
The Porsche drives also lack an internal fan, which makes them extremely quiet. The lack of a fan should not be a concern. Today's hard drives are incredibly reliable and able to tolerate heat better. I have recorded hours of continuous DV video using Final Cut Pro without a single dropped frame. The 7200RPM mechanism is more than enough for DV video.
Let's face it, an external 250GB drive for less than US$200 is a whopping good deal! You can buy two to create a 1/2 terabyte RAID for less than $400! Or create a 1 TB RAID for less than $800!
I use an Apple iBook, using Firewire, to transfer my information to and from the drive. In my opinion, much of the issues that have been written here are in regards to users who chose the USB 2.0 version, rather than the Firewire version. The data transfer rate for Firewire is much more reliable than USB 2.0.
I have found the LaCie drive to be simple, well-designed, sleek and reliable. The drive makes minimal noise compared to other brands I have used. The only times that I found it hot, were normally because I had placed something that has disruppted the fan from circulating enough air.
Overall, I would highly recommend this product to anyone looking to store large amounts of data in a minimal amount of space.
+ Good Price/Storage Capacity
+ Small & Portable & Quiet
+ 110/220 Volts
+ Firewire drives are faster than USB2 drives
+ Additional (2 ports) firewire for multiple Firewire connections
- Software MacDrive 6 is trial only, not full version.
- Power brick is not small
- Power on switch is on the back and is a little switch, not a button.
- Firewire cable is included (+good+) but it's short
Highly recommended for OS X users!
They advertise the Al body as a "heat sink" but the drive does not have proper contact with the drive to transfer the heat, and then the Al shell doesn't have enough SA to transfer the heat off either.
The drive continues to generate heat endlessly until reaches a peak temp well over a safe operating limit for the poor Seagate drive inside. That is the reason these things die after a few months.
Above all else is the fact that this drive cannot stay cool (It never seems to idle when not being accessed? Ridiculous design or a firmware error.) , but that's not the only problems.
They advertise a the USB 2.0 specs (480mbps) with a sustained transfer rate of 34MB/s which is average and almost a bare minimum for some tasks (16x DVD Write for example). But the sustained read rate (Out to the computer) is ~10MB/s (80mbps) with no other devices attached (The drive has sole access and full resources of the integrated USB 2.0 bus). This results in even an 8x! Burn failure, because a 8x DVD write requires the drive to read at a minimum of ~11.8MB.
The total lack of insulation and auditory conductivity of the Al body makes the drive very loud to top it all off.
Most people's reviews posted around a year after purchase tells of the drive failure due to an abomination in thermal design.
STAY AWAY FROM LACIE, THEY SACRIFICE PERFORMANCE AND RELIABILITY FOR AN AESTHETICALLY PLEASING DESIGN!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I used to be a big LaCie fan - great hardware, innovative designs... Overall, excellent quality. Those days are long gone! Read morePublished on July 30, 2010 by jphmedia
I have been a loyal LaCie user for years, and have paid the price - literally. No more.
LaCie external hard drives will outlive their warranty. Read more
I's a Ok external HD, not much to say about it, works fine, had no problems.Published on January 27, 2008 by J. Justesen
This wonderful product is my "insurance" against data loss. Making a back-up is so simple and fast with FireWire, I do it frequently. Read morePublished on November 4, 2007 by StarProf
Worked great for a year and crapped-out on the 13 month. I can not recommend. Even turned it off when not in use. Not sure where it went wrong.Published on November 2, 2007 by L. Mclain
I've been using this drive for about a year as a backup drive for my PowerBook and (on a separate partition) as a place to store my iTunes library. Read morePublished on July 11, 2007 by James Schmidt
If you are one of those millions of computer users who still back up their data on DVDRs, I have a message for you. Read morePublished on July 3, 2007 by Amazon Customer
Slim and really beutyfull, maby a bit noisy but it really dosent bother, its been working well for the past monthPublished on June 12, 2007 by A. Cosenza
I own this drive and there are several major problems.
The biggest problem is that the power supply is connected to the drive using a round head with 4 internal pins. Read more