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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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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: LaCie
  • Model Number: 300703U
  • Hard Disk Size: 250.0 GB
  • Manufacturer Warranty Description: 1 year warranty
  • Hardware Platform: Mac, PC
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Product Description

Product Description

Designed by the world-famous Porsche Design Agency GmbH, the LaCie Hard Drive exhibits world-class style and elite performance. With 250GB of storage room, you can back up your entire system, or supplement your data warehousing potential when your internal hard drive is reaching capacity. Dimensions - 1.4H x 4.4W x 7.4D; weighs 31.7 ounces OS Compatibility - Windows 98SE, ME, 2000, XP or Mac OS 9.1, OS 10.2.1+ Note - i.LINK users must use a 4-pin to 6-pin cable; FireWire 800 users must use a 9-pin to 6-pin cable (both sold separately)

From the Manufacturer

LaCie has teamed up with the renowned design agency Porsche Design GmbH to create this family of hard drives. With these drives now you’ve got a stylish place to put all of your music, videos and data. Set up is quick and easy. Within seconds the LaCie Hard Drive is ready to start sharing on either PCs or Macs.

User Benefits

  • Save your files, photos, MP3s and videos
  • Simple setup; easy-to-use
  • Lightweight, durable and stackable
  • Comes with LaCie '1-Click' Backup Software


Product Information

Product Dimensions 7.4 x 4.4 x 1.4 inches
Item Weight 3.5 pounds
Shipping Weight 3.5 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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ASIN B000117D9O
Item model number 300703U
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3.0 out of 5 stars 69 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #3,175 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > External Hard Drives
Date first available at Amazon.com November 16, 2003

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LaCie top notch quality shines again in this new Porsche designed desktop drive. It's notably smaller and lighter than LaCie's "d2" line of drives. Where d2 uses a metal enclosure, the Porsche drives use metallic plastic with a chromed front. As with most external drives, this is also uses a power brick, so there is no internal power core which generates heat.

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!
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I bought this hard drive on August 30, 2003. I haven't had a problem since, and I've been using it practically everyday.

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.
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I was looking for an external hard drive to use it for backup and to use it to move files between my Mac and Windows computer. This drive does the job. It comes with a trial of MacDrive 6 for windows, an excellent software to "see Mac partitions" on windows machines. I paid $150 for it and I have no complaints yet.

Pros:

+ 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

Cons:

- 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
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I have owned a 160GB LaCie D2 Triple interface for 2 years now, and its flawless. It's primarily for backup & photography, so when I got into ripping movies, I needed more space. I bought this 250 for 139$ - After HFS+ formatted it came to 232GB - So about .65 a GB / Movie. I use a 15" PowerBook 1GB RAM via FW 400 & 800 (D2) and I have had no problems with any LaCie drives. Very solid, reliable, quiet and they run cool. This drive is compact enough to take on the go if needed, and quiet enough to hook up to a longer firewire cable, and hide it for dedicated desk use.

Highly recommended for OS X users!
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Anyone with more experience with this product than a few days or weeks will tell you to stay away. These are notorious for drive failure in a matter of months because of the failure to dissipate the heat. LaCie sacrificed every last inkling of thermal efficiency (Including a fan!) for a compact design.

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!!!
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This drive has been excellent for recording many gigabytes of real-time HDTV video. The thing to remember is that you must first have a very high quality and short cable (don't skimp and be cheap; be prepared to pay premium price). Also, choose Firewire over USB. Finally, make sure you format the drive to NTFS. (The default FAT32 format can be problematic for very large data storage. This also means if you don't have Windows 2000 or XP, then you should expect problems if you're storing large files. For best performance with high capacity drives, you need Windows XP.) If you do all this, the drive should give you a very reliable and trouble-free performance.
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