LaCie Little Disk 320 GB USB 2.0 Hard Drive, Designed by Sam Hecht
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- 320 GB USB portable hard disk features stunning design by Sam Hecht
- USB 2.0 cable is built-in so you will never be caught without one
- Gets power from the USB bus so no power adapters are required
- Includes one-year online backup service providing unlimited off-site backup storage
- Measures 3.19 x 0.71 x 5.08 inches (WxHxD); backed by a 2-year warranty
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The LaCie 320GB Little Disk, Design by Sam Hecht is very convenient to bring with you thanks to its thin, lightweight, compact form. Designed exclusively for LaCie, it has a high-gloss, black elegance with clean, simple lines and comes with a removable cap for added protection. The LaCie Little Disk, Design by Sam Hecht easily works without the need for a cable or cumbersome power supply because it¿s USB 2.0 powered. It¿s a great way to back up, archive and exchange files whether you¿re at home, at the office or traveling. The integrated, extractable USB cable pulls out and retracts so it can never be lost or forgotten. In case your computer configuration requires a longer cable, an optional USB extension cable is also included. The bundled LaCieSync: Synchronization & Encryption Software allows you to bring your important data with you safely. Just plug the Little Disk into any PC to access and modify your files, emails (Microsoft Outlook) or personal settings and it will sync your updated data back to your office or home computer. For added security, your data is protected by AES 128-bit encryption (Windows only). It also comes with LaCie `1-Click¿ Backup Software (Mac & PC) and SilverKeeper Backup Software (Mac). Just plug the integrated USB 2.0 cable into any laptop or desktop with a USB port and begin to use it. It comes preformatted so it can be used across multiple platforms and it¿s conveniently driver-free. System Requirements: PC or Mac with USB 2.0 Interface, Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Mac OS X 10.3 or higher, Pentium II 350MHz processor or greater/G3 or Intel processor or greater, 32 MB RAM minimum, Internet connection for software and documentation updates.
The LaCie 301829 Little Disk 320 GB USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive, designed exclusively for LaCie by Sam Hecht, is a stylish, compact, portable storage drive that offers plug-and-play simplicity and 320 GB of storage. Just plug the integrated USB 2.0 cable into any laptop or desktop with a USB port and you're ready to back up your computer files or access your data, music, photos and video files.
The LaCie Little Disk works without the need for a cable or cumbersome power supply because it's USB 2.0 powered. That means it powers off your computer's USB port, making it an ideal travel companion and the perfect way to transfer files between your work and home computer. The integrated, extractable USB cable pulls out and retracts, so it can never be lost or forgotten. And in case your computer configuration requires a longer cable, an optional USB extension cable is also included.
The drive features a spin speed of 5400 RPM, an 8 MB cache, and a transfer rate of up to up to 480 Mbits per second. Included with the Little Disk are LaCie software bundles to enhance its performance and functionality. LaCieSync: Synchronization and Encryption Software allows you to transport your important data with you safely. Just plug the Mobile Disk into any PC to access and modify your files or emails, and the software will sync your updated changes back to your office or home computer. And for added security, your data is protected by 128-bit encryption (Windows only). The drive also includes LaCie's 1-Click Backup Software (for Mac and PC) and SilverKeeper Backup Software (Mac).
In addition to its highly portable features, the Little Disk is also incredibly simple to operate. With plug-and-play functionality, the Little Disk can be installed by simply plugging it into your computer's existing USB port. It comes preformatted, so it can be used across multiple platforms and it's conveniently driver-free. Just plug the Little Disk into any computer to access and modify your files, emails (Microsoft Outlook) or personal settings, and it will sync updated data back to your computer quickly and securely with AES 128-bit encryption (Windows only).
Designed by Sam Hecht
The Little Disk features an exclusive design by Sam Hecht, an award winning UK-based industrial designer. The internationally-acclaimed Hecht studied industrial design at the Royal College of Art in London and has designed for many leading technology companies, including Epson, Muji Japan, Panasonic and others.
Free One-Year Unlimited Backup Service
With the purchase of this LaCie Hard Disk, you will also receive a full year of LaCie's Online Backup service. With this service, the data that you store on your computer will be encrypted twice and uploaded to the offsite data center where they will remain encrypted, maintaining your privacy.
When you sign up for the service, software is added to your computer that looks for new and changed files to update. The service is completely automated and only backs up new and modified files when your computer is idle, so you don't have to do a thing, and your computer's performance will never be affected.
This service lets you upload an unlimited amount of photos, music, video, and documents for a full year. After that you can continue with the service for a low monthly fee. This is LaCie's way of ensuring that should anything happen to your Hard Disk -- should it get stolen or damaged, for instance -- your invaluable data will remain completely protected and accessible.
The LaCie Little Disk is Mac and PC compatible, and is backed by a 2-year manufacturer's 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
LaCie Little Disk, USB extension cable, USB power-sharing cable, quick install guide, user's manual, LaCieSync: Synchronization & Encryption Software (Windows), LaCie 1-Click Backup Software (Windows/Mac), LaCie SilverKeeper Backup Software (Mac), and carrying case.
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I only ran into one problem with it so far. One day I was trying to save a 5GB .AVG file on it, but it kept giving me an error. After researching, it has to do with the format. I highly recommend reformatting this before you use it from FAT32 to NTFS (just Google the instructions if you don't know how).
After LaCie tech support explained power problem everything works fine.
Unfortunately those things that make it practical also make it weak. It's small footprint and low price have meant certain material compromises. For instance ... I've had to add silicon bumpers as feet to absorb travel shock. It has a very narrow tolerance for absorbing any impact on it's own. Furthermore, the voltage seems finicky on my new MBP (Mac Book Pro). The drive requires an additional power adapter if I plug it into a passive USB hub -- like a keyboard attached to the laptop -- or a third party hub. Fortunately, it has a power plug to help with this thirst -- an advantage over some of the other competing portable hard drive products.
LaCie was not very helpful publishing information as to what external power adapter was required. However, they will gladly sell you one. I've had success using a 120-240vAC 50/60Hz to 5vDC 2 amp adapter -- but your voltage may vary. This caveat may be unnecessary if you will have a spare USB port on your computer.
In summary, this small drive is a cost-effective bridge to get your data in and out of the field from or to a safer storage device. As long as it isn't treated as primary backup or storage, and you're willing to trade performance and reliability for it's small size and low cost -- this is the right device for the right price. Treat it like you would any consumable. If this concerns you, you may wish to invest in a design that uses aluminum fins as a heat sink, has greater shock absorption, and perhaps even faster throughput -- like firewire 1394a/1394b. Weigh the cost of this drive against the cost of the 500GB of data you plan to put on it -- and you won't go wrong.