- Brand Name: LaCie
- Model Number: 301841
- Hard Disk Size: 500 GB
- Manufacturer Warranty Description: 1 year warranty
- Hardware Platform: PC
LaCie Little Disk 500 GB USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive, Design by Sam Hecht 301841
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- 500 GB USB external 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
From the Manufacturer
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.
The Little Disk features an elegant high-gloss, black finish with clean, simple lines. It comes with a removable protective cap that will protect the disk in your travels. Its thin, lightweight and compact form (the Little Disk measures a mere 3.19 x 5.08 x 0.71 inches and weighs less than seven ounces) allows you to easily take your photo album, MP3 library and important data wherever you go.
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.
Top Customer Reviews
After LaCie tech support explained power problem everything works fine.
Which is why I suspect this drive is a bust. It was reliably backing up my MBP using Time Machine every hour yesterday morning and then started making a clicking noise as I sat there. I unmounted the drive and removed it from the USB port so that it would stop making noise and then replugged it in---the power light came on but the drive wouldn't mount. Same thing if I used the other USB port and even the included USB power adapted. Nothing.
I'm having the drive replaced for a second try, but I'm not optimistic. I've never seen a hard drive die after only two days of use. Reading online forums, it seems that this drive has issues, and one possible reason is the lack of a fan. I'm wondering if the only way to keep this drive alive is to not run frequent backups, and keep it off until one needs to run a backup. Not optimal, of course. The sad thing is that I chose LaCie after finding other drives unreliable (dying after 1-2 years max). I suspect LaCie isn't any different, and may be worse. Anyone else finding issues with this drive model?
UPDATE 12/11/08: Well, after six months of only occasional use, the replacement died as well. LaCie is offering to service or replace it under warranty. Why would I do that? This is clearly a defective product, period. I wouldn't trust my data to it. I'm going to get a replacement drive from Western Digital, which seems to be more reliable. Good luck trying to call tech support---I'm not holding my breath. I want a refund. This is a very defective product---DON'T PURCHASE UNLESS YOU DON"T CARE ABOUT YOUR DATA. Sorry to scream, but I'm angry.
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.Read more ›
- 500 GB in 2.5" form factor
- no external power source needed
- pretty silent
- stylish ;)
- relatively slow (5400 RPM) - significant when transfering big or lots of files.
- integrated USB cable is pretty short and limited (on the other hand there at least is one so you don't need extra cables necessarily at all)
All in all, I warmly recommend this one. Can't really have better at the moment.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The hard drive has not managed to lose my data all this while (I have it backed up elsewhere anyway) so I guess it is nice that way. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Shivakumar Shankar
I love the way the cord stores in the body of the hard drive. However, it is only about 4 to 6 inches long, so I have to carry the extension with me anyway. Read morePublished on March 29, 2014 by Danwell
Bought this thing 6+ years ago and it's still running like a champ. Not a huge fan of the power adapter. Read morePublished on March 10, 2014 by J. A. Wagner
Bought this back when 500 Gigs was really Something. A bit too small for my needs today, but still used to archive data, and still going strong, what almost 6 years later. Read morePublished on November 23, 2013 by henry rays
So after loading ALL of my music and movies onto this product, which is supposed to be my back-up so I could make space on my computer for other things, the Lacie Little Disk... Read morePublished on May 28, 2011 by Dominica Hagelberg
I had a problem setting up this drive. I e-mailed LaCie on a Saturday afternoon. On Monday morning I received an e-mail, written in language I could understand, that solved the... Read morePublished on February 19, 2010 by W. N. Little
This is about the most straightforward piece of equipment I own. I'm a professional photographer, and I keep both my personal and business photography portfolios on this little... Read morePublished on December 28, 2009 by Mightywink
Throw this in your shirt pocket and you're good to go! I keep buying these because they work so well and are very compact. Read morePublished on November 19, 2009 by Big Al