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LaCie - Rugged 1TB External USB 3.0/Thunderbolt Portable Hard Drive - Orange/Silver-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 418 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fast, durable and portable

    Posted
    MAHNYC
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    If you are a photographer, video editor or graphic designer and really need a portable Thunderbolt drive this is by far one of the best I've seen. If however, like most people, you're the average user who wants a high speed bus-powered Time Machine drive, this is not what you're looking for. For less than half the price you can get a USB 3.0 drive, which will allow you to do everything this will and do so with no noticeable speed differences. In fact for less money you could buy a Lacie USB 3.0 drive with FOUR TIMES the storage capacity. USB 3.0 (built into all 2012 and newer Macs) provides great transfer speeds and better compatibility with older Macs and Windows machines and the average user won't notice the speed difference, especially since TimeMachine maxes out before you ever get close to Thunderbolt speeds. If you're the average Mac user I recommend that you get a Seagate drive, because you can always add a Thunderbolt adapter later on. That being said, if, like me, you're a business user and you need to carry a high speed drive with you and do a lot of dragging and dropping or file exporting, I can't say enough how great this drive is. Using the included Thunderbolt cable I am able to transfer 50 gb worth of HD video in under two minutes, a feat that I previously thought could only be done over ethernet. Not only is the Thunderbolt speed amazing, but the drive is surprisingly portable, while still extremely durable. Also both Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 cables are included, saving you from having to spend $50 on the former cable. Additionally the included Lacie software makes it easy for anyone (even the technologically impaired) to partition the drive (if so desired) allowing for a diverse array of uses and allowing your drive to interface with different operating systems. BOTTOM LINE: If you're a professional who work with a lot of multimedia files in the field and need either a back-up or external hard drive, this is the perfect drive for you. If however you are a consumer looking to back-up documents and pictures, this probably isn't the right drive for you.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fast

    Posted
    tmcdanel
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    Check out the two screen shot images attached to this review. This little sucker is fast. I measured it on a Macbook Pro running Mavericks using Superduper which monitors the current copy speed. Thunderbolt speed ranges between 70 and 280 mb/s, usually running over 100, i suppose depending on file size. For comparison, connecting it with the USB v3 cable that came in the package it ran between 35 and 40 mb/s. The fact that it also has USB 3 makes it flexible. As packaged the setup software defaults to a small 220 gb FAT32 format partition and a larger Mac extended journaled format, so you can connect it to a Windows PC too. I deleted this so i could simply mirror my 1tb internal hard drive. But it shows good, well-thought out engineering. It is also nice that it has no external power supply. That will take your laptop battery down in a few hours, if you are not plugged in and using it for an extended period of continuous copying (initial backup). But in most circumstances, the laptop is plugged in and this is not a problem. The rubber shock frame seems sturdy. Con: My only warning is that it runs pretty hot under continuous use. I recommend laying it on a pencil to get air underneath for the initial long hot run. Pretty expensive for 1tb but considering it has aThunderbolt connector and no needed power, its the thing for some applications.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Crazy Fast!

    Posted
    isoHawk
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    I knew when I bought this drive that both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt were capable of incredibly fast data rates, but seeing it is the only way to understand the benefits. I'm using this with a brand new MacBook Pro retina which has both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt 2.0 so I have used both connections. USB 3.0 is way faster than USB 2.0 obviously, so I was impressed-but after using thunderbolt, it is all I use as long as I can. It makes time machine backups incredibly quick and therefore convenient. The drive also has an encryption system built in which I have found to be very useful at times. However, the thing I like the most is how compact this drive is and that the Thunderbolt cable is hard-wired to the drive and uses the Orange bumper to wrap the cable up. Initially I considered buying the LaCie Rugged Tripple drive as it is a bit cheaper, but it had FireWire, which I have no use for. I highly recommend this drive.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Thunderbolt Back Drive

    Posted
    SCSweets
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    I have been using the thunderbolt back drive for my MacBook Pro 15" and it has worked great. Although I have reformatted the drive removing the software that was installed. One thing that has happened many times is the disk will mount and unmount several times for no apparent reason, I did narrow it down further and thought at one point it was Parallels. I had a hunch in might the cable and switched from the stock cable to the Apple thunderbolt cable I have and have yet to see a reoccurrence. I hope this will help someone else, otherwise no issues its very fast.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Died after less than 6 months of use

    Posted
    sicharlotta

    I used this LaCie Rugged Hard Drive on almost a daily basis starting in May 2015. I was transporting it back and forth from work to home in my bag. I used it with a new Mac Laptop and appreciated that I could also transfer data to a PC. I have never dropped it and generally disconnected it properly. It completely died less than 6 months after purchase - I was very upset. I never purchased the BestBuy protection plan, so they wanted $500 to recover the data since the hard drive was completely dead. Needless to say I let my lost photos and work go. I learned my lesson - definitely purchase the Geek Squad protection with hard drives. Just a little upset I got so little life out of this.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Its sturdy and simple.

    Posted
    WhiteDahlia
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    Compared to my last external that really didn't last long... this one is amazing, the space is fantastic, the thunderbolt adapter is a bonus. However, just using a regular USB to transfer, without the use of the software from the computer to the device is fast and simple. It does come with it's own backup software and device software that you can choose to install. I just want to copy and paste and call it good, and do a manual backup once a month. It will do it for you if you'd like as well. It's a good product, and the rubber casing makes it not only portable but a little less worrisome if you drop it. It fits like a glove. Good portable purchase for storage.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    DAMAGED on first use !!!

    Posted
    letsbehonest
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    literally first time using it, i moved important video files from FCPX to this Lacie Rugged hard drive and began editing. 5 mins in received a message saying "The Disk Was Not Ejected Properly" but i did not touch the device at all. After inspecting the thunderbolt wire, i realized it is a cheaply constructed cable and does not fit properly into the port. It moves freely with plenty of wiggle room and wiggles itself out. I lost ALL my DATA and data recover is not covered by warranty and the company Lacie CHARGES A FEE TO RECOVER YOUR DATA IF THEY CAN RECOVER IT AT ALL. SAVE YOUR MONEY!!! DO NOT BUY LACIE PRODUCTS.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Super fast Hard Drive that's also tough and pretty

    Posted
    aadosx
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    There are only a few Thunderbolt hard drives available, and even fewer that are portable.. this is one of the best. Even though the Thunderbolt connectivity is no faster than USB 3.0, due to the hard drive itself being the bottleneck, it's still nice to have if you use a Mac because of some features it supports such as Target Disk Mode. The rubber on the hard drive is also very nice and feels expensive, not cheap. It's a certain look, and you either like it or you don't. Needless to say, I love it! I only wish that it was a 1.5 or 2 TB drive for this price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works GREAT!!!

    Posted
    MobileDJ

    Just replaced an 8 year old PC Laptop with a new MAC BOOK PRO for the Mobile DJ Business. Got the laptop up and going, plugged in the previous external drive to load music and WOW extremely SLOW! Several minutes to load the data base and in between songs. Wasn't sure if it was the new laptop or the Software i was using. Updated my external with the LaCie 1TB and all i can say is WOW. The drive i was using was only a 500 GB less than a year old. Big difference in the Thunderbolt Technology rather than the old USB 2.0 - 3.0 connections. I would definitely recommend this new style of external Hard Drive.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent Drive, but Thuderbolt 2 is much better...

    Posted
    Timmy
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    Overall it is a good drive for travelling. Even though it is Thunderbolt, the drive speed is not as fast as it should be, even on a brand new Mac Pro. I was using it for video rendering and editing and was not highly impressed. This is however one of the fastest drives you can find for the price. I had to upgrade this to a Thuderbolt 2 Little Big Drive, and that drive is substantially faster. The other problem I noticed with this drive was that I had to do a repair disk on it several times from my Mac.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very fast but very expensive.

    Posted
    worldcitizen
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    This is probably one of the best portable hard drives. However I have not had it long enough to know how long it will last. I have had several drives from other companies crash after two or three years which is totally horrible and deceptive: a generic hard drive should last around 7 years. Nevertheless, this is a very well built device. It is super fast and did about 5GB of transfer in about 3 minutes. The price however is wrong, they are not selling a SSD (solid state drive) so it should not be so high. It also should be 2TB capacity minimum.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Workhorse

    Posted
    DUSTOFF
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    I have more than one external hard drive. All work fine..all LaCie. Never had an issue. Use these for photography. These thing can take a beating. If I had one complaint would be the connection cables. A bit loose that feed into the unit. I wonder why the connections are not USB at both ends? The USB connection is solid. The specialized connect to the hard drive has alway seem weak. I have experienced the connection come loose but knowing this before hand I am vigilant. Great product! 4 stars...would have had 5 stars if the connect was better.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for Students

    Posted
    Kyliev08
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    I work for an educational institution and I purchased this particular hard drive because of how it's designed. This is for a group of journalism students who need to store a years worth of videos that we cannot afford to lose and with the transporting to and from school, I figured it was worth it to invest in a hard drive that is designed to withstand bumps and drops. Each student has a macbook so the thunderbolt connection is helpful when transferring large amounts of data. I would highly recommend this product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good durable storage solution

    Posted
    DomB
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    I purchased this for my macbook pro. I choose this option because of the thunderbolt, and USB c options. It is fast, and is durable. I carry this with me in my backpack everywhere I go. I use it to store personal files, school files, and tons of video footage from my GoPro and Typhoon H. I like how the thunderbolt plug is integrated in the drive and it wraps around to be in once piece. I don't have to shuffle through the backpack pocket with all my cords. I have dropped it twice, and it is still ticking.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fast and Reliable

    Posted
    LaCie
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    I'm rough on my things and travel a lot. I've had several external hard drives fail because they are constantly being moved and put into my bag and planes. Even in a case that I purchased, they just don't hold up. This thing has several great features. First, if you're a mac used, the integrated thunderbolt cable means one less thing to carry around, This also means fast file transfers back and forth between your mac and your drive. I plan on purchasing more of these for my video and photo projects.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Portable Ext Hard Drive w/Thunderbolt

    Posted
    mark4java
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    So far this has been great. It seems to work fast and is reliable. The thunderbolt cable is nicely stored and wrapped around the unit ready whenever it's needed. Very nice. My only concerns are the thunderbolt cable wear over time and that the drive just seems to be covered w/a nice rubber case. I hope that it's reinforced but so far it's been great. Another fyi to the hard drive companies. Quit putting all of the software and stuff on the unit. Leave that space to be used by the owner.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great, fast drive; reliable and rugged

    Posted
    DrSuse
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    I've had this drive for a year now. It's perfect for my needs. I'm programming in Java, so I need reliable, speedy backups. This one does the job, beautifully. It's thunderbolt connector is lightning fast. Backups that used to take me an hour are done in minutes now. It's built like a Mac truck. So you don't have to worry about damaging it by accident. And it has all the space you need - for photos, files, etc. Get one; I highly recommend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Worked Well for 2 Months

    Posted
    ryawn
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    I bought this monitor to be my on-the-go hard drive for work, and it was exactly what I needed for 2 months. It was always carefully put in my laptop bag when not being used. One day, I connect to my computer and it no longer works. Can't repair it, everything lost. Tries to spin but fails. Reading online, it sounds like a prominent issue. This is not the first time that's happened to me with a LaCie drive, but it will be the last. Save yourself some money; just buy a WD drive and a case.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Blazing fast HDD

    Posted
    Ron48
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    I have been using the LaCie portable, rugged hard drive for about a month. The internal drive was loading up with photos, so I purchased this drive to offload the photos. With 40,000+ images it took a while to make the transition, but the drive has worked flawlessly and by using the Thunderbolt connection it is nearly as fast as the loaded internal drive. I use this with Lightroom and am able to move the LaCie drive between my iMac and my MacBook Pro with no loss of productivity .

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    If you need rugged this is good but pricey

    Posted
    Pfrixion
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    LaCie. What can I say. They tend to combine form and function and then pass the cost along to you. This is a good drive in a rugged container. It's also very costly considering the price of a non-rugged external. It's not twice the price, but it makes me consider if buying 2 regular external 1Tb drives from a competing vendor would be better. Don't get me wrong, I don't hate the product, just the price you pay for a rubber bumper and some "Italian sports car inspired design".

    I would recommend this to a friend