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LaCie 301371 Rugged All-Terrain 500 GB FireWire 800/ FireWire 400/USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • 500 GB external hard disk with rugged, shock resistant case
  • Triple interface including FireWire 800, FireWire 400, and USB 2.0 for speed and universal connectivity
  • Bus-powered so no bulky power adapter required
  • Measures 3.5 x 1.0 x 5.7-Inches (WxHxD); backed by a 3-year warranty
  • Measures 3.5 x 1.0 x 5.7 inches (WxHxD)
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  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14.2 x 8.9 cm ; 249 g
  • Shipping Weight: 907 g
  • Item model number: 301371
  • ASIN: B0018B5CA8
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: Sept. 15 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,434 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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LaCie Rugged All-Terrain 500 GB FireWire/USB Hard Drive

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The lacie 1tb rugged hard disk triple is the exclusive creation of world-renowned designer neil poulton, this portable external hard drive is one of our most popular products, and offers the supreme speed of firewire 800, along with firewire 400 and hi-speed usb 2.0 interfaces for true universal connectivity. Conveniently bus-powered and plug & play, the lacie rugged hard disk is ideal for backup, video storage, and large data volume exchange on the go. You can plug it into almost any computer anywhere for instant backup, video storage and large data volume exchange. Its unique scratch-protected aluminum shell and shock-resistant rubber bumper make the lacie rugged hard disk especially resistant to harsh elements, providing extra protection wherever you need it. Best of all, it's rated shock-proof up to 2.2 meters, and evaluated under the mil-std-810, a series of standards from the united states army's developmental test command that test how well a specific device performs when placed under stress or extreme conditions. System requirements: windows 200/xp/vista or mac os 10.5 or higher, minimum 128 mb ram. Box contents: firewire 800 (9-to-9 pin) cable, firewire 400 (6-to-6 pin) cable, hi-speed usb 2.0 cable (usb 1.1 compatible), usb power-sharing cable, quick start guide, genie backup assistant software with data restore for windows 2000/xp/vista, intego backup assistant software with data restore for mac os x 10.4, lacie setup assistant.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Corinne on March 15 2012
I bought this external drive Dec.15, 2011. It started malfunctioning just over a month later. What was happening was that when I plugged it into the computer using 800 firewire cable, the computer couldn't detect it. At first,if I kept unplugging and replugging the cable, it would connect and I could access it on my computer. But after a while, it wouldn't even connect when I did that. The technician at the video coop where I work told me they had bought the same one and it was doing the same thing. When I contacted Amazon, I was told my 30 day warrantee was up so I had to contact the manufacturer, LaCie, and that as long as they honoured their warrantee, there was nothing Amazon could do to help me. So I was at the mercy of the LaCie warrantee which meant I soon found out that I had to send it in for "repair". The warrantee says they don't have to actually fix it, they can send you a refurbished one. Also I have to pay to ship it to them. It's supposed to take "around" 10 days to "repair" so together with the time it takes to arrive at LaCie, that means I won't have an external drive for at the very least 1/2 month. It seems obvious to me LaCie through Amazon are selling a faulty product for new quality product price and then when the customer needs repair, they send them a refurbished product. So basically I am paying for a new product but get a used product which may or may not have to sent in for "repair" again. Please keep all this in mind before considering to buy this product.
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This is a great little external hard drive - 800 firewire - wonderful for mac users. Also usb 2 - so good to transfer files to any computer. Wonderfully cushioned, so well protected. And I like the bright orange - which means that it's easy to find if I put it down somewhere and forget where.
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211 of 214 people found the following review helpful
Great little hard drive! May 7 2010
By Claire Jordan - Published on Amazon.com
I've used LaCie drives for years and they seem to fail far less often than other drives I've used (WD, Seagate, Maxtor.) Perhaps one of the reasons that my hard drives fail often is that I tend to be a little rough on them. I edit video, often on location, so I drag my drives all over the place. I'm hoping with it's rubberized shell, this LaCie will go the distance. I love that it is self-powered so I don't have to lug a power adapter with me. It's one of the few portable drives that is fast enough for video editing. I purchased the case LaCie Cozy 3.5-Inch Hard Drive Carrying Case 130903 (Grey) for it as well to further protect it. I'll update this review if it dies.

Update: I've used this drive for a year and it's still going strong. I'm going to upgrade to a larger capacity model soon.

PS - It always makes my day to know that people find these reviews helpful. So, please vote (the "Was this review helpful to you: Yes or No" buttons) and leave a comment if you'd like, even if it's just to say, "Hi!" I respond to all comments so feel free to ask a question about the product. Also, when you leave a comment, I will go to your reviews and pay you the same courtesy.
277 of 288 people found the following review helpful
LaCie Rugged Hard Drive 250 GB - The Fire wire And USB Ports Are Great!!! Great HD!!! Aug. 13 2008
By Mark - Published on Amazon.com
The LaCie 250 GB Rugged Hard Disk with FireWire 800, FireWire 400, and USB2.0 is a great unit that is ideal for those with fire-wire ports built-in to their laptops and computers. Unfortunately while most Macs have fire-wire built-in, right now the majority of Windows based laptops do not. That is changing as more PCs are getting them built-in. I need drives for several computers, including Mac, Windows and Linux boxes. Suffice it to say that this drive is definitely a must own if you have a Mac and may even be worth installing a fire-wire card if you have a PC.

While it is no secret that I love my WD hard-drives, the LaCie drive definitely outperforms it in a few key areas. So depending on your needs, it may be well worth the small premium to pick up the LaCie.

Don't get me wrong, when it comes to value and best performance for your buck the Western Digital My Passport Essential 320GB USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive (Intense Blue) is a great option. Like the LaCie, it has a variety of color options including black, red, white and blue. Of course changing colors on your LaCie is much easier than buying a different color WD drive when the mood strikes. The rugged color bands are interchangeable. The WD also doesn't have the "rugged" edges of the LaCie, and it only has USB 2.0 which makes it impractical for certain situations.

Namely, if you want to run something off your external drive, such as a program or a media library, the performance of USB alone is just not as good. Just ignore the specifications and numbers, because from first hand experience I can tell you fire-wire definitely performs faster for large backups or regular data access. It's just faster.

The LaCie is also more versatile. Even if you are planning on using it for USB only right now, having the fire-wire means that if you get another computer that is capable you already have the option built in. That may be a stretch, but if you are planning on getting a new laptop within the next year from one of the big brands you can pretty much plan on them having fire-wire.

Now there are a few slight advantages that the WD has over the LaCie. The LaCie is definitely slightly bigger and thicker, and it's also more expensive. Still, the difference is small enough that the pros will probably outweigh those small cons, especially for Mac users.

Pros
+ Great versatility with fire-wire 400, 800, and USB 2.0
+ Fire-Wire speeds give you better response times for online data access
+ Nice size with aluminum shell and "rugged" edges that hold up regular use
+ USB or FW powered, so no A/C required, which is great for portability
+ USB power sharing option allows you to hook up a USB hub, etc.
+ Works well on Windows Vista, XP and Mac OS X and older versions too
+ You can set up your own disk encryption for security and privacy
+ Nice looks, and the brushed surface scratches much less than my WD drives
+ Other color options for your rubber bumpers are sold separately
+ Turns on and off with your computer or easily ejected via system tray
+ Easy driver-less installation really works!
+ Included backup software is less buggy than WD and may be useful for some
+ 250 GB capacity is decent for most users, but I hope a larger size is coming SOON!
+ The 2 year warrantee is good, but not as good as WD's 3 and 5 year warrantees depending on model

Cons
- Priced higher than WD on a dollar per gigabyte basis
- Larger GB capacity drives not widely available from LaCie though they are offered by WD
- Form factor is slightly larger and thicker than the WD passport drive
- Warrantee is also shorter than WD
- The *rugged* thing may be oversold, and I don't recommend dropping it
- Still no standard Linux drivers or software included, but there are workarounds
- Have to spend your cash to get a case that should have been included

Conclusion

This drive is great or those who want a portable drive for backups or running a media library application like iTunes or Media Center. I only wish they sold it in larger capacities. The premium price may be worth it for those who need that extra edge in speed offered by fire-wire connectivity.

Enjoy!
127 of 129 people found the following review helpful
Firewire powered is a great feature Jan. 30 2008
By Ryan G - Published on Amazon.com
I'm using this with my macbook pro. I looked around a lot because the macbook only has 2 USB ports, so I wanted something I could plug in somewhere else. The Firewire 800 is fast, and it powers the drive, so no carrying around another power pack.

The drive comes with all the cables you will need firewire 800, 400, USB, and a optional power cord if you have an older laptop that might not be pushing enough amps through the USB (ie. you may have to plug 1 USB in for the data, and 1 for the power).

It was plug and play for me. No installing of drivers or any other monkey biz. Just started backing up data.
89 of 91 people found the following review helpful
Great little drive! May 7 2010
By Claire Jordan - Published on Amazon.com
I've used LaCie drives for years and they seem to fail far less often than other drives I've used (WD, Seagate, Maxtor.) Perhaps one of the reasons that my hard drives fail often is that I tend to be a little rough on them. I edit video, often on location, so I drag my drives all over the place. I'm hoping with it's rubberized shell, this LaCie will go the distance. I love that it is self-powered so I don't have to lug a power adapter with me. It's one of the few portable drives that is fast enough for video editing. I purchased the case LaCie Cozy 3.5-Inch Hard Drive Carrying Case 130903 (Grey) for it as well to further protect it. I'll update this review if it dies.

Update: I've used this drive for a year and it's still going strong. I'm going to upgrade to a larger capacity model soon.

PS - It always makes my day to know that people find these reviews helpful. If you'd also like to ask a question or leave a comment I usually respond the same day, so if you have a question or comment (even if it's just to say, Hi!") feel free to post it below.

Thanks,
Claire
89 of 92 people found the following review helpful
Wish Amazon had negative stars for LaCie customer support July 18 2010
By Mark Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
After 6 months of acceptable performance, the drive failed. I'm now on month 2 working with LaCie customer support "Mark H." who always promptly replies within 24 hours with one of three answers: 1. the cable I'm using is broken, not the drive; 2. the USB connection on my computer is broken, not the drive; 3. my computer is broken, not the drive.

Clearly, there's a pattern here.

I've tested all three of these possibilities many times and none of them are true. I've asked LaCie to replace the drive, and they (again, promptly and courteously) tell me I must have done something wrong when testing one of their theories. It's amazing.

So based on the number of negative reviews on Amazon, let's say there's a 25% chance the drive will fail. And based on my experience, you've got a 100% chance of never getting the drive replaced if it does fail.

So buying one of these means you've got a 1 in 4 chance of throwing your money down the toilet.

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