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LaCie 500GB Rugged Triple Interface USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive

B&H # LART5007 Mfr # 301983
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You Pay: $114.99
Product Highlights
  • Capacity of 500GB
  • USB 3.0 & FireWire 800 Ports
  • Works with FireWire 400 & USB 2.0
  • Max Data Transfer Rate of Up to 110MB/s
  • 7200rpm Disk Speed
  • AES 256-Bit Encryption
  • LaCie Backup Software
  • 10GB of Online Storage
  • Rugged Protection
  • Windows and Mac Compatible

The 500GB Rugged Triple Interface USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive from LaCie is a rough-and-tumble ready, high-speed, ultra-portable hard drive. In terms of protection, it features the famous orange, rubberized, shock-resistant exterior sleeve; aluminum anti-scratch casing; internal rubber bumpers; and a 1000g shock-resistant hard drive. Built to military specifications, you can be sure that the drive is protected from damage that can occur during daily use. If off, the drive can withstand drops of up to 2 meters.

The drive features a 7200rpm disk speed and can connect to your computer via the super-fast USB 3.0 port or via one of two FireWire 800 ports.* The USB 3.0 port is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and the FireWire 800 ports are backwards compatible with FireWire 400. With the included software suite, you can setup the drive, establish AES 256-bit encryption on the drive, automatically backup your computer's data, and save up to 10GB of data online. The software also includes an Automatic Eco mode that lowers the drive's power consumption by 40% when it's not in use.

Note! * USB 3.0 for Mac is possible if you download the appropriate driver from LaCie and have installed their USB 3.0 Mac-compatible ExpressCard/34 in your computer. See the specs tab for more info as well as LaCie's website

Triple Interface for the Best Performance

LaCie Rugged Triple Hard Disk provides universal connectivity: you've got the superior speeds of USB 3.0 and FireWire 800, and full backward compatibility with FireWire 400 and USB 2.0
You can transfer a 700MB video file in less than 7 seconds with USB 3.0, compared to 25 seconds with USB 2.0. Additionally, you can use the LaCie Mac USB 3.0 Driver to improve data transfer speed on your Mac (up to a 30% performance increase compared to FireWire 800)

Four Levels of Rugged Protection

The drive conforms to military standard 810-F, and can support drops from up to two meters. It helps you carry your files with confidence, no matter where the road takes you, thanks to its shock-absorbing sleeve, aluminum anti-scratch casing, internal rubber bumpers, and a 1000g shock-resistant hard drive. Calculations are based on average read time

Fifth Level of Data Security

LaCie AES 256-bit encryption software comes standard with the Rugged Triple. We've made it easy for you to create a password-protected area on your drive where you can securely store all of your confidential information

User-Friendly Software Suite Included

The Rugged Triple also offers easy setup and automatic backup on both PC and Mac computers. It also features an automatic Eco mode that lowers the power consumption by up to 40% when not in use, increasing the battery life of your notebook. In addition, you get 10GB of Wuala Online Storage included for one year to securely store and share your data online
The full list of software for PC and Mac included with the drive is as follows:

• Easy setup (LaCie Setup Assistant)
• Automatic backup (LaCie Backup Assistant)
• AES 256-bit encryption: LaCie Private-Public software with password protection
• Automatic Eco mode: lowers the power consumption by up to 40% when not in use (may vary from one drive to another)
• 10GB Wuala Secure Online Storage (1 year included)
Performance
Capacity 500 GB
Interface 1x  USB 3.0 Port, backwards compatible with USB 2.0
2x  FireWire 800, backwards compatible with FireWire 400
Transfer Rate Interface Transfer Rate:
USB 3.0: up to 5.0 Gbps
USB 2.0: up to 480 Mbps
FireWire 800: up to 800 Mbps
FireWire 400: up to 400 Mbps (cable sold separately)
Drive Speed 7200rpm
Buffer Not specified by the manufacturer
Max. Sustained Transfer Rate Up to 110MB/s
System Requirements Computer with a USB 3.0, FireWire 800, FireWire 400, or USB 2.0 port
High-speed Internet for online storage
Latest version of Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 / Mac OS X 10.5 (Intel only), 10.6, 10.7, 10.8
Minimum free disk space: 600 MB recommended
Time Machine compatible

For USB 3.0 Mac compatibility:
Mac Pro with LaCie USB 3.0 PCI Express Card (requires available PCI Express slot)
MacBook Pro with LaCie USB 3.0 ExpressCard/34 (requires available ExpressCard/34 slot)
General
Mounting Desktop
Power Requirements Bus-powered
Environmental Requirements Not specified by the manufacturer
Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.5 x 1 x 5.7" / 9 x 2.8 x 14.5cm
Weight 9.2 oz / 260g
LaCie 500GB Rugged Triple Interface USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive
  • USB 3.0 Cable (USB 2.0-Compatible)
  • FireWire 800 cable
  • Quick Install Guide
  • 2-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    LaCie500GB Rugged Triple Interface USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive
     
    4.4

    (based on 59 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (35)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (20)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (37)
    • Compact (36)
    • Easy to set up (31)
    • Portable (24)
    • Quiet (21)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • File transfer (18)
      • Video (18)
      • Back-up (16)
      • Photo storage (13)
      • Additional storage (11)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Power user (33), Casual user (7)
        • Primary use:
        • Business (47), Personal (9)
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac (50), PC (6)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Quickly becoming a standard

      I was not wild about the LaCie ruggeds when they first hit the scene. Inspired by a design from Captain Scarlet seemed to be a bizarre angle to take. At least, if you've...Read complete review

      I was not wild about the LaCie ruggeds when they first hit the scene. Inspired by a design from Captain Scarlet seemed to be a bizarre angle to take. At least, if you've SEEN Captain Scarlet. None the less, these little babies are pretty reliable in my experience. They're perfect for downloading footage in dubious locations. They're bus-powered, so if you have a producer that insists on dumping footage in a 15-pass during a company move, these drives will save your skin. Also, if you're shooting somewhere with wonky power. You'll feel comfy passing them off to whomever at the end of the day. I don't really recommend playing hockey or football with them, despite the fun shape and size, but one mustn't treat them like a house of cards either.

      The triple interface ensures that you'll be able to use these on whatever crazy computer you're saddled with, be it your own blazing DIT station, or some hand-me-down laptop that a shoe-string budget production slaps in front of you.

      I'd buy more of these things.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      This company is AWFUL.

      I got the 500gb external hard drive with a 3 year limited warranty, and it crashed within the first year. LaCie brags about the hard drive being "durable and...Read complete review

      I got the 500gb external hard drive with a 3 year limited warranty, and it crashed within the first year. LaCie brags about the hard drive being "durable and tough", and I was EXTREMELY careful with it. Didn't drop it or anything. And it crashed. There was some REALLY important footage on it, so I contacted them immediately, thinking they would recover it for free. They said it would cost either $400 or $1,200 to recover files from THEIR hard drive crashing. Ridiculous. But we needed the footage so I sent it to them, after they told me "Once we receive it, it will take a couple of days to do the analysis". They told me they received it, and I waited SEVEN FULL days without hearing from them. Finally after 7 days I wrote them, then after 9 days CALLED them, and they said that there was nothing they could do to speed up the process. The guy on the phone said it was completely normal for the analysis to take 7+ days. I reminded them about their "couple days" estimation, and the guy on the phone said "There's no way to talk to the technician except to write them. Since you wrote them a couple days ago, and I'll write them again today….so, you should hopefully hear from them by today". WORST customer service ever. Apparently there is no one to talk to. They don't go by their word. And, if you buy a hard drive from them and it breaks for no reason, they charge you an arm and a leg to recover the data. NEVER buying from LaCie again! Seagate or Western digital from now on.

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      4.0

      I love this drive A++

      By George

      from Manhattan

      About Me Power user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Manage
      • Easy To Set Up

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • On The Run

        Comments about LaCie 500GB Rugged Triple Interface USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive:

        Super strong drive, can handle a lot of abuse.

        • Primary use:
        • Business
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac

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        4.0

        Great drive for video storage

        By fltvcrew

        from miami, fl

        About Me Power user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Manage
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Fast
        • Highly Compatible

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about LaCie 500GB Rugged Triple Interface USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive:

            We are using this hard drive to store HD video clips from SxS cards that clients need on a rugged drive to return to their edit room.

            • Primary use:
            • Business
            • Computer Platform:
            • Mac

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            5.0

            Reliable and Durable

            By J

            from NYC

            About Me Power user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Manage
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Fast
            • Highly Compatible

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • High Volume

              Comments about LaCie 500GB Rugged Triple Interface USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive:

              Bought a couple of them to transport large amounts of data from a film set to post production. Work great, reliable and can handle being knocked around a bit. Highly recommend them.

              • Primary use:
              • Business
              • Computer Platform:
              • Mac

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              5.0

              Buy This and Don't Settle For Less

              By Rembert Ooshkov

              from Nashville TN

              About Me Power user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Pro Quality

              Cons

              • People Will Envy You

              Best Uses

              • Audio Files And Projects

              Comments about LaCie 500GB Rugged Triple Interface USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive:

              If you need something to back up your term paper or your work schedule then don't buy this workhorse of a hard drive. But if you are doing studio-audio production away from your main computer and externals, then this is the one. Get 10 times the quality for 2 times the price of a consumer grade product.

              • Primary use:
              • Business
              • Computer Platform:
              • Mac

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              1.0

              This company is AWFUL.

              By Kim McIntire

              from Colorado Springs, CO

              About Me Power user

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

                Cons

                • Awful Customer Service
                • Not Reliable

                Best Uses

                  Comments about LaCie 500GB Rugged Triple Interface USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive:

                  I got the 500gb external hard drive with a 3 year limited warranty, and it crashed within the first year. LaCie brags about the hard drive being "durable and tough", and I was EXTREMELY careful with it. Didn't drop it or anything. And it crashed. There was some REALLY important footage on it, so I contacted them immediately, thinking they would recover it for free. They said it would cost either $400 or $1,200 to recover files from THEIR hard drive crashing. Ridiculous. But we needed the footage so I sent it to them, after they told me "Once we receive it, it will take a couple of days to do the analysis". They told me they received it, and I waited SEVEN FULL days without hearing from them. Finally after 7 days I wrote them, then after 9 days CALLED them, and they said that there was nothing they could do to speed up the process. The guy on the phone said it was completely normal for the analysis to take 7+ days. I reminded them about their "couple days" estimation, and the guy on the phone said "There's no way to talk to the technician except to write them. Since you wrote them a couple days ago, and I'll write them again today….so, you should hopefully hear from them by today". WORST customer service ever. Apparently there is no one to talk to. They don't go by their word. And, if you buy a hard drive from them and it breaks for no reason, they charge you an arm and a leg to recover the data. NEVER buying from LaCie again! Seagate or Western digital from now on.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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                  5.0

                  Good, reliable external drive.

                  By Ben S

                  from Visalia, CA

                  About Me Casual User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Manage
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Fast
                  • Highly Compatible

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about LaCie 500GB Rugged Triple Interface USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive:

                      I bought this drive to use for on-the-road back up of photos uploaded from my camera(s) to my laptop. The drive is silent, and works flawlessly. I like the rubber bumper, since I am sure it adds a good measure of protection. I use the USB 3.0 connection (cables are included) with my MacBook Air for very fast transfer.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • Mac

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                      5.0

                      good price works great

                      By hotdog

                      from florida

                      About Me Casual User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Manage
                      • Fast

                      Cons

                      • No Directions For Formatt

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about LaCie 500GB Rugged Triple Interface USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive:

                        easy to use
                        fast

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • Mac

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                        5.0

                        Solid drive

                        By Evan

                        from Harrisonburg, VA

                        About Me Power user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy To Manage
                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Fast

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about LaCie 500GB Rugged Triple Interface USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive:

                            It's nice to have a bus power FW800 drive that is also extremely portable, use it with my 2010 MBP and it runs super fast. Only thing faster would be a TB drive. Use it to back up all my media when I travel. So when I get home I can back everything up to a 2TB desktop drive.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • Mac

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                            4.0

                            Reliable Media Drive

                            By DKFMS

                            from New York, NY

                            About Me Power user

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Easy To Manage
                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Fast

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about LaCie 500GB Rugged Triple Interface USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive:

                                We have a number of these at the office. Mainly use it to store Avid media. Holds up well if you want to edit with the media on the drive.

                                USB 3 is a huge plus. Large data transfers take a fraction of the time of USB 2 and Firewire.

                                Rarely have a problem with the drives. If one occurs it's usually within the first couple of days and easily replaced. Plan to buy more as needed.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business
                                • Computer Platform:
                                • PC

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                                5.0

                                Tough and Rugged

                                By PVAFfilms

                                from NYC, NY

                                About Me Power user

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • easy to use
                                • Highly Compatible
                                • Lots Of Mounting Options
                                • Simple
                                • Tough

                                Cons

                                • No Other Power Options

                                Best Uses

                                • Dit
                                • In The Field
                                • Media Managing

                                Comments about LaCie 500GB Rugged Triple Interface USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive:

                                Great for on the go media management and as a simple DIT drive. I use these a lot for simple backups when out on locations where a laptop is your middleman for dumping footage. I wish they supplied an option for a power supply but thats about it. Also only get the 7200 rpm drive, I have no idea why they offer anything less these days.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business
                                • Computer Platform:
                                • Mac

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                                4.0

                                happy

                                By A

                                from Arcata, CA

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • High Volume

                                  Comments about LaCie 500GB Rugged Triple Interface USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive:

                                  Product works fine now, but it's only been a couple weeks

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Business
                                  • Computer Platform:
                                  • Mac

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                                  4.0

                                  Does exactly what it's supposed to do.

                                  By JarrodEp

                                  from Philadelphia, PA

                                  About Me Power user

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Easy To Manage
                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                  • Fast
                                  • Highly Compatible

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home

                                    Comments about LaCie 500GB Rugged Triple Interface USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive:

                                    - I use this drive to back up work material (recording sessions) and for "Time Machine" back ups with OSX 10.6.8
                                    - took a few minutes of downloads from the Lacie site...but has been working beautifully ever since.
                                    - like the study build and size. It's exactly what I wanted/needed.
                                    - purchase process & delivery were simple and more than adequate.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Business
                                    • Computer Platform:
                                    • Mac

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                                    5.0

                                    Works great with new MacBook Pro

                                    By Jay Mic

                                    from Lawrence, KS

                                    About Me Power user

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Fast

                                    Cons

                                    • None

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Lightroom Catalog
                                    • Photoshop
                                    • Photo Storage And Backup

                                    Comments about LaCie 500GB Rugged Triple Interface USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive:

                                    I just purchased this hard drive for use with Lightroom and a new MacBook Pro.
                                    It works well. This is the third LaCie Rugged hard drive that I have purchased.
                                    I still use the other LaCie Rugged hard drives with an older MacBook.
                                    I have always been satisfied with the performance and quality.

                                    • Computer Platform:
                                    • Mac

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                                    5.0

                                    Works, portable, good interfaces

                                    By Lauren TV

                                    from NY, NY

                                    About Me Power user

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                    • Fast
                                    • Highly Compatible

                                    Cons

                                    • Runs Hot

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Downloading Field Video
                                    • Home
                                    • Sensitive Materials

                                    Comments about LaCie 500GB Rugged Triple Interface USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive:

                                    I use it to download media (video) on location and work of off as well. Great for portability. I always use atleast 2 drives just in case one goes bad. I like this drive.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Business
                                    • Computer Platform:
                                    • Mac

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                                    5.0

                                    Easy To Pack & Back(Up)!

                                    By Xochi2

                                    from Eau Claire, WI

                                    About Me Power user

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Easy To Manage
                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                    • Fast
                                    • Highly Compatible

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • High Volume
                                      • Home

                                      Comments about LaCie 500GB Rugged Triple Interface USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive:

                                      I just spent two weeks in Perú. Each day I would download my photos to my laptop, then back them up to the LaCie External HD. The transfer was quick and seamless. I kept the LaCie External HD in a carry-on, somewhat protected from bumps, but not foolproof. It works well and seems to uphold its description "Rugged". This is my 5th External LaCie Rugged HD. I am 99.9% confident in their reliability.

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Business
                                      • Computer Platform:
                                      • Mac

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                                      5.0

                                      Lacie Drives!

                                      By Ed Stone Room Entertainment

                                      from Philadelphia, PA

                                      About Me Power user

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Compact
                                      • Easy To Manage
                                      • Easy To Set Up
                                      • Fast
                                      • Highly Compatible

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • High Volume

                                        Comments about LaCie 500GB Rugged Triple Interface USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive:

                                        this is my third Potable LaCie drive, and I must say that I have nothing negative to report. I use them with my MacBook Pro 15" Laptop, and they are very dependable, reliable and easy to use. Great product LaCie!

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Business
                                        • Computer Platform:
                                        • Mac

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                                        4.0

                                        Solid

                                        By Istco Labs

                                        from Madison NJ

                                        About Me Casual User

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Compact
                                        • Easy To Manage
                                        • Easy To Set Up
                                        • Fast
                                        • Highly Compatible

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about LaCie 500GB Rugged Triple Interface USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive:

                                            I use it for Final Cut Pro X and it is working beautifully. Perfect little drive for smaller projects. Plus it looks cool!

                                            • Primary use:
                                            • Business
                                            • Computer Platform:
                                            • Mac

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                                            5.0

                                            Fast, reliable

                                            By tech teacher

                                            from Hawaii

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                  Comments about LaCie 500GB Rugged Triple Interface USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive:

                                                  Quick to move data, reliable, usb 3.0 and firewire great to have

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                                                  • No

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                                                  4.0

                                                  this was bought for work also own one

                                                  By D Murf

                                                  from Mystic CT

                                                  About Me Power user

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Attractive Design
                                                  • Compact
                                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                                  • Easy to use
                                                  • High Capacity
                                                  • Portable
                                                  • Quiet

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Additional Storage
                                                    • Backup
                                                    • File Transfer
                                                    • Photo Storage

                                                    Comments about LaCie 500GB Rugged Triple Interface USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive:

                                                    great for traveling, do not need a power source

                                                    • Primary use:
                                                    • Business
                                                    • Computer Platform:
                                                    • Mac

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                                                    5.0

                                                    AWESOME DRIVE

                                                    By exportrob

                                                    from arkansas

                                                    About Me Power user

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Attractive Design
                                                    • Compact
                                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                                    • Easy to use
                                                    • High Capacity
                                                    • Portable
                                                    • Quiet

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                      • Additional Storage
                                                      • Backup
                                                      • File Transfer
                                                      • Photo Storage
                                                      • Video

                                                      Comments about LaCie 500GB Rugged Triple Interface USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive:

                                                      This is a great drive. Our production company owns 8 of these and use them on a daily basis to move media within the office or to clients. Highly recomend this product. You will not be disapointed!

                                                      • Primary use:
                                                      • Business
                                                      • Computer Platform:
                                                      • Mac

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