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LaCie 500GB Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive

B&H # LARMDU3500 MFR # 301555
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You Pay: $79.00
Product Highlights
  • USB 3.0 Interface
  • 5400 RPM Speed
  • Transfer Rate Up to 5Gb/s
  • 47.2" Maximum Drop Height
  • LaCie Private-Public Software
  • Automatic Backup
  • 10GB of Wuala Online Storage

The LaCie Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive provides 500GB of space for storing your data. In addition, the drive, as its name suggests, has a hard-boiled design that can stand up to the hazards of daily living. In fact, this drive can take a fall from up to 47.2" (non-operating mode) without harm to the drive or your information. The Rugged Mini is also pressure-resistant and rain-resistant as well. However, the familiar orange trim probably already told you that.

Being tough is one thing, but the Rugged Mini is also a true performer. The drive features a USB 3.0 interface - which is also USB 2.0 compliant - and a transfer rate of up to 5Gb/s. When it comes to RPMs, the drive functions at 5400 rotations per minute. Beyond speed, the Rugged Mini has security on its agenda. The LaCie Private-Public software that comes built-into the drive ensures that you can keep private files private with the help of a password protected section of the drive. Additional features like Automatic Backup and 10GB of free storage on Wuala's Online Storage also give you peace-of-mind when it comes to your data.

The Smallest Member of the Rugged Family
With its iconic orange design and secure form factor, the Rugged has been one of our most popular hard drives. With the Rugged Mini, we've shrunk the Rugged, and added tons of new features, making it a solid investment for on-the-go data transport
Maximum Reliability
The LaCie Rugged Mini Hard Disk shares features with our popular Rugged Hard Disk, like shock resistance, drop resistance, and a rubber sleeve for added protection. But with the Rugged Mini, we've gone a step further: it's also rain-resistant, and pressure-resistant-you can drive over it with a 1-ton car, and it still works! Its small size makes it perfect to take with you wherever you go, and its Rugged exterior provides protection against accidental drops, shock, or pressure
The Speed of USB 3.0
With the Rugged Mini, you've got the speed of USB 3.0, and full backward compatibility with USB 2.0, meaning that you can use it on almost any computer. 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)
LaCie Private-Public
The Rugged Mini doesn't just keep your data safe from external forces-it also protects against intrusion. With secure password protection software built-in, it's easy to make sure that your files are secure and protected, no matter where you go. You can even use access your password-protected files using any computer, ensuring complete data mobility-and complete data safety
Automatic Backup
Easy setup and automatic worry-free backup for both PC and Mac computers
Password Protection
With LaCie Private-Public software built-in, it's easy to make sure that your files are secure and protected, no matter where you go
Secure Online Storage
10GB of Wuala Online Storage included for one year to securely store and share your data online
40% Energy Savings
Automatic Eco mode lowers the power consumption by up to 40% when not in use, increasing the battery life of your notebook or laptop
Maximum Drop Height
1.2m / 47.2 in non-operating mode (dropping is not recommended in operating mode)
Performance
Capacity 500 GB
Interface USB 3.0
USB 2.0 compatible
Interface / Transfer Rate (Max) USB 3.0: Up to 5Gb/s
USB 2.0: Up to 480Mbps
Disk Speed (RPM) 5400
System Requirements Computer with a USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 port
High-speed Internet for online storage Latest version of Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 / Mac OS X 10.5, 10.6
Minimum free disk space: 600MB recommended
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
Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.40 X 5.30 X 0.75" / 86 x 135 x 19 mm
Weight 8.5 oz / 240 g
LaCie 500GB Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive
  • USB 3.0 Cable (USB 2.0 Compatible)
  • Complete Software Suite
  • Quick Install Guide
  • 2-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    LaCie500GB Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive
     
    4.6

    (based on 37 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (26)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to install (24)
    • Fast (24)
    • Quiet (24)
    • Reliable (22)
    • Highly compatible (18)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • High-end multimedia (10)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Frequent user (16), Heavy duty user (10)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (17), Business (16)
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac (5)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      The perfect mobile brain...

      I'm a professional photographer from Ontario, Canada. I use this drive as a mobile backup for my original files before turning them into live work and editing them. The LaCie Rugged Mini is...Read complete review

      I'm a professional photographer from Ontario, Canada. I use this drive as a mobile backup for my original files before turning them into live work and editing them. The LaCie Rugged Mini is a reliable, great way to achieve that.
      Bus Powered, and utilizing USB 3.0 on the drive side, its a fast, easy and "rugged" way to transport large amounts of files. Definitely a worthwhile buy for these reasons alone.

      I had some difficulty with the compatibility of their setup assistant on my Macbook Pro. I found the customer support utility to be easy, but a little tedious to use. I would prefer to have a number to call, or have the compatibility issue resolved altogether, however LaCie was very quick to get my problem solved in a very easy, interactive way.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Broke after a couple of months

      After only a couple of months of normal use, the connection for the cable broke and made the harddrive unusable. I had a hard time recovering the data. Not sure if this is...Read complete review

      After only a couple of months of normal use, the connection for the cable broke and made the harddrive unusable. I had a hard time recovering the data. Not sure if this is a common problem but for me this product was definitely a waste of money.

      Reviewed by 37 customers

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      5.0

      Truly Rugged

      By YAWN

      from Bellingham, WA

      About Me Heavy Duty User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install
      • Fast
      • Highly Compatible
      • Quiet
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • High-End Multimedia

        Comments about LaCie 500GB Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive:

        Using this hard drive for mostly for media storage and keeping working files on hand. You can feel that this drive is heavy-duty. I have only used it on macs and it is easy to install the software, and is plug and play with other computers

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

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        5.0

        They work

        By Jim

        from Lake Havasu, Arizona

        About Me Heavy Duty User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Install
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about LaCie 500GB Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive:

            Have several I use for backup because they always work.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            5.0

            Great drive

            By Olebjornson

            from Chicago

            About Me Frequent User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast
            • Quiet
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • High-End Multimedia

              Comments about LaCie 500GB Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive:

              Simple, easy to use, sturdy, gets the job done....

              • Primary use:
              • Business

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              5.0

              Drive Way

              By Info Seeker

              from New York, NY

              About Me Frequent User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Install
              • Fast
              • Highly Compatible
              • Quiet
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about LaCie 500GB Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive:

                  sturdy and reliable

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business

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                  5.0

                  Excellent as Usual

                  By Diveguru

                  from Seattle, WA

                  About Me Frequent User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Install
                  • Fast
                  • Highly Compatible
                  • Quiet
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about LaCie 500GB Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive:

                      Works perfect, compact, tough, what more can I say.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business

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                      4.0

                      Nice little "drop-able" hard drive

                      By HoosierGrrl

                      from Heartland

                      About Me Heavy Duty User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Install
                      • Fast

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about LaCie 500GB Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive:

                          haven't had it long enough to test its travel worthiness, but I've seen this same HD in a number of bags owned by people who travel hard and compute even harder, so I think it will be just fine.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business

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                          4.0

                          great little gadget

                          By Rocky

                          from Austin, TX

                          About Me Heavy Duty User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Install
                          • Fast
                          • Quiet

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about LaCie 500GB Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive:

                              Loving the orange casing that grips tabletops.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business

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                              5.0

                              Love these little drives

                              By adamh

                              from Nashville, TN

                              About Me Heavy Duty User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Install
                              • Fast
                              • Highly Compatible
                              • Quiet
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • High-End Multimedia

                                Comments about LaCie 500GB Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive:

                                Fast. Durable.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business

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                                5.0

                                Great Hard Drive

                                By Bradley

                                from Chicagoland, IL

                                About Me Frequent User

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Install
                                • Fast
                                • Quiet

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about LaCie 500GB Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive:

                                    This is a great bus-powered portable hard drive for general storage use. Easy to set up and use, a fast USB 3.0 connection, and the added security of knowing it won't break if it falls off the table. Highly recommended.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal

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                                    5.0

                                    I would buy this again!

                                    By linder

                                    from Boston, MA

                                    About Me Frequent User

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Install
                                    • Fast
                                    • Highly Compatible
                                    • Quiet
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about LaCie 500GB Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive:

                                        simple to use, does exactly what I want as an external drive for back up; rugged (and compact exterior, roomy interior) so no worries about carting it around - I would buy this again.

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Personal

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                                        5.0

                                        I would buy this product again and again

                                        By Ren

                                        from Philaldelphia, PA

                                        About Me Heavy Duty User

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Install
                                        • Fast
                                        • Highly Compatible

                                        Cons

                                        • Expensive

                                        Best Uses

                                        • High-End Multimedia

                                        Comments about LaCie 500GB Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive:

                                        I love it.

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Personal

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                                        2.0

                                        Broke after a couple of months

                                        By Kirina

                                        from Chicago

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Install
                                        • Highly Compatible
                                        • Quiet

                                        Cons

                                        • Unreliable

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about LaCie 500GB Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive:

                                          After only a couple of months of normal use, the connection for the cable broke and made the harddrive unusable. I had a hard time recovering the data. Not sure if this is a common problem but for me this product was definitely a waste of money.

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                                          5.0

                                          Outstanding product from Lacie

                                          By Astra65

                                          from Santa Clarita, CA

                                          About Me Frequent User

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Install
                                          • Fast
                                          • Highly Compatible
                                          • Quiet
                                          • Reliable

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about LaCie 500GB Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive:

                                              Use for backups. Probably my 5th or 6th Lacie drive. Excellent design as always and a decent price. Works flawlessly.

                                              • Primary use:
                                              • Personal

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                                              5.0

                                              Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive (500GB)

                                              By LaCie user

                                              from New York

                                              About Me Heavy Duty User

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Easy To Install
                                              • Fast
                                              • Highly Compatible
                                              • Quiet
                                              • Reliable

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                  Comments about LaCie 500GB Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive:

                                                  To back-up all my documents, photos, graphic design files

                                                  • Primary use:
                                                  • Personal

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                                                  5.0

                                                  GREAT PORTABLE DRIVE

                                                  By Thru A Camera Lens

                                                  from Sacramento, CA

                                                  About Me Frequent User

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Easy To Install
                                                  • Fast
                                                  • Highly Compatible
                                                  • Quiet
                                                  • Reliable

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Back up drive

                                                    Comments about LaCie 500GB Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive:

                                                    Easy to set up and use

                                                    • Primary use:
                                                    • Business

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                                                    5.0

                                                    Does what it says

                                                    By Rob

                                                    from Naples, FL

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Easy To Install
                                                    • Highly Compatible
                                                    • Quiet

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                        Comments about LaCie 500GB Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive:

                                                        This external hard drive did exactly what it said it would do. I use a MacBook Pro and as soon as I connected it and followed the onscreen instructions, it worked perfectly. It took about 5 hours to save 250G. I have bought many items from B&H and have never had a problem. This was just another example. Thank you B&H

                                                        • Primary use:
                                                        • Personal

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                                                        5.0

                                                        My favorite

                                                        By Quenton

                                                        from Oregon

                                                        About Me Frequent User

                                                        Verified Buyer

                                                        Pros

                                                        • Easy To Install
                                                        • Fast
                                                        • Quiet
                                                        • Reliable

                                                        Cons

                                                          Best Uses

                                                            Comments about LaCie 500GB Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive:

                                                            Solid, dependable drives. I have external drives made my Seagate, WD, Iomega, but these are my favorite. Consistently fast and durable, I continue to turn to these for their reliability.

                                                            As a newspaper photographer I am often on the move, and I bring my laptop and drives with me many places. Knowing that these are pretty shockproof and able to stand up to bumping and daily use is great. I don't abuse them, but I trust them more than a standard drive. Recommended!

                                                            • Primary use:
                                                            • Business

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                                                            4.0

                                                            Nicely made drive

                                                            By Acorn_User

                                                            from Charlottesville, VA

                                                            About Me Frequent User

                                                            Verified Buyer

                                                            Pros

                                                            • Attractive
                                                            • Nicely Finished
                                                            • Sturdy

                                                            Cons

                                                            • A bit pricey

                                                            Best Uses

                                                            • Travel

                                                            Comments about LaCie 500GB Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive:

                                                            I bought this to replace a drive that that broke after falling from my pc. I wanted a sturdier drive to replace it, and I think this one is just right; although I hope never to fully test out its durability! Like my other Lacie drive, it is nicely finished and looks great. It is somewhat expensive though (hence 4 stars).

                                                            • Primary use:
                                                            • Business

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                                                            4.0

                                                            Excellent

                                                            By Wally

                                                            from Chicago, Il.

                                                            About Me Frequent User

                                                            Verified Buyer

                                                            Pros

                                                            • Fast
                                                            • Highly Compatible
                                                            • Quiet
                                                            • Reliable

                                                            Cons

                                                              Best Uses

                                                              • High-End Multimedia

                                                              Comments about LaCie 500GB Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive:

                                                              Nice piece for traveling and light weight.

                                                              • Primary use:
                                                              • Personal

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                                                              5.0

                                                              Does exactly what it says on the box!

                                                              By LJR

                                                              from Los Angeles

                                                              About Me Frequent User

                                                              Verified Buyer

                                                              Pros

                                                              • Easy To Install
                                                              • Fast
                                                              • Highly Compatible
                                                              • Quiet
                                                              • Reliable

                                                              Cons

                                                                Best Uses

                                                                • High-End Multimedia

                                                                Comments about LaCie 500GB Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive:

                                                                I use the product to back up all my data, music and files on my Mac Book Pro and it integrates into the OS X software flawlessly. The quality of the product is very high compared to other hard drives I have purchased that have conked out within a few months!
                                                                The partition features are very useful for me as I use both a mac and PC and you can create separate partitions as well as secure partitions to store private data. (It would be nice to have some different color skins instead of the standard orange.)
                                                                If you want a good value but stylish and portable external disk, with a good amount of space and durability the rugged is your best bet.

                                                                • Primary use:
                                                                • Personal

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