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LaCie 500GB Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive

B&H # LARMDU3500 MFR # 301555
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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
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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
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.75 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.2 x 5.0 x 1.5"
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
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    LaCie500GB Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive
     
    4.6

    (based on 42 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (30)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast (28)
    • Quiet (28)
    • Easy to install (27)
    • Reliable (27)
    • Highly compatible (21)

    Cons

    • Pricey / poor value (4)

    Best Uses

    • High-end multimedia (12)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Frequent user (20), Heavy duty user (11)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (19), Personal (19)
      • 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.

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    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.

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    4.0

    Stylish and sturdy backup

    By jrf

    from Seattle

    About Me Frequent User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Reliable

    Cons

    • Expensive

    Best Uses

    • Backup and Storage

    Comments about LaCie 500GB Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive:

    Got this for my daughter heading off to school. The build seems sturdy and we've had no reliability issues. She likes the protective case, but I would say a lot of money is going toward the name.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

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    5.0

    Rugged External storage hard drive

    By droF

    from Novi, michigan

    About Me Frequent User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Install
    • Fast
    • Quiet
    • Reliable
    • Size

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Photo File Storage

    Comments about LaCie 500GB Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive:

    Bought 2 - they're my primary expernal HD storage & backup. Chose smaller smaller storage size - just in case.
    Several pro photogs I know use them because of their ruggedness.
    I like the orange casing - easier to find.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

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    5.0

    great little machine

    By Jess Photo

    from Philadelphia

    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 great. no issues. easy to set up and easy to transport.

        • Primary use:
        • Business

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        5.0

        Love Rugged LaCie

        By Frosty

        from Chicago

        About Me Frequent User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Expensive

        Best Uses

        • High-End Multimedia
        • Shipping

        Comments about LaCie 500GB Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive:

        I usually buy Rugged LaCie drives if possible. They are a bit more expensive, but reliable and durable.

        They are great for using with clients, especially if shipping. I bought the 500GB for a client, but I think it's worth the price to get a 1TB.

        Great for Mac's and PC's.

        • Primary use:
        • Business

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        5.0

        Great hard drive

        By ski uphill

        from maine

        About Me Heavy Duty User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast
        • Highly Compatible
        • Quiet
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • High-End Multimedia

          Comments about LaCie 500GB Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive:

          Use it to deliver files to clients and for on the go storage. Like the slim profile and the rubber bumpers- good for someone who is not always coordinated!

          • Primary use:
          • Business

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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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