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LaCie 500GB, 7200rpm Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive

B&H # LARMDU35007 Mfr # 301556
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Product Highlights
  • USB 3.0 Interface
  • 7200 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, 7200rpm 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 7200 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) 7200
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, 7200rpm 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, 7200rpm Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive
     
    4.5

    (based on 31 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (20)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Reliable (19)
    • Fast (18)
    • Quiet (18)
    • Easy to install (17)
    • Highly compatible (13)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • High-end multimedia (7)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Frequent user (12), Heavy duty user (11)
        • Primary use:
        • Business (14), Personal (14)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      I like it.

      I am a photography student at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. I use this hard drive as extra storage and was required to get an external for class. I like the drive and...Read complete review

      I am a photography student at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. I use this hard drive as extra storage and was required to get an external for class. I like the drive and once plugged in it works quite quickly, although sometimes it takes a few seconds to start copying large amounts of data. Once going though it goes quite quickly. I like to get things that are tough or water proof/resistant and this fits both categories, although I haven't actually tested it out, I like the extra assurance. It's definitely not flimsy and feels like it could stand a 4 1/2 foot drop. Although make sure it isn't on, as specified. The rubber protects from dropping but also keeps it from sliding around the table. I also like it's small size. I'm giving it four stars instead of five because I'm not sure it was completely fantastic, although to be certain I'm not sure what any portable hard drive could do to attain such a level.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Good drive, proprietary cable NOT good

      This drive worked exactly as described and was a breeze to set up on my MacBookPro; I especially liked the built-in ability to partition the drive to have some of the space reserved for...Read complete review

      This drive worked exactly as described and was a breeze to set up on my MacBookPro; I especially liked the built-in ability to partition the drive to have some of the space reserved for sharing files with a Windows machine. This was extremely easy to achieve and works great. I am using the drive for live musical performance (virtual instruments and the many gigs of samples they need), so I did indeed need the "ruggedness" factor -- time will tell how well that works. The one negative, and it is indeed a BIG negative, is the proprietary cable this drive uses; if the cable is lost or fails, I will have to get another from LaCie, I guess, as it is not a cable I have in my arsenal. Had I known this before buying this drive I most certainly would NOT have bought it. Without a back-up cable my live performances are hanging on this one cable working time and again, and this is not a comfortable place to be.

      Reviewed by 31 customers

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      5.0

      Fast!

      By Kristian

      from Dallas, Tx

      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, 7200rpm Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive:

        I use this for editing different projects for school. It's a little small at only 500gigs but with the 7200rpm I'm able to manage and edit 1080p footage lightning fast.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

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        5.0

        Love it so far!

        By Kristian

        from Dallas

        Comments about LaCie 500GB, 7200rpm Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive:

        I've been using this drive for a little while now and it's extreemel fast! The difference I've experienced so far switching from a 5400rpm FireWire 800 drive to this has been wild. Data transfer and editing speeds are amazingly fast.

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        5.0

        Always dependable. Rugged is the word.

        By FullStereo

        from New York City

        About Me Heavy Duty User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Shipping Data To Clients

          Comments about LaCie 500GB, 7200rpm Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive:

          I must have bought 100 of these over the last few years. Perfect to ship to clients. Never had a problem.

          • Primary use:
          • Business

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          5.0

          Very handy

          By A.D.

          from Brooklyn, NY

          About Me Heavy Duty User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install
          • Easy To Transport
          • Fast
          • Quiet
          • Small

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Itunes Library Storage

            Comments about LaCie 500GB, 7200rpm Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive:

            I needed a place to put my ever-expanding iTunes library because it was taking up too much space on my hard drive, so I exported it to this handy little guy. I say 'handy' because the drive is small, so it can slip into a purse easily, and has only one cable, so it plugs straight into your computer. All my other external drives require extra power cables that plug into a wall socket, so they're much more of a hassle.
            I haven't owned it more than a month, so we'll see how it holds up (reliability-wise) in the long term, but for what I'm using it for I think it's the perfect little transportable storage unit. Fun orange rubber case too.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            5.0

            quality drive

            By austin p.

            from staten island, ny

            About Me Frequent User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about LaCie 500GB, 7200rpm Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive:

                  perfect for traveling

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business

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                  5.0

                  Great and compact!

                  By JohnnyCool

                  from NY, NY

                  About Me Infrequent User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • High-End Multimedia

                    Comments about LaCie 500GB, 7200rpm Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive:

                    Easy to carry arond

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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                    5.0

                    Perfect with the Retina for video work

                    By Glenn Fajota

                    from Norfolk, VA

                    About Me Heavy Duty User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast
                    • Quiet
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about LaCie 500GB, 7200rpm Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive:

                        We got these for mail our clients images and video files. We just place the drive in a padded envelope and mail. When the client mails back the drives, they come back in 100% working order (=

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business

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                        5.0

                        well Done

                        By Pat

                        from Pasadena CA

                        About Me Frequent User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Install
                        • Highly Compatible
                        • Quiet
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about LaCie 500GB, 7200rpm Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive:

                            I use this product as Mobile desktop on business trip. nice form factor

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business

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                            5.0

                            Quiet, lightweight, and great for travel

                            By Joy4Heart

                            from Los Altos, CA

                            About Me Heavy Duty User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Install
                            • Fast
                            • Quiet

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • High-End Multimedia
                              • Organize Fcpx Projects
                              • Travel Backup

                              Comments about LaCie 500GB, 7200rpm Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive:

                              I've just returned from a two week trip, for photography and filming a short educational video for my organization. The hard drive was wonderful -- quick, quiet, and convenient for daily backups of files.

                              I liked it so much that I ordered a second identical drive, to organize files and FCPX projects while travelling.

                              The includeded LaCie software consumes notable space (about 30GB) on the drive. If you don't need it, there's an option during install/formatting to not add it.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business

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                              5.0

                              Great fast USB3 Hard Drive

                              By IHalevi

                              from Boston, MA

                              About Me Frequent User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Install
                              • Fast
                              • Highly Compatible
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • High-End Multimedia

                                Comments about LaCie 500GB, 7200rpm Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive:

                                We use this hard drive for recording live sports broadcasts off our streaming computer. The drive is fast and easy to set up. With the USB 3.0 connection, the recording never drops any frames.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business

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                                5.0

                                seems vry good and fast

                                By fsveltophoto

                                from Houston TX

                                About Me Frequent User

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Install
                                • Fast
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about LaCie 500GB, 7200rpm Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive:

                                    easy start up. I kept it to the basic

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal

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                                    4.0

                                    Great drive - irritating bloatware

                                    By Weberpoint

                                    from Sammamish, WA

                                    About Me Frequent User

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                    • Irritating Bloatware

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Data Backup

                                    Comments about LaCie 500GB, 7200rpm Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive:

                                    The unit itself is exactly what I expected from LaCie - it's built well and it works just the way it is supposed to. It comes with a standard USB 3.0 micro-B cable connector which may look proprietary to those unfamiliar with the new standards. My only negative is the included Genie backup software which, as configured, is almost unusable. At every attempt to change the backup options you are told that the option you want is only available as an upgrade. I think that this reflects poorly on LaCie.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal

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                                    5.0

                                    Efficient

                                    By Kim

                                    from Durango, CO

                                    About Me Frequent User

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about LaCie 500GB, 7200rpm Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive:

                                        Fast and efficient while backing up images from my laptop while on my first real photography trip--to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. i had a fantastic trip and was happy to have a device that I felt comfortable relying on for back-up and storage. The was also a pretty fast transfer of 3000 images back to my home computer. It was reliable and is built to last. Very sturdy, but fortunately I didn't have to test the ruggedness of the device. No serious mishaps with my equipment on this trip.

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Personal

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                                        3.0

                                        Still trying to figure it out!

                                        By Back to school Mom

                                        from Mount Pleasant, SC

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • excellent design
                                        • Feels Nice In Hand
                                        • Great Weight

                                        Cons

                                        • Difficult To Install
                                        • Interface Not Easy
                                        • Usb cable too short

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about LaCie 500GB, 7200rpm Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive:

                                          I bought the LaCie Rugged Mini to store my photo files and work between my home PC and my school Mac in Adobe Lightroom. The initial partition set up is easy(a slide ruler), but I am still not sure exactly how to use the thing. I am computer and software savvy, yet external hard drives (especially LaCie) elude me. Reviews indicate that LaCie is top of the line. The unit itself feels great in the hand, it is classy,strong aluminum and rubber. I would love an engraved ID option like on an ipod. But the interface should be more idiot proof. I will comment after I (hopefully)figure out exactly how to use it. ps Online manuals not much help. How to videos would be great!

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                                          5.0

                                          Love theses guys

                                          By Rip tides

                                          from NY, NY

                                          About Me Heavy Duty User

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Install
                                          • Fast
                                          • Quiet
                                          • Reliable

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • High-End Multimedia

                                            Comments about LaCie 500GB, 7200rpm Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive:

                                            I use one of these every year to back up my photos

                                            • Primary use:
                                            • Personal

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                                            4.0

                                            Cable connector NOT proprietary

                                            By University Photographer

                                            from CT

                                            Comments about LaCie 500GB, 7200rpm Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive:

                                            Several people have indicated that the included cable is one-of-a-kind and unique to LaCie. This is not the case. It is a standard USB 3.0 "micro b" connector. You can purchase one at many retailers, including here at B&H, for under $10.

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                                            5.0

                                            Nice Durable Hard Drive

                                            By FloridaPhil

                                            from Lexington, KY

                                            About Me Heavy Duty User

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                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Durable
                                            • Easy To Install
                                            • Fast
                                            • Reliable

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • High-End Multimedia

                                              Comments about LaCie 500GB, 7200rpm Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive:

                                              Using this as a backup for my media files and it works great. On-site production takes a toll on your equipment and this hard drive holds up to the wear and tear.

                                              • Primary use:
                                              • Business

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                                              4.0

                                              Great Portable Drive for Macs

                                              By SMP Video LLC

                                              from Princeton, NJ

                                              About Me Heavy Duty User

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

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

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                  Comments about LaCie 500GB, 7200rpm Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive:

                                                  Purchased two of these and both are working well in my video studio. Able to partition with Mac software and use for system back-up as well as portable drive for video files. Limitations - only USB and cable is proprietary to LaCie.
                                                  Small, light-weight and well constructed.

                                                  • Primary use:
                                                  • Business

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                                                  5.0

                                                  Video Production

                                                  By Cole

                                                  from Ontario, Canada

                                                  About Me Frequent User

                                                  See all my reviews

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Fast
                                                  • Quiet
                                                  • Reliable

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                      Comments about LaCie 500GB, 7200rpm Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive:

                                                      I'm using these drives for photo and video production. These little drives are perfect for working on projects between various computers, on the go and in the office. The rubber housing offers a little more peace of mind when transporting.

                                                      • Primary use:
                                                      • Business

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                                                      5.0

                                                      Fast, portable, rugged

                                                      By mtl

                                                      from Montreal, Qc

                                                      About Me Heavy Duty User

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                                                      Verified Buyer

                                                      Pros

                                                      • Easy To Install
                                                      • Highly Compatible
                                                      • Portable
                                                      • Quiet
                                                      • Reliable
                                                      • rugged

                                                      Cons

                                                        Best Uses

                                                        • Backup
                                                        • On Location
                                                        • Photography

                                                        Comments about LaCie 500GB, 7200rpm Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive:

                                                        I use it as my everyday backup for on location shoots, or to backup my working files day after day. It's always with me. Feels sturdy. Very fast for a portable "self powered" drive.

                                                        • Primary use:
                                                        • Business

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