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LaCie 1TB Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series Portable Hard Drive

B&H # LARPTU31 Mfr # 9000294
You Pay: $199.99
Product Highlights
  • 1TB Raw Capacity Portable Drive
  • 5400 rpm Speed
  • USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt Ports
  • 110 MBps Transfer Speed
  • Bus Powered
  • Drop Resistant to 4 Feet
  • AES 256-bit Software Encryption
  • 10GB of Wuala Secure Cloud Storage
  • Mac and Windows Compatible

The 1TB Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series Portable Hard Drive by LaCie combines a small form factor with a large hard drive for the most optimal storage solution for today's Ultrabook crowd. It's a 1TB 5400 rpm hard drive encased in a rugged, drop resistant case. It also features both a USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt port for the best performance in transfer speed.

With USB 3.0 already at a maximum interface transfer rate of 5Gbps, Thunderbolt seems like overkill at 10Gbps. But since the drive can be formatted with Mac or Windows partitions, it just adds another layer of functionality to the drive. Now you can take advantage of the unit's portability and connect to Macs with Thunderbolt or PCs with USB 3.0. At 1TB, the drive is essential for digital artists and data managers who take their work from station to station.

The LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt series also features an average transfer rate of 110MBps on both the Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 ports (five times faster than FireWire 800), is MIL-compliant with a drop resistance to 4' (1.2m) and includes backup software and AES 256-bit encryption. There's even 10GB of Wuala Secure Cloud Storage included.

The unit is bus powered - no need for external power supplies or cluttering electrical cords. You can take this portable drive anywhere - it doesn't take up much room in a laptop bag or briefcase. And it's bus power lends true freedom to power users who need extra storage when they're on-the-go. It's especially important in the era of ever decreasing hard drive capacities for Ultrabooks and small-form laptops.

The unit can be formatted for Mac and Windows partitions when the disk utility detects the drive on start up. It also includes both a USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt cable.

Universal
This potable drive can be used in SuperSpeed USB 3.0 mode, or it can connect to older computers and laptops using USB 2.0. Because it is fully bus-powered, it is truly portable - making it a great companion to low-capacity Ultrabooks.
Fast
Get fast transfer speeds on Mac and PC thanks to the USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt interfaces. This HDD performs up to 110MB/s, a 35% improvement over FireWire 800. Back up and transfer a large amount of data in a fraction of the time. Enjoy noticeably more responsive photo library browsing.
User-Friendly Software
LaCie Setup Assistant lets you get started with ease. Included Private-Public software even password-protects your files from prying eyes with AES 256-bit encryption. Benefit from automatic data backup for both Mac and PC via Backup Assistant. Additionally, 10GB of Wuala Secure Cloud Storage is included for one year, allowing you to store and share your data online safely
Rugged Protection
The LaCie Rugged is MIL-compliant for superior data protection from accidental drops up to 1.2 meters (4 feet). It is tough enough to be shipped for reliable delivery to clients or partners.
Performance
Capacity 1.0 TB
Interface USB 3.0: up to 5.0 Gb/s
Thunderbolt: up to 10 Gb/s
Drive Speed 5400 rpm
Buffer Not specified by manufacturer
Average Seek Time Not specified by manufacturer
Sustained Data Transfer Rate 110 MB/s (Thunderbolt and USB 3.0)
System Requirements • Latest version of Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 / Mac OS X 10.5 (Intel only), 10.6, 10.7, 10.8 or later
• Computer with a Thunderbolt, USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 port
• High-speed internet for online storage
• Minimum free disk space: 600 MB recommended
General
Mounting Portable, external
Power Requirements Bus powered
Environmental Requirements Not specified by manufacturer
Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.5 x 5.5 x 0.97" / 89 x 140 x 24 mm
Weight 9.2 oz. / 260 g
LaCie 1TB Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series Portable Hard Drive
  • USB 3.0 Cable (USB 2.0 Compatible)
  • Thunderbolt Cable - 19.7" / 50 cm
  • Quick Install Guide
  • 2 - Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    LaCie1TB Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series Portable Hard Drive
     
    4.2

    (based on 41 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (24)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (4)

    84%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Portable (31)
    • Compact (27)
    • Easy to use (27)
    • Easy to set up (25)
    • Large capacity / good size (24)

    Cons

    • No power switch (5)
    • Unreliable (5)

    Best Uses

    • Back-up (22)
    • Photo storage (21)
    • Video (20)
    • Additional storage (19)
    • File transfer (19)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Power user (34), Casual user (4)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (25), Personal (12)
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac (37)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Just get it.

    Fantastic, reliable, tough hard drive. I especially like the portability of this drive. Be aware, though, that the 5400RPM drive speed means that the transfer/copy speed of files ISN'T going to...Read complete review

    Fantastic, reliable, tough hard drive. I especially like the portability of this drive. Be aware, though, that the 5400RPM drive speed means that the transfer/copy speed of files ISN'T going to be taking full advantage of Thunderbolt's 10GB/s potential. I have MAYBE around 30 or 40 MB/s maximum when using Mac's Time Machine or manually dragging files into my drive. I use it primarily as a back up drive for my audio recording projects and editing video, so it's not a big deal (although I would appreciate if my video files transferred a bit quicker). But I knew that going into the decision to actually get it, so I shouldn't complain, as they do make 7200RPM and SSD versions of the Rugged. Overall, I'm definitely a fan!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Works Great as a Thunderbolt Drive

    I have been using LaCie Rugged Drives for a number of years, and like both the design and dependability. This drive functions great as a Thunderbolt drive, but I am not satisfied that...Read complete review

    I have been using LaCie Rugged Drives for a number of years, and like both the design and dependability. This drive functions great as a Thunderbolt drive, but I am not satisfied that it will not fully function as a USB drive. I have been told by LaCie that my iMac may not produce sufficient power for me to use this as a USB drive. LaCie sent me a Y-shaped USB cable that requires that you plug it into 2 USB ports. While powered like this, the drive works fine as a USB drive, but it uses up an extra USB port and still does not work with my MacBook Pro Retina. I will keep the drive, but this is a significant problem.

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    5.0

    Great fast portable sturdy drive

    By gt

    from Los Angeles

    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
      • File Transfer
      • Video

      Comments about LaCie 1TB Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series Portable Hard Drive:

      I've used these rugged drives for years. This one is my fav. Fast, light, and if you're not going to travel with it, pop off the orange sleeve and it's a gorgeous object.

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

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      5.0

      Love It!

      By Josh

      from Ocala, FL

      About Me Power user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • 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 1TB Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series Portable Hard Drive:

        This thing is awesome. I use this for editing HD video and is lighting fast. My photography friend led me to buy this. He's had two and both have yet to let him down.

        Great purchase!

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

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        5.0

        Very fast

        By Id

        from San Francisco

        Comments about LaCie 1TB Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series Portable Hard Drive:

        Transfers files over 10x faster than my old usb2 drive. No problems connecting to Mac.

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        1.0

        DATA LOSS when using EXFAT

        By HD shooter

        from Washington, DC

        About Me Power user

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Compact
        • Portable

        Cons

        • Slow
        • Unreliable

        Best Uses

          Comments about LaCie 1TB Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series Portable Hard Drive:

          I do not recommend these drives for professional purposes.

          First, 5400 rpm is the bottleneck, regardless of USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt. Actual read/write speeds when transferring video is about 30MB/s (have tested).

          Second, and most importantly, if you are ever formatting them exFAT they will mount/unmount by themselves. You may eject properly, but when you go to pull the drive, it has re-mounted itself. As such you can inadvertently yank a drive that has spun up by itself -- in exFAT, that means all data lost due to directory corruption.

          LaCie is generally a good company -- I just don't trust these particular drives. If you use these, format HFS+ or NTFS only.

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

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          5.0

          My third one because they are so handy.

          By klubarb

          from San Francisco, CA

          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 1TB Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series Portable Hard Drive:

            I use this product to transfer large files from one computer to another and to carry large video files around with my laptop. I haven't had any issues with it so far, and this is my third purchase due to heavy use.

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

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            4.0

            Time Machine HD

            By GD

            from San Francisco

            About Me Power user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • No Power Switch

            Best Uses

              Comments about LaCie 1TB Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series Portable Hard Drive:

              I bought this 1TB drive as my Apple iMac 'Time Machine' backup hard drive. Lots of room to store the numerous backups the Time Machine will make.
              I've had good luck with LaCie drives in the past. Reliable.
              The great thing about this drive is that it comes with a Thunderbolt cable and a USB3 cable.

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

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              5.0

              Very pleased!

              By Zain

              from San Francisco, CA

              About Me Power user

              Verified Reviewer

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                Cons

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                    Comments about LaCie 1TB Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series Portable Hard Drive:

                    I don't usually write reviews, mostly because the products I buy don't move me to. But between the speed of the interfaces, the solid feel of the unit, and the supporting software - how do I put this? - I actually look forward to using this drive whenever I sit down to work. Call me one satisfied customer!

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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                    5.0

                    Great Drive

                    By A.G.

                    from NY

                    About Me Power user

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                      Cons

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                          Comments about LaCie 1TB Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series Portable Hard Drive:

                          The main things about this drive for me are the rugged design, the fast interfaces, and its large capacity, which lets me take files that are important to me wherever I go, but the small details are also pretty awesome. For example, the 10 GB of cloud storage that came with the drive turned out to be a pretty efficient way of sharing files with colleagues. I really love it.

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                          5.0

                          Lightning Fast HD!

                          By Dj Nan2

                          from Orlando, FL

                          About Me Power user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • None

                          Best Uses

                          • Audio
                          • Photo Storage
                          • Video

                          Comments about LaCie 1TB Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series Portable Hard Drive:

                          Very nice looking and compact HD. I am a professional dj and always looking for the most compact reliable gear. Did my extensive research as I always do and this Lacie thunderbolt HD always came on top. Been using it for a couple of weeks now doing multiple things at the same time. This drive takes everything I throw at him....

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

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                          5.0

                          Outstanding!

                          By HK

                          from Long Island, NY

                          About Me Power user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Photo Storage

                            Comments about LaCie 1TB Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series Portable Hard Drive:

                            This drive is my backup for my Mac and holds all the backups for my photos

                            • Computer Platform:
                            • Mac

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                            4.0

                            So far so good...

                            By Tiny Giant

                            from All over the world

                            About Me Power user

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • Only 1tb Which Goes Fast

                            Best Uses

                            • File Transfer
                            • Video

                            Comments about LaCie 1TB Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series Portable Hard Drive:

                            I ordered this to be able to archive video through FCPX off of two cameras at a time through the USB ports, and onto this via Thunderbolt. Works like a charm. I just wish they had a 2TB version...

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

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                            3.0

                            Too much whiz and not enough bang

                            By Supermoose

                            from Ontario, Canada

                            About Me Casual user

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Easy to use
                            • Portable
                            • Quiet

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about LaCie 1TB Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series Portable Hard Drive:

                              The Drive works well on my PC connected to the thunderbolt port on my Asus motherboard. Although the download speeds were only about 20% better than the USB 3.0 connection. I suspect this is due to drive write speed limitations. Therefore I don't believe it is worth the extra cost for the thunderbolt connection unless you are willing to buy the SSD version.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal
                              • Computer Platform:
                              • PC

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                              4.0

                              Excellent and tough

                              By Springdale District TV

                              from Springdale Arkansas

                              About Me Power user

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • 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 1TB Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series Portable Hard Drive:

                                I use this for all of my work documents. Tough, light and reliable. Also transfers fast

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

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                                4.0

                                Fast & realiable external drives

                                By The Old Yellow

                                from Rockville, MD

                                About Me Power user

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Backup
                                  • File Transfer
                                  • Video

                                  Comments about LaCie 1TB Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series Portable Hard Drive:

                                  I've purchased 2 of these already & plan on buying another. I use them primarily with Macs to back up video editing files, very impressive/reliable speeds with its thunderbolt connections. Not as small or cheap as the WD drives but still look great. Built quality is respectable.

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

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                                  3.0

                                  Works Great as a Thunderbolt Drive

                                  By WARNER Photography

                                  from Takoma Park, MD

                                  About Me Power user

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • High Capacity
                                  • Rugged

                                  Cons

                                  • Design Problem

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Additional Storage
                                  • Backup
                                  • File Transfer
                                  • Photo Storage

                                  Comments about LaCie 1TB Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series Portable Hard Drive:

                                  I have been using LaCie Rugged Drives for a number of years, and like both the design and dependability. This drive functions great as a Thunderbolt drive, but I am not satisfied that it will not fully function as a USB drive. I have been told by LaCie that my iMac may not produce sufficient power for me to use this as a USB drive. LaCie sent me a Y-shaped USB cable that requires that you plug it into 2 USB ports. While powered like this, the drive works fine as a USB drive, but it uses up an extra USB port and still does not work with my MacBook Pro Retina. I will keep the drive, but this is a significant problem.

                                  Dudley Warner
                                  WARNER Photography

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

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                                  5.0

                                  get the job done

                                  By bobby ad man

                                  from Washington, DC

                                  About Me Casual user

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Easy to use
                                  • Portable

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Backup
                                    • File Transfer
                                    • Video

                                    Comments about LaCie 1TB Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series Portable Hard Drive:

                                    Portable. Thunderbolt makes for fast transfer when you're trying to leave a shoot and make a plane.

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

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                                    5.0

                                    Excellent

                                    By Lunap33

                                    from NNY

                                    About Me Power user

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                    • Easy to use
                                    • High Capacity
                                    • Portable
                                    • Quiet

                                    Cons

                                    • Neon Orange Is Too Flashy

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Additional Storage
                                    • Backup
                                    • File Transfer
                                    • Photo Storage

                                    Comments about LaCie 1TB Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series Portable Hard Drive:

                                    Quite fast, it makes a marked difference using the Thunderbolt cord. I have not had any issued with the cord yet that others have reported.

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

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                                    5.0

                                    Great portable drive!

                                    By Mike in PA

                                    from Pennsylvania

                                    About Me Power user

                                    See all my reviews

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Backup
                                      • Photo Storage

                                      Comments about LaCie 1TB Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series Portable Hard Drive:

                                      This is a great, rugged portable hard drive. I use it to back up my MacBook Pro's hard drive, as well as a back-up of my photography collection. Highly recommended, can't have too many back-ups!

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

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                                      4.0

                                      Works as Advertised

                                      By DiscretePete

                                      from Switzerland

                                      About Me Casual user

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Additional Storage
                                        • Backup
                                        • Photo Storage

                                        Comments about LaCie 1TB Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series Portable Hard Drive:

                                        I have several LaCies in different sizes and they all work as advertised.

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

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                                        2.0

                                        Dead in two months

                                        By Steven Davis

                                        from Richmond, VA

                                        About Me Power user

                                        Pros

                                        • Compact
                                        • High Capacity
                                        • Portable

                                        Cons

                                        • No Power Switch
                                        • Unreliable

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Additional Storage

                                        Comments about LaCie 1TB Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series Portable Hard Drive:

                                        Love the size, love the speed, then it died. So now I have to send it to Lacie for 'repair' but given the low reviews all over the net, it's going to be hard for me to trust this drive again. I'll have to do three backups just because of this drive's unreliability.

                                        Whatever you do, don't put all your eggs in this drive, back up to something more reliable.

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

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