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LaCie 1TB Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series Portable Hard Drive

B&H # LARPTU31 Mfr # 9000294
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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®

    by PowerReviews
    LaCie1TB Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series Portable Hard Drive
     
    4.3

    (based on 45 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (28)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (4)

    85%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Portable (34)
    • Compact (30)
    • Easy to use (30)
    • Easy to set up (27)
    • Quiet (27)

    Cons

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

    Best Uses

    • Back-up (22)
    • Photo storage (22)
    • Video (22)
    • File transfer (21)
    • Additional storage (20)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Power user (36), Casual user (5)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (28), Personal (13)
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac (40)

    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.

    Dudley Warner
    WARNER Photography

    Reviewed by 45 customers

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    5.0

    Love Lacie

    By Alex

    from Atlanta, Ga

    About Me Casual user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Additional Storage
      • File Transfer
      • Video

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

      I use these for transferring media files. Both the USB 3.0 and thunderbolt are fast enough for everything we use and the cushion around the drive saved me the other day when we were on set in a parking lot and it fell out of my lap. Most importantly, I have never had one of these drives fail.

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

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      5.0

      Great for portable use

      By Cailin

      from Houston, TX

      About Me Power user

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            Great quality, great speed. I have two of these drives, and I use them to hold all the different media I work with. They are fast, and reliable. I'd recommend this drive to anyone who is looking for a solid portable storage unit.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            5.0

            Super fast drive

            By Barbara

            from Evanston, IL

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Photo Storage
              • Video

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

              Use this to download video and photos on location. Small, rugged and fast!

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

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              5.0

              Love this drive!

              By Rjean

              from Anoka, MN

              About Me Power user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy to use
              • Portable
              • Quiet

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • File Transfer

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

                I utilize this drive to download P2 media. The thunderbolt has sped up my overall download time. It was a great purchase!

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

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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

                              Best Uses

                                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

                                Verified Reviewer

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                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      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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