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LaCie 256GB Rugged USB 3.0 / Thunderbolt SSD

B&H # LARHDTB256GB Mfr # 9000352
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You Pay: $299.99
Product Highlights
  • 256GB SSD Drive Capacity
  • 1 x USB 3.0 Port (USB 2.0-Compatible)
  • 1 x Thunderbolt Port
  • SATA 6Gb/s Connectivity
  • USB 3.0 - 5Gb/s Transfer Rate
  • Thunderbolt - 10Gb/s Transfer Rate
  • AES 256-bit Data Encryption
  • 4 ft Maximum Drop Height

The 256GB Rugged USB 3.0 / Thunderbolt SSD from LaCie is a durable solid state drive that is impact-resistant to a height of 4 ft. The integrated USB 3.0 port allows for data transfer speeds of up to 5Gb/s, while the Thunderbolt port provides data transfer speeds of up to 10Gb/s. Multiple high-speed connection options allow you to connect this hard drive to almost any computer, making it both rugged and versatile.

This SATA 6Gb/s solid state drive comes with a variety of software options making it simple to not only backup your computer, but to manage your drive as well. Take advantage of Easy setup to configure your drive, Automatic backup makes it simple to backup your data quickly and efficiently, and 10GB Wuala Secure online storage allows you to backup your information to the cloud. Your data stored within the Rugged USB 3.0 Solid State Hard Drive will remain more secure with integrated 256-bit encryption standards.

Universal Connectivity
Featuring both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt ports, the LaCie Rugged is a perfect match for your Mac and PC. And because USB 3.0 is backwards compatible, you can connect it to almost any standard computer. The LaCie Rugged is also fully bus-powered through the included 3.0 and Thunderbolt cables. Its portability and interfaces make it the must have sidekick to a new Mac or Ultrabook.
High-Speed Data Transfer
Get fast transfer speeds on Mac and PC thanks to the USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt interfaces. This SSD delivers enhanced data transfer speeds of up to 385MB/s. Back up and transfer large amounts of data in a fraction of the time.
Complete Data Protection
Protect your data with the LaCie Rugged MIL-compliant drive providing superior data protection from accidental drops up to 4 ft. Whether it falls off your desk or out of the pocket of your jacket, you can remain confident your data will still be accessible. This SSD version goes a step further for enhanced resilience against vibration and shock. This drive is tough enough to be shipped for reliable delivery to clients or partners. Included software even protects your files from prying eyes with AES 256-bit encryption.
Drive Capacity 256 GB SSD
Drive Type SSD SATA 6 Gb/s
Interface 1 x USB 3.0 port (USB 2.0-compatible)
1 x Thunderbolt port
Interface / Transfer Rate USB 3.0: 5 Gb/s
Thunderbolt: 10 Gb/s
Average Transfer Rate Thunderbolt & USB 3.0: 385 MB/s
Maximum Drop Height 4' (1.2 m) in non-operating mode
System Requirements Thunderbolt: Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8; Mac OS X 10.6 +

USB 3.0: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8; Mac OS X 10.5 +

Computer with an Thunderbolt, USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 port

Minimum free disk space: 600MB recommended

Dimensions 3.5 x 5.5 x 1.0" (89 x 140 x 24 mm)
Weight 9.2 oz (260 g)
LaCie 256GB Rugged USB 3.0 / Thunderbolt SSD
  • USB 3.0 Cable (USB 2.0 compatible)
  • Thunderbolt Cable
  • Quick Install Guide
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    LaCie256GB Rugged USB 3.0 / Thunderbolt SSD
     
    4.9

    (based on 14 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast (6)
    • Quiet (5)
    • Reliable (5)
    • Compact (3)
    • Easy to use (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • File transfer (3)
      • Image storage (3)
      • Video (3)
        • Primary use:
        • Business (4)
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac (6)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Power user (3), Tech savvy (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (6)

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      5.0

      Game Changer

      By Spark A Story

      from San Diego, CA

      About Me Power user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about LaCie 256GB Rugged USB 3.0 / Thunderbolt SSD:

        Purchased to run OSX and all apps for my Mid 2011 iMac. Wish I would have purchased this over a year ago. Its amazing. Fast. Rugged. And comes with the perfect length Thunderbolt cable.

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

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        4.0

        Small and quiet

        By Shrin

        from Wyoming

        Comments about LaCie 256GB Rugged USB 3.0 / Thunderbolt SSD:

        SSD is the way to go for Premier Pro workflow. Although the price per gig is high, I would recommend Lacie, as I have had bad results with G Tech un-mounting for no reason. I use Thunderbolt with this device; no problems thus far.

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        5.0

        BLAZING FAST BUT EXPENSIVE

        By Slickrick

        from Riverdale, NY

        About Me Power user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy to use
        • Portable
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • File Transfer
          • Video

          Comments about LaCie 256GB Rugged USB 3.0 / Thunderbolt SSD:

          I purchased the Lacie thunderbolt/USB3 Rugged 256GB SSD bus powered. This drive screams speed. I use this as the work drive for my catalog and files i'm working on at the moment in lightroom. Once I ingest the work I back up the whole file into one of the drives in the pegasus2 system BY PROMISE TECHNOLOGYS. After several hours of work on the job I back it up again.

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

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          4.0

          Fast

          By AB

          from NYC

          Comments about LaCie 256GB Rugged USB 3.0 / Thunderbolt SSD:

          Great drive for locations.

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          5.0

          Fast and flawless

          By RJ

          from Shelby Township, MI

          About Me Power user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Additional Storage
            • File Transfer
            • Video

            Comments about LaCie 256GB Rugged USB 3.0 / Thunderbolt SSD:

            I bought this for use with my fusion drive iMac. I wanted a bit more SSD space to use for original media for editing video. So far it is working great! data transfers between the mac's HD and this thing are so so fast! Editing video has never been quicker. One other thing I really like about this drive is that if you want, you can easily remove the orange bumper. Since I'm using a desktop, I have no plans for it to be a portable drive. What really surprised me is how nicely it matches the aluminum and style of the iMac without the bumper on. Looks great and moves fast. Perfect combo for a mac user.

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

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            5.0

            I will buy some more of these

            By DrDave

            from Los Alamos, NM

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast Connectivity
            • Quiet
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Only One Thunderbolt Port

            Best Uses

            • Laptops
            • Large Projects
            • Travel

            Comments about LaCie 256GB Rugged USB 3.0 / Thunderbolt SSD:

            I use this drive as scratch drive for editing large video files.
            It is very fast with both the thunderbolt and USB3 connections. The USB3 Read speed for large files is about 400MB/sec. The USB3 write speed is over 300MB/sec. The Thunderbolt speeds are close to the same. Thus, the speeds are close to the average transfer rates advertised. For comparison, the same test for my 2012 MacBook Pro's internal SSD gives a read speed of about 490MB/sec and a write speed of about 380MB/sec. Finally, I have another USB3 drive from a different manufacturer that only gives 198MB/sec read and 220MB/sec write for the same test (yes, write is faster on that drive). I wish it had a second Thunderbolt port, but I knew it only had one when I bought it. Still five stars. I have used it intensively for three weeks without trouble; but I can't say what the long-term reliability is. I haven't tried dropping it.

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

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            5.0

            Lightning speed

            By RSC3516

            from Raleigh NC

            About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Fast Connectivity
            • Quiet
            • Reliable
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Multimedia

              Comments about LaCie 256GB Rugged USB 3.0 / Thunderbolt SSD:

              Moved the OS and Apps to this drive. Freed up space on old drive. But the real beauty is how fast the system runs. My 3.6 I7 IMac was fast before, but now it's a whole new machine! Best cheapest update u can make for a desk top.

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

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              5.0

              Great!

              By RonW

              from Los Angeles, Ca

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Pros

              • Fast Connectivity

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Large Projects

                Comments about LaCie 256GB Rugged USB 3.0 / Thunderbolt SSD:

                Heavy usage for about a week now. Using with new Imac for Kontakt 5 samples.

                Benchmarks (using Blackmagic Disk Speed Test) are: 286 MB/s write and 381 MB/s on read. Pretty darn fast!

                I'll edit this review if I encounter any issues.

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

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                5.0

                very fast

                By Mike ski

                from Meriden, CT

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Image Storage

                  Comments about LaCie 256GB Rugged USB 3.0 / Thunderbolt SSD:

                  Using this with Windows 7 and Gigabyte motherboard that has Thunderbolt ports. With the combination of SSD and Thunderbolt this drive is very fast. Using it to archive photos and mp3 files. It will be nice when larger capacities are available.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Simple and fast!

                  By Airton Skeleton

                  from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Sound Recording

                    Comments about LaCie 256GB Rugged USB 3.0 / Thunderbolt SSD:

                    I use this drive to record 32 tracks of audio in Pro Tools on a Macbook Pro with thunderbolt. Nice and easy! No problems so far. This thing is light, fast and silent. I also use it to mix in an iMac with USB 2. No problems there too! I'm loving it!

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Excellent!

                    By Serge

                    from Melbourne, Australia

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about LaCie 256GB Rugged USB 3.0 / Thunderbolt SSD:

                        I purchased this item as an alternative to installing an internal SSD in my 2011 iMac. I installed the system on the drive, transferred my user files, and restarted. The drive is super quick. The computer starts in a fraction of the time it takes from the internal hard drive. I have now been using it all day every day for the last two weeks, and it hasn't missed a beat. Everything is some much quicker, the computer feels more "snappy". It is excellent. The Thunderbolt connection coupled with the SSD works like a charm. I have an internal SSD in my MacBook Pro, and always wondered why the iMac was so much slower than the MBP, when it has a better processor, graphics card and more memory. Now with the Rugged, it is performing better than the MBP, as it should.

                        Excellent product!

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Works great!

                        By Mark

                        from Memphis, tn

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fast
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about LaCie 256GB Rugged USB 3.0 / Thunderbolt SSD:

                            Moved my music library in seconds. Really rugged case!

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            pure speed

                            By yoric

                            from las vegas

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Convenient Interface
                            • Fast
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Digital Photography
                              • Image Storage
                              • Image Transportation

                              Comments about LaCie 256GB Rugged USB 3.0 / Thunderbolt SSD:

                              All SSD Macbook Pro and this as external SSD storage what a combo

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Super fast ! More Secure !

                              By Pratley

                              from Sydney, Aus

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Convenient Interface
                              • Fast
                              • Lightweight
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Digital Capture
                                • Digital Photography
                                • Image Storage
                                • Image Transportation

                                Comments about LaCie 256GB Rugged USB 3.0 / Thunderbolt SSD:

                                Extremely impressed with the speed which is crucial for operating, perfect for backing up on the job ! The fact that it is a solid state minimises the risk of losing files even more then the standard HD models.

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