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Portable hard drives are great because they allow you to walk around with a terabyte of data in your shirt pocket. But hard drives are delicate devices, they break easily when dropped and a terabyte of data is a terrible thing to lose. That’s why LaCie’s rugged portable hard drives are life—and data—savers.
Built to take a licking, LaCie’s rugged hard drives feature impact-cushioned, rubber-clad housings to protect the shock-mounted hard drives inside. The rugged case is designed to resist damage from drops up to 2.2 meters. You can get these drives in various capacities and with various interfaces, depending on your needs.
LaCie’s most cutting-edge rugged hard drive features a USB 3.0 interface and 7200rpm rotation speed. It’s quite likely that you don’t even have a computer yet that has a USB 3.0 interface. Fortunately USB 3.0 is backward compatible with USB 2.0, so you can buy the drive now, use it with whatever computer you have, and be able to take advantage of the super-fast USB 3.0 interface when you finally get a computer that has the same interface. If you want to add USB 3.0 to your current computer then you’ll have to install a USB 3.0 adapter card.
If you are fortunate enough to already own a computer with a USB 3.0 interface, then more power to you because you can immediately take advantage of sustained data transfer rates of up to 110MB/s. The drive is bus powered, so you don’t need an AC adapter, and it comes with the required USB cable. You also get a complete software bundle for easy formatting and backup. The rugged USB 3.0 portable hard drives are available in capacities of 500GB, 750GB and 1TB.
If you use FireWire more often than USB, you’re in luck because LaCie makes the same basic drive with a 5400rpm and a triple interface: FireWire-800, FireWire-400, and USB 2.0. Backup software for Mac and Windows is included. The triple interface drive is available with capacities of 320GB and 500GB.
Portable hard drives are generally not very secure; if you lose one, whoever finds it can access the data. That’s why LaCie makes a Safe version of its rugged hard drive. LaCie’s Rugged Safe Hard Drive features a biometric fingerprint reader that provides secure access for to up to 10 users with 128-bit AES hardware encryption for full data protection. Anyone whose fingerprint hasn’t been registered with the drive simply cannot get at the data stored on it. The Rugged Safe drive features FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 interfaces, they’re available in 500GB and 1TB capacities and you can purchase rugged sleeves in different colors, separately.