LaCie 500GB, 7200 rpm Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive

LaCie 500GB, 7200 rpm Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive

LaCie 500GB, 7200 rpm 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 130 MB/s
  • 4' Maximum Drop Height
  • LaCie Private-Public Software
  • Automatic Backup
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LaCie Mini overview

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The LaCie Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive provides 500GB, 7200 rpm 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 4' (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 supports a maximum theoretical transfer rate of up to 5Gb/s. When it comes to rpm, 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.

General Features

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
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)
In the Box
LaCie 500GB, 7200 rpm Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive
  • Micro-USB 3.1 Gen 1 to USB Type-A Cable
  • Complete Software Suite
  • Quick Install Guide
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    LaCie Mini specs

    Storage Capacity 500 GB
    Connection Interface 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (USB Micro-B)
    Maximum Read Speed 130 MB/s
    Internal Drive
    Type Hard Disk Drive
    Rotational Speed 7200 rpm
    External Enclosure
    Bus Power USB
    Dimensions (L x W x H) 5.3 x 3.4 x 0.7" / 13.5 x 8.6 x 1.9 cm
    Weight 0.5 lb / 0.2 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.7 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.25 x 5.0 x 1.5"

    LaCie Mini reviews

    500GB, 7200 rpm Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 53.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from DOES work with MacBook Pro Retina This DOES work just fine on my MacBook Pro with Retina display running OS X Mountain Lion. Yes, when you plug it in the Lacie Setup Assistant does not work so you cannot open the drive, but all you have to do (per Lacie's website regarding compatibility) is go to Utilities, DIsk Utility, then click on the disk and choose Erase on the right to format the drive. This turns it into just a regular external hard drive and I can transfer files to/from it just fine, and very quickly. OS X recognizes the drives as external and offers you the choice of using it as a backup device.
    Date published: 2012-08-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very handy 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.
    Date published: 2014-08-01
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Still trying to figure it out! 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!
    Date published: 2013-06-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cable connector NOT proprietary 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.
    Date published: 2013-04-09
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from WAIT - this doesn't work with Retina MBP Just opened a ticket with Lacie and will update if this is resolved. I bought this drive to back-up my new MBP using time machine over the USB 3.0 port. Cannot install using Lacie installer because system is not compatible with non-PowerPC chipset???? You must be kidding. Also, every time I connected this drive to the USB 3.0 port my Retina MBP dropped my Wi-fi connection and all visible wi-fi networks disappeared. When I disconnect the Lacie drive all wi-fi networks reappeared and connection was restored. I reproduced this several times while filling out the service ticket to Lacie. This problem does not occur with USB 3.0 thumb drives or other USB 2.0 drives, just the Lacie.
    Date published: 2012-07-09
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Rugged exterior, delicate connections LaCie Rugged is as convenient, compact and reliable as expected, with the added bonus of being able to take a few good knocks (as filmmakers, we toss these in backpacks and luggage for round-the-world trips to deserts and tropical jungles alike ... so far, so good). My only complaint, and it's a fairly significant one, is that the cable connectors on both ends are VERY sensitive. I've had the drive disconnect from the computer on several occasions from both the computer end and the drive end. Very frustrating when you're working on a plane and balancing the drive in your lap and trying not to jiggle the cord loose. Intend to try with other cables, but the one out of the box should work securely and my experience is that it doesn't.
    Date published: 2015-01-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2012-02-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Drive...7200rpm !!!! (Music Recording Studio) This is a great drive!!!! 7200 rpm on an external drive is what is needed for production work. Specifically purchased this for keeping sounds and sample on to take stress off the main drive, when accessing sounds and samples. Perfect for recording studio and music production work. Set up was easy, not plug and play, but instructions and on screen prompts were clear and the setup options were easily understandable. And it's portable. Seems quite rugged, as the name implies. Definitely would purchase this drive again.
    Date published: 2017-05-08
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