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3TB LaCie d2 Quadra with USB 3.0
 
4.4

(based on 92 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (67)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (64)
  • Easy to use (64)
  • Large capacity / good size (63)
  • Attractive (55)
  • Quiet (53)

Cons

  • Unreliable (6)

Best Uses

  • Back-up (56)
  • Additional storage (48)
  • Photo storage (46)
  • Video (41)
  • File transfer (27)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Power user (60), Casual user (18)
    • Primary use:
    • Business (55), Personal (27)
    • Computer Platform:
    • Mac (64), PC (18)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Love Lacie for Video Editing

I only use Lacie D2 external drives for my video editing and have for years. I have never had an problem with them as long as you eject every time. They are very fast...Read complete review

I only use Lacie D2 external drives for my video editing and have for years. I have never had an problem with them as long as you eject every time. They are very fast and can handle multiple steams of ProRes. These drives make the perfect companion for mobile editing with a MacBook Pro.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

3TB LaCie d2 Quadra falls asleep

I'm a long time LaCie user. I've been editing video professionally for many years. I own several 2TB d2 Quadras that have performed very well on the road for years. If necessary I...Read complete review

I'm a long time LaCie user. I've been editing video professionally for many years. I own several 2TB d2 Quadras that have performed very well on the road for years. If necessary I can even edit directly to them without a problem.

The 3TB drive is a nightmare. It goes to sleep and then will not wake up. It has locked up my entire system on many occasions. Calling LaCie for help was useless. I spent hours of my time trying to fix a new drive through their support. LaCie knows they shipped a bad batch of drives but does not want to bear the cost of fixing their mistake. Shame on them. Their final solution was for me to send in the drive at my expense and they would take a look. This is after I had to loaded data on the drive so I would need to but another drive to copy my files to. So how much money do they expect me to lose on this deal?

When your in a small business you don't have the luxury of large capital budgets. You have to make your money count. You need a company that's going to stand behind their products. When I think of the amount of billable time I spent trying to fix a new drive it angers me. It still falls asleep if left on and still will lock up my system. Anyone who edits video knows that can cause a lot of problems. I have to use it as store of old files and only turn it on when I have to. I chalk this up as a learning experience and warn anyone considering buying this unit.

Shame on LaCie for putting this on the backs of their customers.

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4.0

I have not had a LaCie drive fail

By Phil

from North Carolina

Verified Buyer

Comments about 3TB LaCie d2 Quadra with USB 3.0:

Hard to give a new item like this more than 4 stars as one never knows how long it will last. I have 2 of the 2TB versions of this Hard Drive and they both still work fine after 3 years or so.
I also have a couple of them stored away from home as backups (although I usually use the G Drives for large backups that I keep out of town as distant storage -- You're not really backed up if you're not storing some hard drives away from your home)

 
2.0

drive dies after 2+ years

By Sergio

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about 3TB LaCie d2 Quadra with USB 3.0:

I went through 3 Quadra drives, they all indefectively die after about 2 years of use. Which is even worst, LaCie tech support considers that as a normal life span of a drive. A cheaper WD drive has been used wihtout issues for 4+ years. Bottom line, this is not a reliable drive that you can trust to store your data.

 
5.0

Solid HD

By wvjp

from wdc

Verified Buyer

Comments about 3TB LaCie d2 Quadra with USB 3.0:

I got this LaCie because I could firewire daisy chain it with my older LaCie. Works just fine. I do not see any slow down in the chain. Do not have numbers to back this up however. I did not use any of the included software. Reformatted the whole drive for my Mac. Works like a champ. Plan to use the USB-3 when I upgrade computer.

I like this line of LaCie drives. This is my third one. The oldest one has been in service for ±10 years.

 
5.0

Great product

By gr

from Tenafly, NJ

Verified Buyer

Comments about 3TB LaCie d2 Quadra with USB 3.0:

I used the 3TB Lacie to increase the Time Machine back-up space. I changed from a 1TB Lacie. Ialso have a 2TB Lacie to store my pictures and movies. It's a great product and I have never had any problems with it.

 
3.0

It works okay.

By Steven

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about 3TB LaCie d2 Quadra with USB 3.0:

I use this product for my desktop Mac Pro. It is set to be my time machine hard drive. There was some problem setting it up with Time Machine, It had to be formatted multiple times. It does crash once in a while and I have to restart the Time Machine process. Good luck.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Reliable

By Andrew Faulkner

from San Rafael, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about 3TB LaCie d2 Quadra with USB 3.0:

I am writing this review based on MANY previous La Cie d2 hard drives I have purchased over a decade. I am a professional photographer and go through hard drives like candy. I use and use up a lot of hard drives and have bought several from other manufacturers, and always buy a second hard drive of each type to use as a backup. I recently did an inventory of the myriad drives that I have and found that, while other manufacturers have a fairly high failure rate, only one of my La Cie drives has broken down... and that is over almost a decade and a half of use. In particular I like the d2 enclosures because they have a variety of ports. So, as Apple has changed its mind whether it wants to use firewire, USB or whatever they decide to switch to exclusively next year, I can still connect with all my d2s. I can find cheaper drives, but I will always pay more for reliability and connectivity.

 
5.0

Great product

By Photo coordinator

from Fl

Verified Buyer

Comments about 3TB LaCie d2 Quadra with USB 3.0:

We use these drives in a professional setting for a large company. We regularly buy the same over and over again because of their fast transfer rate and durability. The LAcie warranty is also good. Only had to use it once in 10 years but the process was easy and they sent a new drive at no cost.

 
5.0

Nice, Sturdy and Quiet

By Greg Y

from Cincinnati

About Me Casual user

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about 3TB LaCie d2 Quadra with USB 3.0:

      Using this for storing and playing back music, since my bus-powered drive was running out of space. Nice sturdy aluminum case, and runs quietly.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac
       
      4.0

      What a great drive!

      By cleroy

      from NY, NY

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Additional Storage
        • Backup
        • File Transfer
        • Video

        Comments about 3TB LaCie d2 Quadra with USB 3.0:

        The last star I reserve because the documentation was not particularly complete and there's no reason for that. Still, I've had great luck with the LaCie drives in the past and this one looks to be no exception. A great deal of bang for the buck.

        • Computer Platform:
        • PC
         
        4.0

        Nice

        By Skinny B

        from Los Angeles, CA

        About Me Power user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about 3TB LaCie d2 Quadra with USB 3.0:

            I've used the 1TB version of this same drive for a couple years without any issues so I bought this one as a memory accompaniment.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Computer Platform:
            • Mac
             
            5.0

            Dependability Strongly Recommended

            By RJS

            from Seabrook Island, SC

            About Me Power user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Easy to use
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Additional Storage
              • Backup

              Comments about 3TB LaCie d2 Quadra with USB 3.0:

              Note: this is Mac and Time Machine compatible. I will agree with other reviewers: there's no point in having a back up disk that it is not fully reliable. Therefore, if you can afford the extra cost, this is definitely recommended, as supported by all the high ratings. I purchased this for Mac to back up with Time Machine, and (super scary) to wipe my primary start-up disk and do a full restore - no problems. I don't have USB 3.0, but Firewire 800 seems reasonably fast.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • Mac
               
              5.0

              MY TOP EXTERNAL DRIVE

              By BLUEFLASH

              from ESCONDIDO 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 3TB LaCie d2 Quadra with USB 3.0:

                BACK UP FOR ALL MY PHOTOS!

                • Primary use:
                • Business
                • Computer Platform:
                • PC
                 
                4.0

                Have had good luck with Lacie Drives

                By Cal W.

                from Boston, MA

                About Me Casual user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Sometimes A Little Bright

                Best Uses

                • Additional Storage
                • Backup
                • Photo Storage

                Comments about 3TB LaCie d2 Quadra with USB 3.0:

                Storage. I've had really good luck with lacie drives. have had several Quadra, and 1 Raid. only lost one after old age...., but had multiple backups so...

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Computer Platform:
                • Mac
                 
                5.0

                Reliable

                By Rabbit

                from New York

                About Me Casual user

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Compact
                • Easy to use
                • High Capacity
                • Portable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Additional Storage
                  • Backup
                  • Photo Storage
                  • Video

                  Comments about 3TB LaCie d2 Quadra with USB 3.0:

                  This has been my go to drive in my production career. its very reliable and strong. It can take a beating without losing the data.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac
                   
                  5.0

                  3TB LaCie Review

                  By Jimbo

                  from Roanoke, VA

                  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
                    • Photo Storage
                    • Video

                    Comments about 3TB LaCie d2 Quadra with USB 3.0:

                    I use it as a backup drive. It is easy to use and I've use these in my job. I have over 10 drives at work and they are over 5 years old and still working. Perfect size for freelancer or just backing up you Mac or PC.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • Mac
                     
                    5.0

                    I love La Cie

                    By Phoenix

                    from Newport, RI

                    Verified Buyer

                    Comments about 3TB LaCie d2 Quadra with USB 3.0:

                    The best. I have been using for over a decade now. This is my third set. Up to 3tb now. Sturdy...my last set even lasted a minor flood in my office....EVERYTHING was there. Amazing drives and worth the extra cost. Hard drives are not something to mess around with. Get the best ones. In my opinion, La Cie is the Queen of storage.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • Mac
                     
                    5.0

                    I Love It

                    By fjbenton

                    from Covington Ga

                    About Me Power user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Photo Storage
                      • Video

                      Comments about 3TB LaCie d2 Quadra with USB 3.0:

                      I take a lot of videos and I bought the same model a couple years ago. I just love it!!!

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • Mac
                       
                      5.0

                      Great so far

                      By eh

                      from Providence, RI

                      About Me Casual user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Additional Storage
                        • Backup
                        • Photo Storage
                        • Video

                        Comments about 3TB LaCie d2 Quadra with USB 3.0:

                        I have bought many Lacie hard drives over the years and have had no issues. I bought this product a few weeks ago, it's great so far. I purchased this one mainly because of it's multiple kinds of ports: firewire, USB 3.0 etc. I needed a drive that I could easily connect to older and newer devices without purchasing a bunch of adapters. The set-up was super quick and easy - it was ready to go out of the box. An easy to use, easily adaptable device.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • Mac
                         
                        5.0

                        Works well. Fast

                        By Pen Name

                        from Indianapolis

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Additional Storage

                            Comments about 3TB LaCie d2 Quadra with USB 3.0:

                            I use it for images and back up on my mac. Seems to work well.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • Mac
                             
                            5.0

                            Good start so far

                            By PStu

                            from DC-area

                            About Me Casual user

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Backup
                              • Photo Storage

                              Comments about 3TB LaCie d2 Quadra with USB 3.0:

                              This drive set up easily, and I was able to partition it for Time Machine and separate media storage for my iMac. It looks very stylish on the desk and can be set up flat or on edge. It was one of the few drives available that still works with a FireWire connection, which my 2009 iMac has.

                              Key test will be whether it is still working flawlessly for years, like my 1 TB Western Digital did.

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

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