LaCie 500GB Rugged SSD Portable Hard Drive - Thunderbolt & USB 3.0

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  • Overview

    LaCie's Rugged Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 solid-state drive ensures that your projects aren't delayed by external drive/computer incompatibility. With both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt ports, you don't have to comprise between durability, mobility and speed. And because USB 3.0 is backwards compatible, you can connect it to any standard computer. The integrated Thunderbolt cable also stows away neatly when not in use, so you'll never lose it.

    No-compromise speed

    Get super-fast transfer speeds thanks to the USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt ports. Thanks to its SSD design, the Rugged delivers up to 387 MB/s, so you can back up and transfer mountains of data in a fraction of the time.

    All-terrain data protection

    The Rugged is MIL-compliant for superior data protection from accidental drops up to two metres. Whether it falls off your desk or out of your jacket pocket, you can be confident that your data is still accessible. This SSD version goes a step further for the ultimate in resilience against vibration and shock. It's 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.

    About Thunderbolt

    Thunderbolt is a revolutionary I/O technology that supports high-resolution displays and high-performance data devices via one simple port and a cable that carries both DisplayPort and PCI Express data. And it’s standard on every Mac.

    PCI Express is the technology that links all the high-performance components in a Mac. And it’s built into Thunderbolt, which means you can get PCI Express speed outside the box.

    Thunderbolt gives you up to 10 Gbps in both directions, allowing for super-fast data transfer between peripherals. You also have enough bandwidth to daisy-chain multiple high-speed devices without using a hub or switch.

    Thunderbolt also provides double the power of USB 3.0, delivering 10 watts to peripherals for improved performance on the go.

    Highlights

    Integrated Thunderbolt cable

    Thunderbolt speeds of up to 387 MB/s

    Bus-powered for complete mobility

    Shock-, dust- and water-resistant

    Did You Notice?

    Conveniently bus-powered, this drive also includes both Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 cables.

    Apple Recommends For

    Keeping your Mac's valuable data safe wherever you travel – no matter how difficult the conditions.

    What’s in the Box

    LaCie SSD Rugged Thunderbolt Drive with integrated Thunderbolt cable

    USB 3.0 cable (USB 2.0 compatible)

    Quick-install guide

    Removable cover

    Tech Specs

    Other Features: Data Encryption, Time Machine compatible

    Connections: Thunderbolt, USB 3

    Power Source: Bus Powered

    Height: 2.4 cm/1 in.

    Length: 14 cm/5.5 in.

    Width: 8.9 cm/3.5 in.

    Weight: 280 g/9.88 oz.

    Manufacturer Information

    Part Number

    Mfr. Part Number: 9000491

    UPC or EAN No.: 763649087107

    Warranty

    Note: Products sold through this website that do not bear the Apple Brand name are serviced and supported exclusively by their manufacturers in accordance with terms and conditions packaged with the products. Apple’s Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Please contact the manufacturer directly for technical support and customer service.

    Manufacturer Note

    Mac operating system: OS X 10.6.8 or laterPC operating system: Latest version of Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8

  • 4.0 Average
    4 out of 5 stars
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    • 4.0 out of 5 stars

      Impressive

      Pleased with performance of this drive. It is the fastest external drive I've ever owned. The slowness of my already-owned external drives was motivation for Pleased with performance of this drive. It is the fastest external drive I've ever owned. The slowness of my already-owned external drives was motivation for purchase. I've had many LaCie products in the past and they've all been good, so I went ahead and did it. My computer is iMac; 21,5"; Late 2012; 3.1MHz Intel Core i7; 16gb ram; 512gb SSD. With TB connection used, BlackMagic test shows R385/W336mbps. Actual measured copy/paste file transfer speed about 293mbps for 160gb mixed-data transfer. (text, photos, movies) TimeMachine backup speed slower, about 150mbps. USB3 connection same performance. FWIW...that's FAST for consumer-level device. Not quite as fast as internal transfer using computer's own SSD, but closer than I expected. Caution...I strongly suspect that if you don't have internal SSD or USB3 or Thunderbolt connection, there will not be any advantage for you. The drive itself, and the cables supplied are up to the task but if your own internals aren't, you're not going to get the speed you're hoping for. No consumer-level spinning drive will transfer data this fast. This is expensive storage. I need the speed, so paid the price. If you don't need/want speed, there are MUCH less expensive alternatives.

      • Written by PHILIP F from TUCSON

      30 of 31 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Impressive

    • 2.0 out of 5 stars

      Great product, but cable disconnects

      The drive is great, small, fast and sturdy, but one issue that's really a pain : the USB cable easily disconnects from the drive's USB port. The issue seems t The drive is great, small, fast and sturdy, but one issue that's really a pain : the USB cable easily disconnects from the drive's USB port. The issue seems to be the rubber protection, as it does not allow the plug to get properly in the USB port. Hence, it gets easily disconnected. Really annoying !!! Haven't tried with the thunderbolt port, cause I use for both MAC and PC.

      • Written by Sami S from Dubai

      21 of 25 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Great product, but cable disconnects

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      FAST! Highly Recommended

      I own the 250GB and 500GB versions of this drive and love them both. I can edit photo and video quickly and easily. It's so fast, it's as if the files live on m I own the 250GB and 500GB versions of this drive and love them both. I can edit photo and video quickly and easily. It's so fast, it's as if the files live on my internal SSD in my MBP. So far, very reliable. Highly recommended. The thunderbolt/usb connections are reasonably secure, but the feel of plugging it in doesn't live up to the rugged aesthetic the unit has going for it.

      • Written by Tyler D from Calgary

      15 of 16 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?FAST! Highly Recommended

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      very fast and durable SSD w/ redundant connections

      i also have the 256GB version of this (SSD) and the 1TB hard drive version (lacie rugged). the SSD versions are much faster than the hard drive versions, but n i also have the 256GB version of this (SSD) and the 1TB hard drive version (lacie rugged). the SSD versions are much faster than the hard drive versions, but not just a little, a lot. i suspect they use less power also, if you are going for laptop battery power conservation. if you are getting this for work, get the SSD, it is worth the time saving even tho extra cost. it is very painful to boot & run a mac w/ the newer OS levels from the hard drive versions of this product, but booting from this extern SSD is awesome using thunderbolt. also you can copy a whole macbook 256MB like with disk clone ("restore" in apple disk utility) to backup a snapshot of your system in a few minutes with this product. when my 256GB SSD drive filled up, i got the 500GB SSD. the thunderbolt conn is made of soft metal so if you accidentally pull it sideways too much when it is plugged in, the connector will bend. but otherwise, the connection seems more stable than a USB which often seemed to auto-disconnect at inconvenient times, which is why i moved over to thunderbolt. i need Some sort of reliable connection... it is kind of heavy and large but i have tried samsung t1 USB SSD (eventually wouldnt even be recognized by ElCapitan, cant get data off of it) and sandisk 480 (connector pulled off internal circuit board after a short time, cant get data off it), and these lacies are the only ones doing the job for me. the others were very fast but had critical flaws that made them unusable after a short time. i dont do this to boost lacie or drag down the others, but you'd think that you could use a solid state drive for at least a year without problems. if you're using it for work, you can't afford data loss and bad connections. lacie, for the win. also if one connection does go bad, you can use the "other" (e.g. it has usb and TB ports separately)

      • Written by apple U

      Is this review useful?very fast and durable SSD w/ redundant connections

    • 3.0 out of 5 stars

      Thunderbolt connector easily damaged

      I bought one of these for a friend of mine. Unfortunately, she dropped it. And the weight of the drive damaged the connector. Two problems: 1) the connecto I bought one of these for a friend of mine. Unfortunately, she dropped it. And the weight of the drive damaged the connector. Two problems: 1) the connector didn't attach to the computer tight enough and 2) the connector is delicate for an on-the-go drive and is not easily repairable. You can't just pop in a new Thunderbolt cable. So you're stuck with the USB 3.0. Might as well just buy a USB 3.0 external SSD drive with a higher storage space, maybe even with a type C connector. Then if the connector becomes damaged, just pop in a new one.

      • Written by James N from San Francisco

      1 of 1 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Thunderbolt connector easily damaged

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Great With Mac

      As my Macbook Pro was only 256GB I was running out of space as a development machine. I had a windows vm running on Parallels which also was taking a lot of sp As my Macbook Pro was only 256GB I was running out of space as a development machine. I had a windows vm running on Parallels which also was taking a lot of space. I tried some standard drives and always had problems either with speed or weird things happening with trash or things just not working and crashing. I got this drive which comes with an app to encrypt the drive. I encrypted half the drive to use for any sensitive data and ther other half moved my Parallels VM on. I have been using this now for around 4 months and have had no problems whatsoever, runs great, noticed no difference running the vm off this as opposed to running directly on Mac. Just what I needed and now have plenty of space. Overall, nice rigged piece of kit. Been running this from the Thunderbolt cable

      • Written by Gary L from Manchester

      10 of 10 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Great With Mac

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