LaCie 5TB Porsche Design USB-C Desktop Hard Drive

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  • Overview

    The LaCie Porsche Design USB-C Desktop Drive melds forward-thinking LaCie technology with impeccable style from Porsche Design. Offering reversible USB-C connectivity with speeds up to 5 Gb/s for rapid backups, it's compatible with the latest MacBook as well as Macs and PCs that have USB 3.0 ports. The drive also delivers the ultimate convenience of powering and charging your MacBook with USB-C port via the single USB-C cable that simultaneously gives you access to the drive. A minimalist, all-aluminium enclosure eliminates extra weight, yet feels pleasantly sturdy and substantial.

    Highlights

    Reversible USB-C connectivity as well as compatibility with USB 3.0 ports

    High capacity with 5TB of available storage

    Delivers speeds of up to 5 Gb/s

    Sturdy all aluminium enclosure

    Did You Notice?

    A single USB-C cable can power your MacBook and the drive simultaneously.

    Apple Recommends For

    Quickly storing photos, music and data from your Mac via a USB-C or USB 3.0 port.

    What’s in the Box

    LaCie Porsche Design USB-C Desktop Hard Drive

    Power supply

    USB-C cable

    USB-C to USB-A cable

    Quick install guide

    Tech Specs

    Other Features: Time Machine compatible

    Connections: USB C

    Power Source: External power supply

    Height: 3.9 cm/1.54 in.

    Length: 17.8 cm/7.01 in.

    Width: 12.3 cm/4.84 in.

    Weight: 0.87 kg

    System Requirements

    Operating System: Mac OS X v10.5 or later, Windows 7 or later

    Manufacturer Information

    Part Number

    Mfr. Part Number: STFE5000101

    UPC or EAN No.: 763649089934

    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.

    Warranty: Two-year limited

  • 3.0 Average
    3 out of 5 stars
    Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
    • 3.0 out of 5 stars

      Manufacturer states not recommended for use with Airport Extreme

      Bought this hard drive to use with Time Machine for two Macs through an Airport Extreme WiFi connection, but every few days the drive shuts down and can't be re Bought this hard drive to use with Time Machine for two Macs through an Airport Extreme WiFi connection, but every few days the drive shuts down and can't be revived without unplugging. To my amateur eye, the drive seems to be entering a sleep state and not waking up again, or possibly is having a USB-C to Ap Extreme issue. After exchanging two emails with Seagate (i.e. LaCie) Support, the rep stated that the drive isn't recommended for any use except a direct connection to a PC or Mac and also suggested that even with a direct connection power saving for hard drives may need to be turned off - an odd recommendation since the LaCie Desktop Manager shipped with the drive recommends turning on sleep mode in system preferences. The moral of the story is, don't buy it for use with an Airport Extreme and be sure it's working with the power savings settings you desire with your particular Mac before the return period expires. The relevant quotes from Seagate's reply: "Please be informed that, Seagate drives are not recommendable to use it with any devices rather than windows PC and MAC. As you states that you are using this drive in Airport Extreme, we suggest you to try connecting the drive directly with the MAC and check whether the issue is getting resolved. If the issue exists, try connecting the drive directly with MAC, format it and and follow the below steps to change the energy power option.***On the System Preferences screen, click on the "Energy Saver" icon (it looks like a compact fluorescent light bulb)***And Uncheck the "Put the hard disk(s) to sleep when possible".

      • Written by Carleton E from Beverly Hills

      48 of 64 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Manufacturer states not recommended for use with Airport Extreme

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      So pretty. Better than the last one.

      What I like most about this drive is it's extremely nice to look at. It's fairly minimal design with gentle curves is easy on the eye and looks great on a desk, What I like most about this drive is it's extremely nice to look at. It's fairly minimal design with gentle curves is easy on the eye and looks great on a desk, especially with other Apple products. The two tone metal is very nice and the bit of shine that the polished aluminum has is one of my favorite touches. The entire body is aluminum and while the bottom, side and top peices don't seem to be a single piece of metal, they are all joined together very tightly. I know I was curious and tried to open the the with two large suction cups to see the quality of the hard drive that comes with the drive. I do wish I could open it somehow as my other one is about 5 years old and still running well (knock on wood though since its head makes a little old man sound when it turns off). I was initially confused by one feature and thought that a laptop could power the hd via USB-c (Thunderbolt 3) and require no other power essentially making it portable but it turns out that the hard drive actually is able to power a laptop. I have a 2016 15" MacBook Pro but assume it works with any Thunderbolt 3-ready device. This is actually more useful than I realized because it frees up one connection to use for anything else since I have a lot of external devices typically attached. The Thunderbolt 3 cable is high quality and nice and thick compared to other Thunderbolt 3 cables I have which which I'm assuming indicates extra shielding for the wiring, reducing crosstalk. The great thing about Thunderbolt 3 is it's all uniform so the cables are conveintely interchangeable and this drive works with any generic USB C cable. I've never felt the aluminum get warm and doubt I ever will since there's at least twice as much Al as the older models. It also is nice and smooth like the aluminum on MacBooks and doesn't feel like you're touching a piece of steel wool or have sharp pointy corners like the previous model did. The only thing I do not understand is the rating of 5gb/s data "hypothetical" transfer. It's really more like 25-75 mb/s. Even considering this bit of marketing magic, it's no catfish.

      • Written by Daniel C from Los Angeles

      11 of 14 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?So pretty. Better than the last one.

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Dead after two weeks

      Bought this two weeks ago. Backed up a couple of TB onto it the day after purchase. The thing sat on my desk for two weeks and has just died on me. Buy somethi Bought this two weeks ago. Backed up a couple of TB onto it the day after purchase. The thing sat on my desk for two weeks and has just died on me. Buy something else.

      • Written by Nigel M from London

      8 of 11 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Dead after two weeks

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Dead after two weeks

      Bought this two weeks ago. Backed up a couple of TB onto it the day after purchase. The thing sat on my desk for two weeks and has just died on me. Buy somethi Bought this two weeks ago. Backed up a couple of TB onto it the day after purchase. The thing sat on my desk for two weeks and has just died on me. Buy something else.

      • Written by Nigel M from London

      8 of 11 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Dead after two weeks

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      So pretty. Better than the last one.

      What I like most about this drive is it's extremely nice to look at. It's fairly minimal design with gentle curves is easy on the eye and looks great on a desk, What I like most about this drive is it's extremely nice to look at. It's fairly minimal design with gentle curves is easy on the eye and looks great on a desk, especially with other Apple products. The two tone metal is very nice and the bit of shine that the polished aluminum has is one of my favorite touches. The entire body is aluminum and while the bottom, side and top peices don't seem to be a single piece of metal, they are all joined together very tightly. I know I was curious and tried to open the the with two large suction cups to see the quality of the hard drive that comes with the drive. I do wish I could open it somehow as my other one is about 5 years old and still running well (knock on wood though since its head makes a little old man sound when it turns off). I was initially confused by one feature and thought that a laptop could power the hd via USB-c (Thunderbolt 3) and require no other power essentially making it portable but it turns out that the hard drive actually is able to power a laptop. I have a 2016 15" MacBook Pro but assume it works with any Thunderbolt 3-ready device. This is actually more useful than I realized because it frees up one connection to use for anything else since I have a lot of external devices typically attached. The Thunderbolt 3 cable is high quality and nice and thick compared to other Thunderbolt 3 cables I have which which I'm assuming indicates extra shielding for the wiring, reducing crosstalk. The great thing about Thunderbolt 3 is it's all uniform so the cables are conveintely interchangeable and this drive works with any generic USB C cable. I've never felt the aluminum get warm and doubt I ever will since there's at least twice as much Al as the older models. It also is nice and smooth like the aluminum on MacBooks and doesn't feel like you're touching a piece of steel wool or have sharp pointy corners like the previous model did. The only thing I do not understand is the rating of 5gb/s data "hypothetical" transfer. It's really more like 25-75 mb/s. Even considering this bit of marketing magic, it's no catfish.

      • Written by Daniel C from Los Angeles

      11 of 14 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?So pretty. Better than the last one.

    • 3.0 out of 5 stars

      Environmentally atrocious, and what's 'LaCie Setup'?!

      I've just opened the box and thrown away 3 power supplies with plugs for other parts of the world. A quarter of a kilo of metal and plastic, straight in the bin I've just opened the box and thrown away 3 power supplies with plugs for other parts of the world. A quarter of a kilo of metal and plastic, straight in the bin. What an atrocious waste of resources. I'm amazed Apple let this one through. I get round to plugging it in, the disk mounts, and the first thing I see is 'LaCie Setup.app'. The readme.txt says it "must be launched" before using my drive. Riiiiight. With no intention to actually go through with the install, yet too curious not to find out, I launch it. First thing it does is ask for admin authentication! "LaCie Setup wants to make changes." I bet it does! But, you must be joking. What's it going to do?! I'm sure it's benign, but there's no way I'm laying my fingerprint on the sensor for you, buddy. Not an amazing out-of-the-box experience. Very pretty enclosure, though, and I'm sure it functions just fine as an actual hard drive.

      • Written by John N from Fitzroy

      3 of 10 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Environmentally atrocious, and what's 'LaCie Setup'?!

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