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LaCie Mobile Drive 5TB External Hard Drive USB-C USB 3.0

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LaCie Mobile Drive

LaCie Mobile Drive

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Introducing our next generation of hard drive design

LaCie Mobile Drive. Sleek Design. Lavish Space.

Featuring a unique diamond cut design.

Premium data storage in two compact form factors.

Slim and transportable. Two designs only 10mm and 20mm thick

Sturdy and reliable. All-aluminum design

Fast file transfers. USB-C compatible with PC and Mac

Robust Capacity. Up to 5TB of data storage

LaCie Mobile Drive. Sleek Design. Lavish Space.

  • Overview

    LaCie’s Mobile Hard Drive delivers the space you need for photos, playlists, docs and more. It also gives you Mac, Windows, USB-C and USB 3.0 compatibility for easy, flexible access. One-click or automatic backup makes file storage smooth, and LaCie’s 30th-anniversary diamond-cut design has an edge like no other.

    Highlights

    High-capacity portable external hard drive for on-the-go creative projects

    Works with Mac and Windows systems out of the box

    Connects via USB-C for high-speed data transfers

    Offers USB 3.0 cable for connectivity to legacy computers

    Slim, travel-friendly design

    Comes with easy-to-use software for customisable backup

    Includes one-month membership to Adobe Creative Cloud All Apps plan

    What’s in the Box

    LaCie Mobile Drive

    USB-C cable

    USB 3.0 cable

    Quick start guide

    LaCie Toolkit: backup and mirroring software

    Tech Specs

    Connections: USB, USB-C

    Power Source: Bus Powered, USB

    Height: 12.17 cm/4.79 in.

    Width: 8.79 cm/3.46 in.

    Depth: 1 cm/0.39 in.

    Weight: 200 g/7.05 oz.

    System Requirements

    Operating System: MacOS 10.12 or later, Windows 10 or later

    Requirements Other: 600MB minimum free drive space

    Manufacturer Information

    Part Number

    Mfr. Part Number: STHG5000402

    UPC or EAN No.: 763649130650

    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

  • Mac Models

  • 2.5 Average
    2 out of 5 stars
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    • 4.0 out of 5 stars

      It's a portable hard drive: works as desired, while looking nice.

      As title says, it's pretty much like any other portable hard drive. Being LaCie, the internal drive is a Seagate one (they own the LaCie company). Works as expe As title says, it's pretty much like any other portable hard drive. Being LaCie, the internal drive is a Seagate one (they own the LaCie company). Works as expected. Hardware... - Speed: ~140 read/write, via Blackmagic Disk Speed Test. Tested fresh-out-the-box/empty, formatted as it arrives (ExFAT), AND again after using the included Toolkit app (see more info below) to reformat into HFS+. The included Toolkit app advises Mac users they'll get better speed if HFS+formatted, but TBH I saw no difference before and after. (remember that later-on, as HDDs fill, they can slow down, especially with only ~20% of drive space left on them. So you may get slower speeds on all HDDs later, as you fill them up). - Noise: Quiet, like most portable HDDs. - Heat: Not hot, just warm, pretty much like most portable HDDs. - Cables: You get two separate black ones, each 50cm (20-inch), one is USB-C-to-USB-C, one is USB-C-to-USB-A. Interestingly they both have the "USB SS 10" logo on them, implying they work at gen.2 10Gbps speed rather then the 5Gbps speed of gen.1 (but in reality, this means nothing, as these spinning HDDs never get anywhere ~1 GByte/s you'd get on a high-end SSD or a large disk RAID array! So ignore it.) For comparison, WD's newest portables typically give you a single USB-C-to-USB-C cable, with an additional USB-C-to-USB-A adapter "head" in the box (which, strangely, isn't supposed to be possible under USB-IF guidelines, only the other way around A-into-C. So that's weird, lol!). - Format: Comes in ExFAT (suitable for Win and Mac). Though the "Toolkit" software will advise Mac users to reformat into HFS+ (not APFS format; because AFAIK, externally connected drives are not recommended to use it yet, and/or offer little advantage for externally connected HDD's anyway.) - Volume size: At 5TB, this is currently the largest size generally available of portable HDD, so is very decent if you need 5TBs (WD only offer 4TB max, at time of writing), and especially given portable SSD's typically stop at 2TB for around 1.5 times the price of this, obviously giving you good storage size value at the loss of SSD-type speeds. - Design: This is really where this one is a winner, IMO. If you care a bit about things having a pleasing aesthetic while you are using them, then this just may be for you. I like the way LaCie here have done the interesting diamond cut design on both the edges and corners. And being metal, similar to Apple's stuff (hence their Space Grey exclusive colour!), it has a quality feel. I bought the Space Grey 5TB version, the other colour being obviously silver (Moon Silver to be precise) to match Apple's aesthetics, but there are ones in TB sizes 1/2/4/5 to fit ones need (although the 1TB model is only available in the silver not grey). - Warranty: 2-year limited hardware warranty. Software/services included... - "Toolkit": Syncs files between mirrored folders on your computer and portable drives. - "Seagate Rescue plan": AFAICT, you don't get even 1yr included, instead they are offering this as upgrade options (10 USD/2yrs or 15 USD/3yrs), quote: 'Purchase to gain peace of mind knowing your files are protected even when a device fails. In the event of a drive crash, virus or failure your data can be retrieved at no extra cost!' - Adobe Creative Cloud, All Apps: You get 1 month subscription free of Adobe's "All Apps" plan level, for you to trial as many as you want within the month. When setting up the drive, it'll walk you through getting it and you'll need to give them your card info in order to do so -- you may want to unsubscribe straight away, if you think you will forget to do so a month later! (AFAIU, current CC users may be able to add the month to an existing plan?). So that's it really. Now go and buy one!

      • Written by James S from London

      44 of 47 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?It's a portable hard drive: works as desired, while looking nice.

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      HORRIBLE

      Drive broke within 2 months of use, had to pay $500 to get my data recovered.

      • Written by Caroline W from Brookline

      33 of 40 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?HORRIBLE

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      HORRIBLE

      Drive broke within 2 months of use, had to pay $500 to get my data recovered.

      • Written by Caroline W from Brookline

      33 of 40 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?HORRIBLE

    • 4.0 out of 5 stars

      It's a portable hard drive: works as desired, while looking nice.

      As title says, it's pretty much like any other portable hard drive. Being LaCie, the internal drive is a Seagate one (they own the LaCie company). Works as expe As title says, it's pretty much like any other portable hard drive. Being LaCie, the internal drive is a Seagate one (they own the LaCie company). Works as expected. Hardware... - Speed: ~140 read/write, via Blackmagic Disk Speed Test. Tested fresh-out-the-box/empty, formatted as it arrives (ExFAT), AND again after using the included Toolkit app (see more info below) to reformat into HFS+. The included Toolkit app advises Mac users they'll get better speed if HFS+formatted, but TBH I saw no difference before and after. (remember that later-on, as HDDs fill, they can slow down, especially with only ~20% of drive space left on them. So you may get slower speeds on all HDDs later, as you fill them up). - Noise: Quiet, like most portable HDDs. - Heat: Not hot, just warm, pretty much like most portable HDDs. - Cables: You get two separate black ones, each 50cm (20-inch), one is USB-C-to-USB-C, one is USB-C-to-USB-A. Interestingly they both have the "USB SS 10" logo on them, implying they work at gen.2 10Gbps speed rather then the 5Gbps speed of gen.1 (but in reality, this means nothing, as these spinning HDDs never get anywhere ~1 GByte/s you'd get on a high-end SSD or a large disk RAID array! So ignore it.) For comparison, WD's newest portables typically give you a single USB-C-to-USB-C cable, with an additional USB-C-to-USB-A adapter "head" in the box (which, strangely, isn't supposed to be possible under USB-IF guidelines, only the other way around A-into-C. So that's weird, lol!). - Format: Comes in ExFAT (suitable for Win and Mac). Though the "Toolkit" software will advise Mac users to reformat into HFS+ (not APFS format; because AFAIK, externally connected drives are not recommended to use it yet, and/or offer little advantage for externally connected HDD's anyway.) - Volume size: At 5TB, this is currently the largest size generally available of portable HDD, so is very decent if you need 5TBs (WD only offer 4TB max, at time of writing), and especially given portable SSD's typically stop at 2TB for around 1.5 times the price of this, obviously giving you good storage size value at the loss of SSD-type speeds. - Design: This is really where this one is a winner, IMO. If you care a bit about things having a pleasing aesthetic while you are using them, then this just may be for you. I like the way LaCie here have done the interesting diamond cut design on both the edges and corners. And being metal, similar to Apple's stuff (hence their Space Grey exclusive colour!), it has a quality feel. I bought the Space Grey 5TB version, the other colour being obviously silver (Moon Silver to be precise) to match Apple's aesthetics, but there are ones in TB sizes 1/2/4/5 to fit ones need (although the 1TB model is only available in the silver not grey). - Warranty: 2-year limited hardware warranty. Software/services included... - "Toolkit": Syncs files between mirrored folders on your computer and portable drives. - "Seagate Rescue plan": AFAICT, you don't get even 1yr included, instead they are offering this as upgrade options (10 USD/2yrs or 15 USD/3yrs), quote: 'Purchase to gain peace of mind knowing your files are protected even when a device fails. In the event of a drive crash, virus or failure your data can be retrieved at no extra cost!' - Adobe Creative Cloud, All Apps: You get 1 month subscription free of Adobe's "All Apps" plan level, for you to trial as many as you want within the month. When setting up the drive, it'll walk you through getting it and you'll need to give them your card info in order to do so -- you may want to unsubscribe straight away, if you think you will forget to do so a month later! (AFAIU, current CC users may be able to add the month to an existing plan?). So that's it really. Now go and buy one!

      • Written by James S from London

      44 of 47 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?It's a portable hard drive: works as desired, while looking nice.

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