• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    An external power supply, REALLY?

    • Written by Stacey E from Saugerties

    I just upgraded from the 2TB version because, as a photographer who carries her entire photo archive with her, I ran out of portable storage and needed more. I was a bit stunned to discover that the 4TB external hard-drive does NOT function without being plugged into a power source. SERIOUSLY? In addition, the cord is SO SHORT, I need an extension cord to access a power supply unless I plan to sit on the floor and work next to an outlet. In this age of living untethered and needing to carry LESS, I now have to carry the LaCie power cord AND an extension cord in my traveling kit. Glad to have the extra space, but THOROUGHLY DISAPPOINTED at the necessary peripherals that go along with the upgrade.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don’t Buy This Product

    • Written by Cynthia W from Rosebery

    This hard drive is not good if you are planning on using for long periods of time. If you want a place to back up fils and not access them, maybe, but the design of the drive means it heats up to a degree that it becomes incredibly hot. I would not feel confortable leaving files writing on this disk when I am not there to supervise it.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best portable Hard drive ever

    • Written by James A from Machans Beach

    This is the best portable Hard drive I have ever used. Stable, easy to set up and it doesn't switch off if it is knocked. Well worth the money.

    0 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Used for 2 years + works fine

    • Written by Paul W from White Stone

    Used for several years now without any event.

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    So Far So Good

    • Written by Sharon T from Sunnyvale

    So far, I've been very pleased with this 4TB Thunderbolt hard drive. It seems to be working just fine. I did sign up for the data recovery plan which, like the AppleCare protection plan, is a good idea in any circumstance when such a plan is offered. As this disk is to be used for additional back-up and portable storage of data (sound banks, etc.) permanently stored on RAIDs in my studio, it looks like it will be a great addition for my on-the-go production and composition needs.

    0 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Crashed after 5 weeks.Terrible experience!!

    • Written by Michael W from LIVERMORE

    Used successfully for 5 weeks, then shut down and would not turn back on. Cost me $1600 to recover my data. Lacie would not help, even though they have a service that for $5 a year, they will cover recovery. When I registered the drive for warranty, there was no notification that they had such a plan. Very deceptive. Also on Amazon, there are a number of purchases with the same issue of crashing prematurely. I would not recommend using LaCie. If you must have it, then at least search their web site and purchase their recovery insurance, or buy another hard drive to back up their harddrive. Pretty sad experience!!!

    33 of 35 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Suitable for Use in Warm Climates

    • Written by Samuel H from Buxton

    I'm a DIT by trade and I have used countless LaCie drives across the world, including the Rugged RAID, and they have all performed without fault in all temperatures, from the very high to the very low.

    12 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Peace of mind

    • Written by Mark G from Melbourne

    I don't normally write reviews but as the previous review was not even for this product I felt compelled to write another review. This LaCie Rugged is a RAID drive, and as such, offers peace of mind for those users like myself who want to set up a Mirrored RAID while travelling. I have used LaCie Rugged drives since they were first launched and always had good service from the drives. All drives fail so any reviewer who writes a poor review because their drive has failed is not offering useful feedback. This drive however offers the peace of mind that only a Mirrored RAID can offer, in that one drive can fail and the other has its back. It has a fast built in Thunderbolt lead and an additional USB 3 port and can be switched from RAID 0 to Raid 1 in a couple of minutes. The name Rugged refers to more than just the rubber jacket it wears - it's construction allows for a serious knock without detriment to the enclosed drives. My only criticism is that I would recommend LaCie ships this drive with RAID 1 (Safe or Mirrored mode) as the default.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not Suitable for Use in a Warm Climate

    • Written by Brett T from CAMP HILL

    I purchased a LaCie 1TB Rugged Firewire 800 USB3 External HDD in December 2011. This LaCie Rugged HDD has been used on a handful of occasions to back up photos while travelling.

    Recently I attempted to use this LaCie Rugged HDD to perform an independent backup of some photographs and personal files from my iMac. I was unable to copy these files to this HDD as the Lacie Rugged HDD became very hot after saving between 83GB and 84GB of files and then misbehaved, hanging Finder in OSX El Capitan and also corrupting any other external HDDs that I had plugged into my iMac at the time.

    I spent several days on the phone to Apple Support and finally traced this problem with Finder hanging and becoming unresponsive to the overheating of the Lacie Rugged 1TB HDD.

    The case design of the Lacie Rugged HDD and in particular the rubberised edge bump strip clearly does not allow sufficient cooling of the HDD inside. The LaCie Rugged HDD may be suitable for use in Antarctica, Siberia or Alaska but is not suitable for use in a warm climate.

    I am very disappointed with this product as I expected a long life from a premium device for which I paid a premium price and all I have now is an expensive rubber edged paperweight which has only been used a handful of times over 5 years.

    61 of 107 people found this useful