• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Ok but...

    I have two of these drives. Initially they performed well, speed is not great, max is 110-120MB/s on both USB-C and USB 3.0. After a few weeks one disk that I had designated for scratch disk purposes occasionally unmounted. Didn't think about it much, as it didn't;t cause any issues, then few months later both drives started to fail to mount on start-up, restart and then they'd appear. Then the strangest part the other drive where all my data and work are stored becomes unresponsive from time to time whilst I'm using the computer. It then hangs the entire computer until I pull the cable out and plug it back in. Overall not very impressed with these drives, will stick to Seagate external (which owns LaCie), transfer speeds are better and they don't become unresponsive during live work! Bizarre!

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent!

    I plugged the LaCie 4 TB drive into my iMac Thunderbolt port (USB-C), powered up the iMac, the LaCie drive was recognized, checked the "readme" file instructions included on the drive, followed the instructions, and it works perfectly. The included setup file offers a partitioning option, which can be one or two partitions, either all Mac, or one for Mac and one shared that will work with Mac and Windows, and the size of each is adjustable. I made a 3.5 TB partition for Mac and a 500 GB partition shared.

    The drive works very well with an iMac, and the transfer rates are very fast, saving video clips of over 1 GB in just a few seconds (using Thunderbolt cable). Large video files on the drive play smoothly on the iMac. Even during continuous use, the drive doesn't vibrate at all, and barely gets warm. The edges of the case are smooth to the touch, and an added bonus is that the silver color matches the color of the iMac and Super Drive nicely. The drive is small, and fits discreetly and stylishly below the iMac. Even though it is a portable drive, it will stay with my iMac, mostly for video files.

    I am very satisfied with this little drive. It works great, looks great, has plenty of storage space, and I would buy it again if the need arises.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Super slow and failed

    The drive Never performed over 75mb/sec very slow, kept failing saying it couldn't read. Had to reformat it and after 2 months died. Asked for warranty and never got a responce

    0 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    AVOID

    Failed after 10 months now must pay a company to try and recover data. AVOID.

    6 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Style Over Substance

    Great looking small drive but I get on average 15 MB/s second transfer rates...my 10 old bulky WD external drive is faster :/

    2 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Ignore the finger-cutting warnings

    Bought this drive in April 2018. Maybe the drive design has changed since 2017 when (some) people complained of finger cuts; I wouldn't know. But I can tell you that I simply cannot believe anyone could cut their fingers on the edge of the drive I bought yesterday, no matter how hard they tried nor how often they handle it. If anything the edges are less sharp than my smaller Porsche design drives (next paragraph), and I've never had a finger cut from handling either of them. I asked the sale rep at the Apple Store about the posts complaining about this, and he just laughed. For good reason.

    I use the drive as a safe-deposit-box backup of my main data drive, so will only access it maybe twice or three times a year, therefore I can't yet comment on the performance over time. But I've got two smaller La Cie Porsche drives I've been using for safe-deposit-box backups of my OS and another drive, have handled them to refresh the backups occasionally for several years now, and have experienced no data loss nor any other problems with them. I see no reason to worry about the 4TB drive being any different (though it is thicker than the other two, it still fits nicely in a standard safe deposit box). I had no problems with a wobbly USB-C cable either, as some other reviews have reported. So if that was a problem in the past, it isn't on my purchase.

    I also own two larger desktop 4TB La Cie Thunderbolt drives which I've been using daily for about three years now, and they're as reliable today as they were when I got them. I think you can trust La Cie drives from Apple.

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    FAIL

    DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT.

    I Saved my whole life on this device and it started failing after just 2 days.

    Basically it does not turn on again. You have to tweak the cables a bit. And after one hour of trying to play with them you might get a chance to have it ON for a couples of seconds.

    What a bad quality and why would APPLE sell someone else's bad quality?

    12 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    PRODUCT QUALITY BAD..

    1. CABLE CONTACT TO THE HARDDISC IS WOBBLY.

    2. HARDDISC ITSELF IF WOBBLY WHEN PLACED ON A FLAT SURFACE.

    VISUALLY IT'S APPEALING, BUT THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS - AND LACIE NEEDS DEFINITELY BETTER QUALITY CONTROL WHEN IT COMES TO ASSEMBLING THIS PRODUCT.

    WRITTEN TO LACIE ABOUT THIS - LOOKING FORWARD TO A QUALIFIED FEEDBACK.

    12 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Sharp edges slice fingers - do not buy

    This thing is a finger slicer. Especially when you reach down deep into your backpack to grab something. I’ve cut myself twice in the last two days. They’re annoying papercuts that bleed enough to get blood all over whatever you grab before realizing your bleeding, I’m going to put some scotch 35 vinyl tape over the edges now for safety so so much for the sleek design. Hard to believe the design engineers let this thing go to production!

    14 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    So bad ...

    I have many LaCie drives as backups, extra disks etc that are still working after many years.

    This drive failed after a couple of weeks - no warning 4TB of data not backed up for > 1 week.
    Come on LaCie - why the disparity??

    Had the drive for more than 14 days (not many) so now have to go through the laborious process of getting a refund.
    Sad day

    DO NOT BUY THIS DRIVE

    20 of 25 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Stay away from this device!

    Brought this product 8 months ago and it broke, started beeping, IT couldn't fix it and. Now I have lost YEARS worth of valuable memories which I'll never get back. I suggest NOT SELLING THIS PRODUCT ANYMORE APPLE AS ITS MAKING YOU LOOK BAD!

    25 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Failed After Five Days

    This 4T drive worked great out of the box, but then it completely failed after five days of desktop use. Lacie has offered to exchange it for a free replacement drive. However, I lost many hours of productivity because of this failure.

    22 of 25 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Finger Cutter

    Unless you want to dismember yourself reaching into your bag, avoid this drive at all costs. I'm keeping this review short because my other hand is bleeding.

    23 of 38 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Drive Failed

    After only having this drive for 4 months, it failed. At first I was able to find it in Disk Utility and retrieve some documents but a day later it won't even turn on. Absolutely Dissapointing.

    20 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Who designs a portable HD with razor sharp edges???

    I glad Porsche doesn't design cars this badly.
    First of all, they are bragging about a rectangular aluminum box as being designed???
    The only 'design' above a plain box was to put sharp metal edges on the corners so it will scratch up anything that is carried with it in a bag (remember this is a portable drive)
    I can't be sure, but I think it scratched my kitchen counter just unpacking it for the first time
    I don't want to even have it near my new MacBook- I feel like any contact is apt to leave scratches.
    Every time I handle it, I feel like I'm coming away with paper cuts and scratches.
    It does function as a hard drive, at least I can say that.
    I'm most likely going to return it.

    20 of 29 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Be cautious when you handle this hard drive

    1st, Since this drive use usb-c, I expected speeds are little bit faster than usb3 or hopefully similar to the apple's thunderbolt. However, read/write speeds are not faster than usb2. Very disappointed.

    2nd, just like paper cut, I got many times to slice my fingers' skins when handling this drive. such as, while putting it in my backpack and taking this out of my bag. By today, it has happened 5 times. I never imaged this happened by mobile hard drive. The edges of this hard drive are very very sharp. So be careful!!!
    I will not purchase this hard drive again for the safety reason.

    16 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Drive Failure

    I purchased this drive just under two months ago and have only been actively using it for a month. The drive is showing as unreadable and macOS has failed to repair it. I have never encountered issues this substantial in a new drive before and given the obviously higher than usual price point I expected quality. I am sorry to say I was mistaken.

    77 of 92 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    awesome drive, the only one on the market with most up to date tech

    it works well, quite, fast. It comes with 2 cables, one for new USB-C and one for standard USB port.
    it's 4TB, and it's USB Get 3.1 speed. It's stylish.
    And that makes it the only drive like that available

    61 of 71 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Large Down/Uploads can be an issue

    With limited battery life and not being able to connect external power when using I find this drive, and only one USB-C port, frustrating.

    29 of 60 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Power Issues

    Because this drive and the MacBook have only a single USB-C drive, and Apple does not sell a USB-C to 2x USB-C cable or adapter, the drive can only be used directly with the MacBook on battery power, not with external power.

    You can connect the drive to a USB-3 & USB-C to USB-C connector (e.g. USB-C VGA Multiport Adapter), then use the connector to connect to external power and the MacBook. Not very elegant.

    With these caveats, the drive seems good; nice to have 4 TB for big cameras.

    75 of 108 people found this useful