LaCie Hard Disk 500 GB FireWire 400/USB 2.0/eSATA External Hard Drive, Design by Neil Poulton 301313U

 
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Product Description

Compact for its generous capacity, the LaCie Hard Disk, Design by Neil Poulton's chic, subtle black design blends perfectly into dark workstations and home entertainment setups. With USB 2.0, eSATA and FireWire 400, it offers universal connectivity with your PC, Mac or Linux-based computer. Connect via USB 2.0 to easily share files with friends and family. For speed-demanding applications, eSATA offers a fast transfer rate of up to 80MB/s. With two FireWire ports, it can connect to your computer and to another device like a camcorder or camera. Setup is nearly effortless; it's plug & play and offers automatic formatting with LaCie Setup Assistant. LaCie '1-Click' Backup Software (PC and Mac) is also included for quickly saving important files in one click. 7200 RPM 8MB Cache Buffer Interface - 1 x Hi-Speed USB 2.0, 1 x eSATA, 2 x FireWire 400 eSATA - up to 1.5Gbits/s; FireWire 400 - up to 400Mbits/s; USB 2.0 - up to 480Mbits/s System Requirements - Windows 2000/XP/Vista; Mac OS X 10.3 or higher Approximate Unit Dimensions - 4.6 x 7.6 x 1.8 Approximate Unit Weight - 33.5 ounces

The LaCie Hard Disk 301313U 500 GB eSATA/FireWire 400/USB 2.0 External Hard Drive, Design by Neil Poulton is a sleek, sophisticated hard drive that offers high-speed performance and style to your desktop. With universal compatibility and a compact size, this portable drive lets you easily back-up and share your music, photos and video files with your friends and family.

The Lacie Hard Disk 500 GB eSATA/FireWire 400/USB 2.0 External Hard Drive, Design by Neil Poulton:
  • Has 500 GB of disk space.
  • Features eSATA, FireWire 400, and USB 2.0 interfaces for utmost speed and compatibility.
  • Uses a fanless design for near-silent operation.
  • Features a drive with 7200 RPM and 8 MB of cache for maximum performance.
  • Free one-year online backup service.


The gorgeous, minimalist case was designed by Neil Poulton. View larger.


Three connection interfaces offers true universal compatibility and speed. View larger.
Beautiful, Stunning Design
Designed by internationally acclaimed designer Neil Poulton, the Hard Disk features sleek and sophisticated styling. The case is entirely black with a fashionable, mirror-polished finish. A cool, blue LED strip on the bottom casts an ambient glow. The ultra-minimalist look will blend perfectly into home entertainment setups and workstations.

But don't think the design is just about looking good. Built to optimize heat dissipation so that it can operate without a fan, the drive is also designed for convenience and portability. At just 4.6 x 1.8 x 7.6 inches (WxHxD) and weighing barely two pounds, it can be easily transported into your briefcase, allowing you to shuttle files between your home and office, or move your work between your laptop and desktop with ease.

More Space for More Media
With 500 GB of disk space, the LaCie Desktop Hard Disk lets you store up to 35 hours of DV video or 125,000 songs or 550,000 photos. Instead of having all this data stored on an internal drive on your desktop computer that can't be moved around, imagine being able to carry your entire digital media collection with you on your travels. You can also use the drive to back up your computer files for extra security.

Fast Performance and Exceptional Compatibility
With three connection interfaces, you'll be able to get the hard drive up and running quickly with your computer at home, your laptop at work, and just about any computer you need to connect to. The eSATA interface allows for a blistering 1.5 Gbps data transfer speed, perfect for video editing and other intensive work. FireWire 400 is also supported, which has long been a favorite of Mac users and provides 400 Mbps speeds. The nearly universal USB 2.0 interface is supported as well, and offers a transfer rate of up to 480 Mbps.

The LaCie Hard Disk works with both Macs and PCs and is simple to setup. It's plug and play and offers automatic formatting with LaCie Setup Assistant with customizable features. The hard disk features a rotational speed of 7200 RPM and has a cache of at least 8 MB, providing performance that won't keep you waiting for your files to backup or your media to play.

The drive is compatible with Windows 2000, XP, and Vista, as well as Mac OS 10.3 or higher. Included in the box is LaCie's 1-Click Backup Software (Windows and Mac), as well as LaCie SilverKeeper Backup Software (Mac) making backups an easy and painless process.

Free One-Year Unlimited Backup Service
With the purchase of this LaCie Hard Disk, you will also receive a full year of LaCie's Online Backup service. With this service, the data that you store on your computer will be encrypted twice and uploaded to the offsite data center where they will remain encrypted, maintaining your privacy.

When you sign up for the service, software is added to your computer that looks for new and changed files to update. The service is completely automated and only backs up new and modified files when your computer is idle, so you don't have to do a thing, and your computer's performance will never be affected.

This service lets you upload an unlimited amount of photos, music, video, and documents for a full year. After that you can continue with the service for a low monthly fee. This is LaCie's way of ensuring that should anything happen to your Hard Disk -- should it get stolen or damaged, for instance -- your invaluable data will remain completely protected and accessible.

The LaCie 500 GB eSATA/FireWire 400/USB 2.0 Hard Disk, Design by Neil Poulton is backed by a 2-year limited warranty.

About LaCie
Established in France in 1989, LaCie is a leading manufacturer of computer peripherals for Windows, Apple and Linux users. With offices and plants in the USA, Canada, Japan, Australia, Europe, Singapore and Hong Kong, LaCie develops and manufactures external storage solutions and color monitors that help professionals and everyday people easily manage their digital lives. LaCie has differentiated its products through original designs and leading-edge technology.

What's in the Box
LaCie hard disk, USB 2.0 cable, eSATA cable, FireWire 400 cable, external power supply, quick install guide, LaCie utilities (preloaded on drive), user's manual, backup software.

Features:
  • 500 GB external hard drive features a stunning design by Neil Poulton
  • Triple interface includes 1 x Hi-Speed USB 2.0, 1 x eSATA, 2 x FireWire 400
  • Fanless design allows for near silent operation
  • Includes one-year online backup service providing unlimited off-site backup storage
  • Measures 4.6 x 1.8 x 7.6 inches (WxHxD)

Customer Reviews:

  • classy and usefull
    this product is made very well, the only downside i see is i payed the extra 30 dollars for this hard drive compared to other 1 terrabyte drives so i could use the eSata port however i came to discover my computer only has regular sata connections, so word to the wise check your computer carefully. Still the fire wire and usb 2.0 are fast, and one great feature is the on off switch. Overall im very content with this hard drive and it fits my needs very well because of its large storage capacity and fast writing speed...more info
  • NICE
    This drive seems to work great. Test of time will tell how great it really is. I use it on mac and PC. The whole auto format thing is kinda lame because it makes you split the drive.
    I did a little research and found a free plugin/app that allows my intel mac's to read/write NTSF and BLAMO. NO SPLITTING THE DRIVE NECESSARY! Formatted Fully NTSF and running on a mac or PC perfectly. This NTSF for mac app IS GREAT because it allows me to use my other NTSF drives on my mac too.

    This drive is a little noisy, as others have said. Its nothing to extreme but in a quiet room you can hear it for sure (sounds like a subtle small fan blowing in the next room). All my other drives are quieter then this one....more info
  • Impossibly Slow Write Speed
    I am a devoted LaCie user. I own 5 Big Disk, 2 Little Disk, and 1 Rugged. They have all worked flawlessly and have been consistently more dependable than any other brand I've tried. I've had problems with every other brand, WD, Seagate, Toshiba, etc. But never with LaCie. They're more expensive, but for me, def worth it. Since what the point of saving a few bucks for data backup and have issues with the security of that data backup.

    But these "black plastic" LaCie 1TB Neil Poulton Drives are the first LaCie's I've owned that have been horrible. They are noisy, very unlike the other LaCie's. But that I can live with. The real issue is their IMPOSSIBLY SLOW write/transfer speed. I don't mean slow, I mean "UNUSABLY SLOW". It is just "COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE".

    I've tried different cable I/Os. No difference. I've tried it on my iMac and MacBooks. No Difference. I've tried my other external hard drives to test transfering the same files. The other drives have no issues at all. So I'm assuming it has to be these drives. I've sent in an enquiry to LaCie, so if it gets resolved, I'll post an update. But so far, these drives are "TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE" to me....more info
  • Excellent
    This is the 5th one I've bought and I have had no problems so far. It is small and easy to carry along....more info
  • Fail
    I got this drive for christmas and have saved very little on it until now. I needed to reinstall vista so I spent all night backing up 30 gb of stuff off of my hard drive. I just got vista back up and running and found that there was nothing to restore on my Lacie :( Depending on this external drive cost me everything I had. Prior to the reinstall of Vista disk manager showed the Lacie as healthy and my GB's of data there. Same Vista, same computer, same connections and software. No Data....more info
  • Perfect External Drive
    I've gone through about 3 external harddrives and this one is by far the best one I've ever had. The two external firewire ports allowed me to easily daisy chain my last harddrive to it so I didn't lose any ports on my computer. The drive looks sleek and runs almost silent, except for the noise of the drive head. If you ever need to take it somewhere it's compact enough to easily be carried or won't take up much space in a bag. Stop searching for harddrives and just buy this one....more info
  • Rugged and Reliable
    I own 4 Lacies ( 1T, 2-500GB, 1-320GB ) and they are easy to set up and reliable. I highly recommend these drives. ...more info
  • Quality product
    The hard drive came in the time promised, and it was absolutely brand new! It works great with my Macbook. Fantastic price from Amazon.com....more info
  • Great! (and stylish)
    Purchased this very Cosmo looking 1TB Hard Drive because it was going to be sitting on the component shelf feeding a WD TV HD Media Player. What a great looking, great working pair they make. Initial install of the LaCie included a nicely laid out formatting prompt giving you choices of NTFS, FAT32 or combinations of them for cross-compatibility. Speed is good and it is VERY quiet. Perfect for this application in an entertainment suite. The only thing that could make this any better would be a network connection....more info
  • just wooow
    Beautiful design extremely fast I connect it with e-sata cable and works like its integrated drive of my computer. For the price I paid for it its worth every dime I have been searching the net for a drive that have all the component and my friends said you will never find a drive that is low priced fast and beautiful but LaCie really nailed with this one for 99 bucks just woooow.
    Cons: none so ever I have it for few month now.
    ...more info
  • decent value for the cost
    We goth this drive to increase the performance of one of our lesser media center pc's. although the drive is fast and adequate in size, it only is good for low bandwidth applications or media. If we record 2 shows, we can't watch a third. Also, when recording in High Def, the drive can't keep up with the data stream.

    Would only recommend this drive if you are needing medium quality media storage or as a backup drive....more info
  • Software Problems
    I ordered and received the product and it works as advertised. Loved the fact that all three connection cables (USB, eSATA and Firewire)came with the product. The only problem I encountered is that I was unable to access the software included with the product and had to download it from the LaCie support website. Also, it doesn't seem to give the option of backing up your files at a time chosen by the user. In general a great hard disk with plenty of room for back ups....more info
  • Great product at affordable price
    Works very well so far. The only issue I have is with the firewire card on my computer. I can only use one firewire connection at a time. If I connect two firewire devices at the same time, my computer will freeze up. In this case, I have to use the USB2 connection instead. I don't think this is the problem of the hard drive itself. ...more info
  • beautiful design
    I have always had good luck with LaCie, this seems to be no different. It is being used on a mac. Very "2001 space odyssey"in design....more info
  • Intego Backup Assistant issue
    This LaLaCie Hard Disk 750 GB FireWire 400/USB 2.0/eSATA External Hard Drive, Design by Neil Poulton 301314UCie Hard Disk drive was easy to connect and use manually. However, the free Intego Backup Assistant is difficult to figure out & won't automatically backup my MAC's home folder, which contains all my photos, unless I pay for an upgraded version. So, I've been doing this manually. Not at all what I expected. ...more info
  • Great Drive
    I have been using this drive for a week with my MacBook with no problems so far. Obviously time will tell. Install was a breeze. Like the power switch on the back and love the firewire connection. Firewire is essential for me as I have numerous other USB devices that I do not like to daisy chain. Firewire is made for daisy chaining. Very fast and extremely quite drive. Will update if the drive gives me errors....more info
  • Looks great, Firewire is fast
    Very happy with this drive so far. I was amazed at the difference in speed backing up over firewire rather than USB. This drive is very compact and looks nice sitting on the computer desk. ...more info
  • Mixed experience, wish I knew more about what happened
    Bear with me as I try to convey the story of my 1TB LaCie drive, as it is a long and somewhat confusing one.

    When did I buy it? In October of 2008 (about four months ago).

    Why did I buy it? To replace my iMac's 500GB internal drive as my primary hard drive, on which I would store all my music/videos/documents/pictures/etc. (because I was quickly running out of space on the internal drive).

    What happened:
    Everything was going great for the first three months or so. Upon receiving it, I reformatted it to Mac OS Extended (Journaled) using Disk Utility (just because I didn't need the included software and preferred it wiped clean). I was able to use it just like I had been using my iMac's internal hard drive before, listening to music, editing standard-def video in Final Cut, etc. for several hours a day without any problems. Then, about a month ago, I was in the middle of copying some files when it suddenly started moving really slowly (in the neighborhood of a few KB per second). It then appeared to stop altogether, so I canceled the file-copying. I then tried a second time to copy the files, but it wasn't moving at all that time. I did "Verify Disk" in Disk Utility and it told me that it had an invalid node structure, or something to that effect. I tried to do "Repair Disk", but it didn't work. (Needless to say, I was basically crapping my pants at this point.) I later restarted my iMac and tried to access the LaCie drive again, at which point it told me the disk could not be initialized, and I could no longer see the drive or any of my files. I then used Alsoft's DiskWarrior to try to retrieve my lost data. It ran for about twelve straight hours, and, amazingly, was able to retrieve some of my lost data (but not all of it). It reported all kinds of problems with the disk, including physical damage. Luckily, I had a backup of all my stuff on a different external drive, but it was about a month old so I ended up losing roughly a month's worth of work. I used LaCie's online support service, and after a few days of back-and-forth, they told me to send the drive in and they would repair it under the warranty. I had to pay about $9.00 to ship it to them via USPS (which was a little annoying, admittedly), and they took about two weeks to get it back to me via FedEx (they payed for the return shipping). When I got it back, it was slightly scratched and beat-up looking, like it had been handled roughly during the repair process. However, it was working fine (they apparently replaced the actual drive that was inside it). I told the support people that it looked kind of beat-up and sent them pictures of it, and they apologized and agreed to replace the entire thing for me this time. I didn't really care that much as long as it functioned properly, though, so I turned down their offer and that's where I currently stand: it's working, it looks slightly worse than it did before, I'm out $9.00 and I lost about a month's worth of data (partly due to the age of my backup).

    In conclusion, I'm not really sure what advice to give regarding purchasing this drive or LaCie's drives in general; I've really enjoyed the drive other than the one time it crashed, my customer service experience was mostly positive, and I have no way of knowing whether my problem was just a fluke or not. I guess you'll have to consider everyone's reviews and simply decide for yourself. I will say this, though: ALWAYS have a backup!...more info
  • excellent buy
    I use this drive for my Apple Time Machine, an automatic backup. It is seamless and simple to set up. It holds a terabyte of information. That will hold my backups for a long time to come. The price was ridiculously right. I am very pleased. My firewire cable or port quit, but the USB works as well....more info
  • CHEAP!!!! Beautiful drive and works right out of the box
    I love the price, $147 for a 1 GB drive, you gotta be kiddin' me! Anyway, I love this drive, I run a marketing department and needed a drive to back up all files, video, Photoshop, Pictures, Music, Aminations and numerous projects. It has been working great. There are 3 things I love about it so far.

    1. It is quiet!!!! Really it is!
    2. Reliable Time Machine back-up drive. Wonderful!!!
    3. It cost only $ 147. That is a $1.47 per GB.

    So far it has served me well, but I know Lacie drives have their issues, I bought this to replace an errant Lacie Drive, Triple Raid, 1 TB. But this one has been very very nice to have....more info
  • Great Lacie Design meets subpar performance
    I've been using my Lacie drive for the past three months. The triple interface and great capacity is why I purchased this. If your computer has a firewire port, you'll take advantage of much faster real-world transfer rates over USB 2.0.

    However, less than one month in, my drive, which is used as my Mac's time machine backup volume, would not mount in Finder. I was unable to repair it with Disk Utility, or Disk Warrior. Lacie support would not service the drive without me paying for shipping both ways and would not swap the drive. I found this disappointing for a company that has such a good track record with customer service. I had to wipe the drive and ended up losing all of my backup data.

    The drive was good until today when the same symptoms happened. I will need to wipe the drive and start over. This is incredibly irritating and I'm not sure how to rectify this.

    There is a chance that I have either a defective drive or software interfering with the drive, which is why I still rated this 3 stars. I would recommend turning Time Machine off and only manually backing up every week or so, to cut down on write-time to the disk.

    Any other advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Overall, this triple interface drive performs well. The LED light is a nice effect and like many other reviewers, I can attest that this drive runs a bit loud at times. Aside from my two major problems, the drive has performed ok....more info
  • Its a great product...fits my needs perfectly!
    So far the HDD is running great and has fit my needs perfectly. I don't like the fact that I had to format it for either windows or mac and not really universal. You can partition it for either OS however you can only designate up to only 20GB for the second partition. Other than that I love the external HDD its great....more info
  • LaCie newbie
    Using this to back up my wife's Intel Imac, my Linux Fedora 9 PC clone, and my kids HP EVO Windows XP box. After a couple of months, no problems. The drive has functioned and recognized nicely with all machines. Nice that on the Mac when you drop the disk Icon in the trash, the LaCie turns itself off. The speed of the Fire Wire is impressive, makes you wish you had that interface on on all your computers. Because of the slick case, I was worried about loosing my grip while carrying it. It is not too bad, since the bottom is waffled with air holes. I still try to stick it in a bubble bag when I transport it, just in case....more info
  • Great drive / great price
    Picked up this drive after my second Western Digital failed - don't ask - I shouldve known not to go WD again after the first failure. Live and learn.

    Anyway, was delighted to find this well reviewed, and good-looking LaCie at a great price.

    The good: Sleek, minimalist, huge space, firewire 400, drive powers itself down when not in use.

    The bad: A little loud, no firewire 800

    All in all, this is a smart looking, sharply functioning drive. Big enough to dump heaps of music and photos, while also partitioning in a big enough chunk for system backup. ...more info
  • looks good. easy to use. a little noisy.
    This is a decent drive, especially for the price. I read about every review everywhere on a bunch of hard drives and it really seems like a hit or miss. I don't mind this drive... It looks great, has lots of connection options and I had it out of the box and set up in about 1 minute! Plug and play for sure! The only bummer about this drive is the noise it makes. Its quiet, but its not silent. I read that LaCie uses cheap fans, and I assume thats what's making the sound. The fan turns on and off about every 15 minutes, which keeps the drive cool, but its also a little annoying. I keep it off when I'm not using it, which is actually recommended, a lot of reviews I read said that if you leave any external drive on constantly they will wear out quick. So perhaps LaCie did this as a reminder. ...more info
  • Lacie supports Macintosh & also has backup software included
    This hard drive works great with my Mac G4 with Tiger, and it went beyond my expectations. The set-up was flawless and the software worked the first time, as long as you follow the easy user-friendly instructions.
    Please buy this hard drive and support Lacie, who is trying to support Mac.
    If you have a mac be sure and buy a mac-compatible drive, which is this one.

    Amazon's prices were the best, and they tracked it all the way to your door....more info
  • Nice look, fast transfer but noisy and no standby mode
    I own this external hard drive for about a month and I can't say I'm fully satisfied.

    Pro's:
    - Nice look.
    - eSATA port very efficient.
    - Great capacity.
    - Good value for money.

    Con's:
    - Noisy. My Seagate was much quieter.
    - No standby mode. I need to switch it off when not using it.
    - eSATA port was not recognized by Vista at first. I had to manually search for new HW to use it, but it worked. ...more info
  • Works with a DVR too!
    Before I bought this product, I read through customer reviews to see comments on how this device works with DVRs. I didn't find any such comments, so it seems not many have used this as an external hard drive for DVRs. I gave in to the low cost, and purchased it.

    I have a Moxi DVR, and connected this device to it yesterday. I was so pleased to see the used space decrease from 50% (without this hard drive) to 6% right after it connected!

    Its a nice looking box (as nice as a box can be I guess - after all.. its designed by.. who?).. and the only negative I see is that the blue light is very bright. Hasn't bothered me too much yet, but then I've only used it for 2 days so far!

    This post is particularly for those that are looking to add it to their DVRs. It works!...more info
  • An affordable terabyte with firewire... it's been good to me.
    I have a home rig that's PC-based, but it's not ready to handle HD footage yet... as well as two PC based laptops equipped to do the same. A few months ago, I picked up a MacBook Pro and a deck-based HD camera from Sony (to go along with my two SD cameras and DSLR still cam). Needless to say, when capturing whole tapes (HD and SD), a ton of clips, or huge batches of RAW files, you really start to burn through gigs like they're megabytes from the the 90's (hope that makes sense). I wound up filling my MacBook's HDD up so much that it wasn't able to do it's OS updates.
    I picked up the LaCie 1 terabyte drive (with eSATA, FW 400, USB 2.0) and had it installed and ready to roll within 5 minutes of receiving it at work. I've read some concerns that it doesn't have FW 800, but for a $150-170 terabyte drive, you can only expect so much. Since the drive is dedicated to my Mac I haven't used the eSATA connection, but I know for a fact that it's a great connection (speed-wise) for rigs able to accommodate that connection. The only connection I've used is the FW 400 (there are two of these ports), and I've found that transferring roughly 150 gigs over didn't take an excruciatingly long time. I've found the connection to be fast enough to edit SD video- reading and writing to the external drive. There's a bit of lag, but barely enough to notice or have any effect on syncing audio and video.
    Design-wise... there's really nothing to say. I didn't seek a hard drive masquerading as art, I was looking for something with a decent rating, a good price, and 1 TB. There's no real design to speak of here... it's a shiny black box the size of a medium-largish print novel, and it has a blue LED that increases and decreases in luminosity as the drive does its job. You can't turn the light off, so if you really hate lights either turn the drive around or put some electrical tape over it. I don't find it distracting, personally. Pretty much everyone has mentioned that this thing collects fingerprints like Chris Hansen collects pedos, and they're all right. There's absolutely no way to handle the case without blemishing it unless you hold it from the bottom and pretend you're a waiter, which is probably not a good idea unless you've actually got the skills of a seasoned professional food service employee. It's too clean to stay clean, so if you have an obsessive compulsive disorder that causes you to make sure everything's spotless, stay away from this product. Personally, I don't care... it's a hard drive. A big fat terabyte of real estate.
    If you picked up the Swiss Army backpack with your Mac (the one capable of holding the 17" model), rest assured that this drive will fit in the center pocket of that particular backpack unless you've already crammed that with books or stolen fast food condiments.
    So far, the drive has worked flawlessly as both a drive to batch-dump massive amounts of data on, as well as work off of directly (as you would with most video applications, page layout and design apps, presentations, etc).
    One brief note... I've read reviews about this drive and its noise or lack thereof. The only time I ever notice a noise on this thing is when I turn it on (there's a brief wind sound up as it starts to spin up), and occasional HDD noises you'd expect when initiating the drive or putting it through its paces in one way or the other. It sounds quiet... err... it barely sounds at all to me. It's about as loud as a hard drive-based laptop (one working well)....more info
  • Spectacular Drive - Worth every penny!!!!
    I actually own 3 of these drives from Lacie and have had them for 4+ months now. If you are looking for a reliable external storage drive, look no further.

    The best features of this drive are ease of use, size of data it holds, and the multiple options to connect the drive. YES!!! - Lacie even includes all three cable wires for the different connection types :) - No need to run out to buy cables unless you need them to be longer.

    *** PLEASE NOTE: LACIE DOES MAKE AN IDENTICAL LOOKING DRIVE THAT ONLY CONNECTS VIA USB. I OPTED FOR THE MULTIPLE CONNECTIONS ON THIS UNIT FOR GREATER CONNECTION FLEXIBILITY AND TRANSFER RATES

    As with all electronics, it is completely possible to get a dead one out of the box or one that fails. Neither has happened to me. The key to performance and long life is how you treat the equipment. Keeping the drive well ventilated to prevent overheating is key. I would also recommend *not* handling or moving the drive when it is in use. This includes when you are reading from or writing to the drive.

    Occasionally, my computer does have problems recognizing the drive. This happens with drives from other manufactures as well. I think it has more to do with my computer and firewire connection than it does with the drive itself. Simply power cycling the drive or reseating the firewire connection resolves the issue.

    The only draw back to this drive is the overall cosmetics. Like most external drive manufacturers, Lacie opted for a HIGH GLOSS/SHINY enclosure. This finish is a magnet for smudges, fingerprints, and dust. If you are careless, it would be possible to scratch or chip the finish. Because of the finish, chips, dust, fingerprints, scratches and smudges will really stand out and be very noticeable. The drive also has very sharp edges and corners so be carefull not to scratch or mar other equipment while handling the drive. All in all very minor issues.

    One last point... I did purchase all three of my Lacie drives from AMAZON.COM. However, you may want to shop the drive on both AMAZON and NEWEGG. They appear to be in a price war over this unit and, at times, the price may be better at the other store.

    I will say this. Amazon's shipping was spectacular. Paid for 3 day shipping on all three drives. Had my unit in two days on two of the units and one arrived overnite. Great experience with AMAZON!!!! ...more info
  • Pleased with LaCie 750 GB - Neil Poulton Design
    Have long trusted LaCie to provide me with quality external hard drives of various sizes. This unit, meant to be used as a back-up drive for my MAC OS X system, is stylish as well as functional. Was easy to set up and format using the pre-installed software....more info
  • Great drive, would buy more!
    I have two of the 1TB triple interface models, and one of the 1TB USB only model and find these to be excellent drives. I now have five different LaCie drives and have been very happy with all of them and have never had a problem. I use the two 1TB models in a RAID 1 array on my iMac and use it for storing my iTunes library. Performance is very good and the ability to daisy chain these and stack them makes for a very clean installation which is easily hidden behind my iMac (I also use 9" firewire cables between drives to clean things up too). At this price, I wouldn't hesitate to buy an additional one or two to further expand into a RAID 5 array. Others I have recommended this to have also been very happy with performance and ease of set up and use....more info
  • Perfect
    Lacie HDs are the most reliable in my opinion. I bought this drive recently to take over for my 250gb Lacie HD. Both are solid. My 250gb has been on and running almost straight through for a few years now. Get one of these....more info
  • External eSATA?? Wow!! Great drive, great deal!
    My business has owned lots of LaCie drives and a G-Raid. However, I bought this little unit for home use and have to keep pinching myself trying to believe that I could get a triple interface external 500GB drive for less than $100!! This drive has been great! I only use it for backups over Firewire 400 because I don't have an eSATA card at home ... yet. So far, I haven't had any problems with the drive and it looks sharp!

    Kudos LaCie!...more info
  • easy, very nice
    very attractive unit, easy installation. nice addition to any comupter, i am using the fastest port, esata 3 gbps pci, setup for this system, this is the only way to go if you purchase one, no different speed then my 500 gig hard drive for speed now. will recomend this product for freinds....more info
  • quiet HDD
    it is a wonderfully quiet HDD. it transfers data fast with no hiccups in the playback of movies. it was cheap and worth much more then what i paid for it. i would suggest this to everyone for what ever there computing needs...more info
  • Great for me
    I needed to clear off my hard drive so I used this to transfer all of my music, photos and other large files. The instructions were clear and made it easy to set up. It's fast and I've never noticed a delay when accessing files off the external hard drive. I currently have it plugged into my FireWire 400 port on my iMac....more info
  • Great Hard Drive
    This product is quite awesome, I have it with Linux, The first you must do is to connect it in a Windows OS computer, you format it with its own applications, use NTFS, I don't recommend to partition it.
    Then what i did is to connect it in Linux, downloaded the ntfs-3g and add a line in the fstab, that way you can use it from linux, even that anywhere says so.

    About the case, is really great, obviusly the dust is really visible because the case is completely black and shiny, but you can blow it away without using any cleaning device.

    No cons so far, everything is good, I have it for over a month now....more info
  • Great Product!
    I had this hard drive for about 2 months now and it's still working perfectly for me. I run my games and some programs thru the hard drive using a USB. Nothing bad so far. Excellent product!!!!!!!...more info
  • Easy to use, Mac or Windows
    Great hard drive for either Mac or Windows, I used both. Now have just Mac stuff on mine. Very easy to use, format, etc. Very quiet, looks nice as well. ...more info
  • It does the job
    I have six external hard drives and this is in the top four. It might be higher, but three others are LaCies and they're just as good. This (and the others) are easy to use with my Mac with nothing more to do than plug them in and turn them on. For me, what sets LaCie apart from the others is their stable and stackable shapes.

    The only problem with them is they encourage me to find more stuff to keep in them. :-)

    If I need another external hard drive I'll look to LaCie first....more info
  • My Little Black Box
    Well, finally got mine. Fingerprints like this little shiny black box, and cloths do not. The first thing I did when I took it out of the box was put a big smudge (from my big thumb) right on top of it. So naturally I pulled up my sleeve and started wiping. The print stayed put, and my soft shirt sleeve put rows of little scratches in the cover. Awesome. "Look, a nice shiny piece of functional art, oh wait, what's this? A smudge? Let me just gently SCRAPE some groovy shirt-sleeve tracks in there, give that sucker some character. Anyway, just be aware that it scratches easy, so if you're going to try and wipe off the smudges that you will inevitably decorate it with, use a microfiber cloth, or you can be like me and use this: M&M Green Screen Cleaner
    As far as the hard drive goes, it's a Terabyte of free space just waiting to be filled, and with the options of FireWire 400, USB 2.0, and eSATA (ROCK ON!) you will be doing just that, however you feel like, and with a very nice data transfer rate. Enjoy!...more info
  • interface for Mac and PC
    I got this drive for home use with a Mac laptop (using the firewire connection) and a PC laptop (using the USB connection). The drive now functions well with both computers, but it took me some time to figure out that it can not be connected to both systems at the same time: the PC running Windows XP was not able to recognize the drive until I disconnected the firewire connection to the Mac. It then identified "new hardware," a USB drive, and made a connection that appeared with a new drive letter under "my computer." LaCie technical support, reached by e-mail while I was still trying to figure out why the drive was not connecting, replied promptly and gave me the needed information to troubleshoot this problem (although not a specific solution to my problem). I have only been using the drive a couple of weeks but so far it seems dependable and I am pleased with the level of technical support and information available on the LeCie website....more info
  • Noisy
    I've had the product for almost 2 months now. So far it's still working well; my computer still recognizes it everytime I plug it in.
    My only problem is the noise and the memory. It produces this weird crackling or popping sound. It's not loud, but it makes me nervous at times because it makes me feel that the hard drive will just suddenly stop working.
    The memory is not exactly 1TB. It's 900+ gb. I haven't used up the whole space yet, but that fraction of space it's supposed to have could have been 50 movies more for me. -_-...more info
  • So far so good,black,shiny and quite.
    I ordered this through Amazon, but the shipment came from buy.com.
    The unit works right out the box. All cables are provided for the three different interfaces. It works with the USB (1.1?) port on my machine with XP Pro. The drive noise during transfer is from my internal drives.
    The required setup to format the entire drive took within a minute and its ready for use. Cons: Included short length of the USB cable. It is just enough to reach the USB port and have the unit sit on top of my mini tower. If you want it to sit on your desk you need to get/buy a longer USB cable. Fully format for 1TB, XP displays only 931Gs , where did the 64G go?...more info
  • A little hard to set up
    I am currently ok with the drive. It is working just fine. I had a little difficulty setting it up, but LaCie's on line support was very helpful. The drive is working now no problems. It will auto back up and it is as simple as drag and drop for transfers.

    I would recommend the product.
    ...more info
  • IT'S AS QUIET AS A MOUSE!
    This external drive not only looks cool but it's QUIET. I hate noisy grindy drives. External drives should maybe be seen and definitely not heard. Not sure but it seems to wake up quickly and respond quickly....more info
  • Unit failed within 60 days
    I took delivery of this unit in early December 2008 and it failed with a loud clicking sound in late January 2009. It appears that all data on it is lost....more info
  • LaCie 1TB Neil Poulton Fan Problem
    Problem with LaCie 1TB Neil Poulton hard disk (model 301315U with FW 400 & eSATA connectors): I wrote to the Mikey Mouse LaCie Support & asked twice about how to control the fan and twice they replied there was NO FAN in this model!

    The casing is made of plastic so not good for heat dissipation and in a cool 20c (68F) room it overheats at 46c (115F) in it's normal horizontal position. Overheating shortens the hard disk life.

    The internal fan never ran on USB or Firewire connections. Putting it in vertical position for better airflow dropped the temperature 9c (16F). The problem is that now I have ugly cables sticking in the air.

    I then connected the drive using eSata & curiously it unlocked the noisy fan somehow, now it's on ALL THE TIME even on Firewire & modulates fan speed even if the drive runs only at 29c (84F) and never turns off.

    I strongly suggest you download a utility to monitor your external hard disk temperature if you do not want to lose all your data from an overheating drive, the #1 cause of failing drives.

    Do yourself a favor & get the newer model made of aluminium & standing vertical for much better self cooling properties: LaCie 301442U d2 Quadra Hard Disk 1TB eSATA/FireWire800/FireWire400/USB 2.0 External Hard Drive (Aluminum)...more info
  • Slick hard drive - works great
    Very slick looking hard drive. Really like the blue glowing light under the front. I like having the on/off switch (I own 2 others with no switch). Only annoyance is the frequency in which the drive spins up and down when not in use. I like the fact that it spins down to save on energy and use when not being accessed, but it does seem to randomly spin back up for no apparent reason then back down again. Using it with my Macbook Pro.

    Other than that minor annoyance it's a great drive! Definitely worth the price....more info
  • One Drive to Rule Them All
    The Lacie 1TB external hard drive is simple and elegant. It runs whisper quiet, so you hardly know it's there. Actual space out of the box is about 945GB, plenty for backing up everything and then some. It has two fire wire connections on the back, so you can connect to multiple PC's simultaneously (one USB and one eSATA also). The included software allows you to make partitions for both your Mac and Windows PC. It's really nice that it came with all the cables, but each is only about 2 feet long. That's my only gripe as this is now the third Lacie drive I've owned, and all are still working perfectly (two 250GB drives have been in regular operation for the past 4 or 5 years). For $150, the 1TB drive is a steal!...more info
  • So good I am buying another one!
    such a nice product! sleek looking, nice size, and great price! so good I am purchasing another one today!...more info
  • Best external drive I have used
    This drive is smaller quieter and better looking than any of the drives I'v used in the past.
    I like it a lot better than the WD drives and it it works great with the Mac OS.
    The 1TB disk actually gives you about 930GB of usable storage--I wonder what the other 70GB is being used for???...more info
  • Great LaCie quality
    I love this drive. The aesthetics are great, the footprint is small compared to other drives I've used, and the connection options are great.

    Only wishes? Firewire 800 and an anodized aluminum enclosure--the shiny plastic is a fingerprint magnet, but it looks gorgeous.

    Great buy!...more info
  • Can't Take A Good Hit.
    This Hard Drive is poorly designed, since the cords they give you are so short any type of tension applied to the cord connected will cause the drive to crash to the ground and stop working. In my case, my cat brushed up against the cord and knocked the drive off of the desk and now it is worthless....more info