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LaCie 1TB Rugged Mini External Hard Drive USB 3.0 Model LAC301558 Orange

  • Shock-, rain-, and pressure-resistant
  • Password protection
  • USB 3.0: up to 4x faster than USB 2.0

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years
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  • Kurth B.
  • 8/15/2015 10:29:03 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsActual Drive Is Low Quality

This review is from: LaCie 1TB Rugged Mini External Hard Drive USB 3.0 Model LAC301558 Orange

Pros: Drive enclosure is metal, with a plastic caddy and a pretty good SATA->USB interface. Speeds were reasonable. Rubber bumper is well made and seems like it would serve it's purpose.

Cons: I am giving this drive one star due to LaCie's choice of drive vendor, Seagate, in this case. Please read the "other thoughts" section for an explanation.

Other Thoughts: I purchased this drive in March of 2015 for my girlfriend, and it sat on her desk as served as storage for her videos and recorded music (she is a working musician). The drive worked without issue for several months, until this month (August 2015), when the drive refused to spin up. I opened the enclosure and found the Seagate drive model number (Drive is branded as Samsung, but has Seagte stickers on it), googled it and found that this model of drive has a very poor reputation among data recovery companies.

Since we did not expect the drive to fail within a year, she did not have complete backups of her work stored on the drive, and now have to both return the drive and pay for data recovery services (which are not cheap).

I have not contacted LaCie regarding this drive yet, however they are only obligated to replace the drive, not cover any data recovery).

I used to use Seagate drives for all my personal needs as well as my client needs, however as of late their reliability seems to be doing downhill. Your mileage may vary, but a big buyer beware here. The enclosure is on high-quality, but the drive contained within is not, in my opinion.

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5 out of 5 eggsExcellent drive

This review is from: LaCie 1TB Rugged Mini External Hard Drive USB 3.0 Model LAC301558 Orange

Pros: Peace of mind with drop protection.

Great transfer speed with encrypted luks/jfs.

Cons: Only the price (expensive)

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  • Jordan L.
  • 1/8/2015 5:01:45 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsGreat for photographers!

This review is from: LaCie 1TB Rugged Mini External Hard Drive USB 3.0 Model LAC301558 Orange

Pros: Quick transfer speeds, super rugged, and it looks really cool. What's not to like?

Cons: It's not SSD, but for the price I'm okay with that.

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  • Gavin C.
  • 11/9/2014 9:48:04 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs2 drives, so far, so good

This review is from: LaCie 1TB Rugged Mini External Hard Drive USB 3.0 Model LAC301558 Orange

Pros: They care about design. When you plug the USB cord into the drive, you notice that etched into the orange rubber casing are the words, "design by neil poulton." I think this is more than just a gimmick. The care that they put into the physical product really makes you take better care of it.

Cons: I have no complaints.

Other Thoughts: Got one for use with a Mac and one for a PC. Both are working fine.

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  • Richard L.
  • 9/27/2014 7:56:55 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
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3 out of 5 eggsGood drive but not really rugged

This review is from: LaCie 1TB Rugged Mini External Hard Drive USB 3.0 Model LAC301558 Orange

Pros: Bright orange rubber guard makes it easy to find. Small and easy to use.

Cons: USB cable is not up to par for a rugged device. Reliability is no better than most other drives that I have used. Drive failed when I needed it most causing lost productivity.

Other Thoughts: I gave this drive three eggs because it failed after less than 100 hours of actual usage. The actual age of the drive is three years but it has been handled with care and never subject to any condition that could be remotely considered rugged. I use this drive for backing up my laptop and to store software that is needed to restore my laptop while not in the office. I purchased this drive thinking that a rugged rated device that is treated gently should be reliable for years and in the most critical moments. As it turns out while I was in Russia recently and needed to access one of my virtual machine files the drive would not connect or give any indication of activity even after trying multiple cables and other PC's to rule out my laptop and cable as the source of failure. Ultimately this drive is no more reliable than any of the dozen others that I have used over the years. Would I buy it again? Most likely yes since it works as well as any other external drive and is competitively priced. I just wont trust it to work when I need it the most.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/30/2014 9:46:33 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat performance and rugged design

This review is from: LaCie 1TB Rugged Mini External Hard Drive USB 3.0 Model LAC301558 Orange

Pros: Very well built, durable, good transfer speeds with USB 3.0.

Cons: A choice of colors would be nice.

Other Thoughts: I use this as a travel drive for editing video. It's very solid, fast and has an excellent build quality. All my other older USB2 drives are sitting in at the bottom of my drawer now.

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4 out of 5 eggsRugged, Expensive, Odd

This review is from: LaCie 1TB Rugged Mini External Hard Drive USB 3.0 Model LAC301558 Orange

Pros: Super Rugged, Self Powered, hard to lose

Cons: Emergency orange isn't my favorite color.

Still a spinning disk so the chance of surviving a drop is still very low.

Other Thoughts: The software on this is weird, its made for a mac power user which there are very few of.

It lets you partition HFS+/FAT and manage some other advanced details.

In my experience very few mac users know the technical terms to use the provided software.

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