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LACIE Big Disk Extreme 500GB 7200 RPM 3.5" USB 2.0 / Firewire400 / Firewire800 External Hard Drive Model 300794U

  • 500GB
  • 7200 RPM 16MB Cache
  • USB 2.0 / IEEE 1394a / 1394b

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The LaCie Big Disk Extreme with Triple Interface delivers seriously impressive capacity while reaching transfer rates that are up to 50 percent faster than 1st generation regular FireWire 800 drives. With FireWire 800, FireWire 400, and Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interfaces, this plug & play hard drive can help you share data among the widest range of user platforms. Achieve a transparent, built-in RAID 0 array without complicated configuration with its compact 5.25” 1U design. Use it to store presentations, archive image banks or pre-press files, or exchange audio/video projects. The combination of Extreme speed and huge capacity make it ideal for audio/video professionals working on large-scale editing projects or wanting to chain FireWire or iLink DV cameras. This is a great performer of the LaCie family, and capable of handling almost anything you throw at it. Bring it home today!

  • newegg Great Connectivity The LACIE Big Disk Extreme features one USB 2.0, one IEEE 1394a (FireWire 400) and two IEEE 1394b (FireWire 800) ports for maximum data transfer speeds and plug-and-play connectivity.
  • newegg Built-in RAID 0 Array The built-in RAID 0 array delivers super-fast performance without the need for complicated configuration work.
  • newegg Flexible Placement The LACIE Big Disk Extreme can stand upright, or be stacked or rack-mounted for convenient sharing among multiple users and environments.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
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  • Zoltan C.
  • 2/7/2007 9:19:40 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsPoor product and customer service

Pros: Heavy enough to use as a doorstop or bookend.

Cons: Horrible and arrogant customer service.

Other Thoughts: LaCie's tech service is horrible. The tech loves to argue and attempt to make you feel like an idiot. This guy thought he was doing me a favor for fixing their useless drive after two failures. I explained to him that a drive that fails so readily is fundamentally flawed and there are plenty of people on the web who are going through the same issues I am with this drive. Well he didn't want to hear it and said people write all kinds of things on the internet - as if we're all delusional.

I told him I was not interested in returning the drive again for a third time. It was a problematic drive and needed to be replaced. I told him that if he had nothing else to offer - he was basically losing a customer. Well - he had nothing else to offer. I'm in search of a new, reliable hard drive. My money down the toilet. Do yourself a favor and do not buy any LaCie products. Their Cust service is the worst!!!

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  • Joseph S.
  • 1/31/2007 2:20:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsFaulty Design + Horrible Support = LaCie

Pros: Excellent blunt weapon if a robber invades your home

Cons: Will introduce you to a new low in customer support

Other Thoughts: To make a long story short, after wasting countless hours dealing with LaCie's "customer service" department, I came to the realization that LaCie has the worst customer service department (policy? culture? call it what you will) I have ever had the misfortune to experience.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/16/2007 6:50:35 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsDon't buy LACIE

Pros: Look if Apple had something to do with their cases. hummmmmmm.

Cons: I think that Lacie kicks their units around a little bit before sending them off for sale. I had 3 video editors at my last job and 2 of the units had dual drives in Raid 0 and another one was a single 250gb enclosure. I had both of the Raided units loose one of two WD brand drives that were internal. That cost us about $1600 and $2200 each to recover the commerical video that the graphics people stored on them. WD makes good stuff and I've only ever had 1 problem using them in 10 years. But 2 Lacie Raid's breaking because of drive failure within 6 months for them both is too strange. The cost of recovery equaled the cost of a NAS system that currently have from Dell...and that was the cheapest recovery cost around at the time. Some wanted 3 to 4 times what I paid to recover the data.

Other Thoughts: Don't buy. Purcahse from the manufacture of the drives like, Mxxxor, Sxxxate, or Wxxxern Dxxxtal if you need an external enclosure. Leave Lacie and others out because their only repackaging others drives...not to mention their support stunk!

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  • Noah H.
  • 7/10/2006 6:47:26 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsWorks great, light doesn't turn on though

Pros: Drive is fast, reliable, plenty of connectivity options, I use both PC and Mac for DV/HD video editing, never had a problem with it

Cons: Does get relatively hot, but my other Lacie drives get hotter, the light on the front of it never is on, not a problem but just worried me a bit when I first got it...had it for about 8 months so far, thinking about getting another but I'll probably just get something with eSATA

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  • James F.
  • 7/1/2006 6:12:43 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsStay away from Lacie

Pros: 2 still going out of 8

Cons: I bought 3 Lacies. All 3 died within months of each other. Lacie replaced all 3. 2 more died. Lacie replaced 1. I took apart the other to see what the hey!.

Other Thoughts: All these returns cost be alot of extra money. Plus when I would e-mail them to complain, after awhile they would return with smarta$$ replies trying to blame me.

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  • Kelly M.
  • 5/29/2006 2:16:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

2 out of 5 eggsDesign Flaw

Pros: So far the only thing going is the price.

Cons: I've just bought this product today and looked at the product and was wondering why the case was putting out a lot of heat after I hooked it up for a little while. I found out there is no fan circulating the air through to dissipate the heat. Bad news number one. I've read the current reviews and found them disheartening. So I decided to crack the seal and see why there are so many bad reviews for failures. All they did was raid the two 250 gb hard drives together. It's not even a single 500 gb one. Bad number 2. Looking at the case and the interior I've noticed the small 1.5 inch air port in the back was way too small and the LaCie site said the aluminum case helps dissipates heat. It may, but two hard drives pump out too much heat for the case to remove. Plus the so called air vents in the heat are pretty much covered up. This bad number 3.

Other Thoughts: If you're gonna buy this for the price be wary on the how much these two bad boys push out.

By the way there are 2 maxtor drives in this one.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/24/2006 5:20:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsHorridly unreliable hardware!

Pros: Quick setup, PC and Mac interchangable, integrates well with Mac, fast transfer speeds

Cons: I own about 10 of these drives. Over half of them have died on me. Drives have failed, wires have shorted and burned the whole thing, power connectors break, drives will stop turning on. Very unreliable, do not store important data on these.

Other Thoughts: These drives do not take heavy usage well. The hardware seems cheaply built due to the wide range of hardware failures I have experienced. I believe better (and cheaper) options are out there for external hard drives.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/16/2006 10:33:15 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsSweet but beware of bad shutdowns

Pros: A good PnP hard drive for WINDOWS OS. Can transfer 50GB of files within 40 minutes or 200GB in 2 hours.

Cons: If you don't have a proper shutdown of your computer, you will have to troubleshoot the problem. Your computer will have an "unknown device" error. Just go to the Lacie website for the fix.

Other Thoughts: I am a technical expert, those that complain about it getting hot, may want to keep it away from other things that wouldn't allow for heat to disperse. Those that do not do a proper shutdown of their computer can expect their HDD to crash. Lastly, those that only work with certain aspects of the computer industry really should ask an expert before complaining about a product.

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  • bryan n.
  • 1/29/2006 4:49:09 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsnot a bad experience yet

Pros: -reliable as of yet
-spins down when power is cut to device it's hooked up to or when not connected to one
-insanely huge storage. carry around some HD or an entire SDTV project or two

Cons: -does run moderately hot when not sleeping
-fast, but not as fast as internal HDD RAID-0 striping (half way in between 1 HDD and striping)

Other Thoughts: at my freelance workplace we've been using the 4 or 5 smaller LaCie drives (plus a few more off-brands) and one Big Disk Extremes, daily the last 6-8 months (i personally use the smaller drives extensively and the Big Drive just a few times). as i'm the PC guy (and general "hack" guy) i'm the one they come running to when HDDs crash (usually on the workstations) and i haven't been called in for issues with the Big Drive. suffice to say, our experience has been the opposite of the previous reviews. the only different thing about our setup is that we run 6 Macs (everything from G5 iMacs to G4 MDDs and a PowerMac Dual G5), as well as plain P4 and Xeon. the Macs' spindown (when in sleep mode) or in general when disconnected sure appears to save the drives heat-related wear and tear.

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  • Peter K.
  • 1/26/2006 8:20:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsBeware of LaCie!!!!

Pros: Looks great.

Cons: I have 5 LaCie drives. My 200gb drive crashed two months ago and this one partially crashed yesterday. I am a professional photographer who stores 1,000's of images on a drive. I bought LaCie thinking it was great. I am now faced with switching all my images to another company's hard drive. Don't trust these drives... also they use everyone else's internals... from Western Digital to Seagate.

Other Thoughts: NewEgg is the best!!! The best prices and service.

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