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LACIE Rugged SAFE 500GB 2.5" USB 2.0 / Firewire800 Secure All–Terrain External Hard Drive Model 301491

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  • Model 301491
  • USB 2.0 / Firewire800
  • 2.5"
  • 500GB

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The LaCie Rugged SAFE features all-point data protection. It boasts shock-proof rugged design. Encryption prevents unauthorized access, even if it is removed from the enclosure. Biometric and password protection ensure only authorized users gain access to your data. It is available with HDD model and SSD model (only 250GB version). The SSD model lets you move data fast and keep it highly secure, even if it's dropped while turned on. So perfect, it will be an appeal to a wide range of users. 

  • newegg All-Points Data Protection With the LaCie Rugged Safe, your data is protected both physically, and with a powerful encryption algorithm. Based on the award-winning LaCie Rugged design, created by industrial designer Neil Poulton, the LaCie Rugged Safe provides one of the toughest, strongest and most secure solutions on the market. Its rubber sleeve and internal rubber bumpers make your hard disk shock-resistant and its aluminum shell protects against scratches.
  • newegg SSD: Ultimate Performance and Durability Opt for the SSD version for ultimate durability and improved transfer speeds, as well as a wider operating temperature range. Unlike hard drives, the Rugged Safe SSD protects your data even if it falls off your desk while turned on. With no moving parts, SSDs feature excellent protection against vibration and drops, giving you the ultimate in physical security against any misfortune. SSDs also deliver significant gains in seek time, letting you access and transfer files faster than with hard drives. This 500GB version is a HDD. 250GB version is a SSD.
  • newegg Hardware Encryption Protection The LaCie Rugged Safe secures your data with AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) 128-bit hardware encryption, rendering the drive impenetrable even if it is removed from its enclosure. Thanks to this technology ratified by the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), you can transfer and transport your sensitive data with no concerns for unauthorized access or intellectual property theft.
  • newegg Data Access Safeguard With added biometric authentication technology, the LaCie Rugged Safe guarantees total protection for your highly confidential files. The protection is way more than just a password; the fingerprint access is an unbreakable code to make your data invulnerable. Once registered, a simple finger swipe locks and unlocks the LaCie Rugged Safe. Up to ten different users can be registered, with customized access privileges such as user administration or simple read/write access.
  • newegg Connect Anywhere The Rugged Safe is cross-platform, which lets it work on any Mac or PC. Pre-formatted in FAT 32, this powerful and flexible storage vault offers the speed of FireWire 800 along with the convenient FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 interfaces for true universal connectivity. Developed to be the best mobile solution, the Rugged Safe is bus-powered and plug & play: simply configure it once and use it on any workstation.

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Rugged SAFE



Physical Spec

Form Factor


USB 2.0 / Firewire800


Biometric authentication: up to ten users
128–bit AES hardware encryption for full data protection
Bus–powered and compatible with Mac and PC
Shock–proof rugged design
Design by Neil Poulton
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Rodney C.
  • 8/16/2010 4:23:40 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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1 out of 5 eggsUnbelievably SLOOOOW

Pros: This drive has some nice features. I went from the standard Safe Drive to this one because of the rugged features. I'm always on the move and working between home, work, on the road, and multiple computers. I've never had problems but thought I've been pushing my luck for the last few years without incident so I thought it was time to upgrade to the rugged version, just in case...

Cons: Unbelievably SLOOOOOOW, and I do mean REALLY REALLY slow. I've tried it configured several ways now. Both NTFS and Fat32, and on Windows 7 vs. Windows XP. Always the same extremely SLOW results. On my old drive, an excel spreadsheet will open immediately, on this drive, it can take up to a minute to open.

Other Thoughts: To Lacie - definately a swing and miss on this drive. Everyting else I've bought from Lacie has been top knotch, but not this drive.

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