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LaCie Minimus 1TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive 301961

  • 1TB
  • USB 3.0
  • 2 years limited
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With the LaCie Minimus, you've got the power and performance of USB 3.0 combined with an ultra-compact size. Compared to other desktop drives, it's the smallest on the market, which makes it the perfect choice for users that enjoy their terabytes as much as their desk space. It's also easy to transfer HD movies, photos, and sound files with USB 3.0 - the fastest interface on the market. Since the LaCie Minimus is backward compatible with USB 2.0, it works on any PC or Mac.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years

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  • Phil H.
  • 1/29/2012 7:45:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsGarbage

Pros: It looked kind of cool?

Cons: I have owned this device for over two years, but rarely used it. was expanding my live music collection onto the device and converting music files into smaller ones to be stored on this device. accidently moved my laptop and the device fell off my bed to the floor, a whopping two feet down. Device no longer works. Yea, I dropped it, it sucks, my fault. BUT I own other similar devices that have taken more then just a 2 foot fall, several times and still work great.

Other Thoughts: Dont buy Lacie, buy a WD, they are far more rugged and reliable in my experience. Its easy to rationalize that this device will stay on a desk and never move. However, a day will come when your reorganizing your desk/wires/etc and this sucker gets pulled off and crashes to the ground, taking all the files on it with it. dont take the chance.

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  • Donald O.
  • 5/26/2011 6:59:26 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsLacie

Pros: Started out fine

Cons: After a month this unit did not appear on my computer and the Lacie support was a headache that led no where....I just returned it.

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  • Patrick N.
  • 5/5/2011 11:43:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Looks, feels sexy. Great body.

Cons: It's unfortunately what's on the inside that counts.
Drive stopped working three weeks in with light use at home. Perfect environment and no abuse. About to go through warrantee nightmare.

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  • Gregory H.
  • 4/21/2011 5:34:48 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsMac compatible with a caveat

Pros: 1 tb drive relatively reasonably priced
comes out of box ready to work with Windows and Mac OS
compact design with tough aluminum shell

Cons: nothing in the description says you're limited to 32gb of space that a Mac can read; I think that's pretty shady. If you're not aware that the only format type that Macs and PCs can read to is FAT32, which limits the Mac writable section to 32gb, this is a big surprise (I knew Macs could only write to FAT32*, but forgot the drive is limited to 32gb).
If I'd known this, I would've boguht a cheaper tb drive.
(*What I mean here is that you're relegated to FAT32 to use with a PC as well as Mac)

Other Thoughts: The manufacturer needs to let people know that Macs can only write to 32gb on this drive. It can, however, READ from the rest of the drive, which is why I'm not returning it. Once I hit that 32gb the Mac can write to, I'll just have to find a workaround to write more. For now it's no problem, since my PC has most of our big files, like photos and music.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/4/2011 4:23:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsBeautiful Design

Pros: Beautiful minimalist design. All the way from the power button to the discreet bezel LaCie accent. I love the brushed aluminum finish and the compact size. It is well built and came in some of the most elegant packaging I've seen in a while (outside of Apple).

Cons: When you buy this external enclosure they make you buy a hard drive with it...

Other Thoughts: I bought this product specifically for the enclosure. It's 3.0 and the cleanest designed external drive that I've seen. It now houses a 300 Gb Western Digital Velociraptor and runs cool. Mine came with a Seagate Barracuda 9SL154-515. Don't buy this for the hard drive. You buy this for it's beauty in industrial design.

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  • Greg B.
  • 4/3/2011 5:02:42 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat so far

Pros: Despite arriving with a smashed in shipping box courtesy of UPS, this drive is functioning just fine. I've copied a couple hundred gigs of files to it so far and it never gets more than warm. I went for the LaCie because I wanted a high quality enclosure. The aluminum does look nice and presumably helps to keep it cool.

Cons: None, really. I'll update this if it dies or something.

Other Thoughts: I formatted this drive to HFS Plus ("Mac OS Extended (Journaled)") using the included setup assistant. Just reboot if it leaves a folder stuck on your desktop. I haven't gotten to try using the USB 3 yet. It is a Hitachi drive, and while a usually go for Western Digital or Seagate I figure it's got a 2 year warranty so I might as well give 'em a shot.

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  • Mark E.
  • 3/8/2011 5:29:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsLa Cie 1tb Minimus

Pros: Quick plug and play

Cons: I bought the Minimus because I read LaCie was using Samsung hard drives. The two I just bought have Hitachi drives.

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  • David S.
  • 12/28/2010 7:15:43 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsStyle and Grace

Pros: This is 1TB and USB 3.0, what's better than the newest USB 3.0, besides eSata, but USB 3.0 is at least compatible with USB 2.0 ports. Defiantly one of the most compact desktop drives I know of if not the most. The USB 3.0 Cable is a decent length unlike some of their previous model cables. The plug is international.

Cons: To be honest, none there is no Cons, I love this drive.

Other Thoughts: By far one of my favorite drives, and I have plenty external hard drives as well as internal drives. I love the minimalist design to this drive. Simple, flashy and not at the same time.

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  • Raymundo G.
  • 12/3/2010 2:37:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs3 day shipping not accurate

Pros: have yet to try it

Cons: shipping delayed for no specific reasonl. i hope this is not an indication of the product i'm about to receive or the company that sold it

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  • Eric F.
  • 10/22/2010 10:45:59 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA Great External Drive

Pros: This is a really nice external hard drive from LaCie. They have had a great reputation and I can stand by it. I bought a USB 3.0 card for my pc to take advantage of the increased speed. This drive achieved 108mb/s read and 87mb/s write with USB 3.0 The drive cant go much faster since thats the fastest it can go in general so you are getting the full potential out of it. It looks good and under intense use it stays moderately warm but it doesn't get too hot.

Cons: No cons yet. Great Drive.

Other Thoughts: I work at a video studio and we only use LaCie External Drives. We have probably a hundred drives laying around and out of 100 no more than 10 have died prematurely. We use these LaCie drives aggressively like regular desktop hard drives

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