Pros: The multiple interface options allows the drive to work with any computer. The firewire connection allows for one cable to run between the drives and the computer The rack mount option keeps the drives off the desk and allows for adequate cooling.
Summary: I did some serious research before buying this drive. I really wanted a drive that supported FW800 too. The drive is fast, fast, fast. However, it's also loud. I have an iMAC (2007 ver.) which is whisper quiet. The LaCie drive is easily 5x louder than the computer. Luckily, it can be turned off via a switch on the back.
Summary: I was a little hesitant about this drive based on some of the reviews. However after talking with a number of people, and based on my previous good experiences with Lacie. I decided to go ahead and get it. I'm using through the FW800 interface (which is great as it's a port I otherwise would not use) as a Time Machine back up volume with Mac OS X. The drive is reasonably quiet and has performed flawlessly so far doing hourly system backups.
Summary: As of this writing, you can get the predecessor LaCie 500Gb HDD for $115 shipped. It's a very nice unit that is extremely cost efficient, but with one drawback: it gets very hot when used for a long while. Otherwise, it's a fine and reliable hard disk drive. So, why pay $70 more for this new Quadra HDD that has the same size storage? First off, the older LaCie is only USB 2.0 compatible. Second, it has just an 8Mb cache.
Purchased for Mac OS X Leopard Time Machine Back Up
10 November 2007
Summary: With the release of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard due, I wanted a decent size external firewire drive for the new Time Machine backup feature. I purchased this one due to its size and the fact that its already formated in a mac format. Some people were having issues with the time machine feature not working because of other drives being in a windows format. It's not difficult to reformat the drive, but its just nice not having to.
LaCie drives are known for their short life span...
C. Cardenas "Editing on a Mac...", Amazon
5 November 2007
Summary: LaCie drives are known for their short lifespan... because of heat issues. I bought it because of price, with full knowledge of this. It seems to be working great now. And I am really hoping that what everyone told me will happen, doesn't happen. I use it for video editing, and it is great for that. The size, ruggedness of the metal case and variety of connections makes it very versatile and usefull... AT LEAST FOR NOW.
Summary: Bought mainly for a new iMac with fw800. I like the heavy duty metal case and simple design. Consistently get about 50MBs on read and writes. My only complaint is when the computer is placed in standby/sleep mode the Quadra HD spins down but the internal fan continues to run. A little annoying when you expect everything to be off or in standby.
Summary: After I hooked this drive up (easy as pie) to my Mac, it started making an awful fan noise. I called LaCie and Beach Camera to see what they could do for me. Both companies were very acommodating, polite and eager to provide service. LaCie is where I sent it since they paid postage both ways. Within 2 weeks the drive came back fixed and quiet, very quiet. I would like to compliment LaCie and their customer service department for the timely, polite and fast service.