Summary: recommended over the western digital alternative, with only USB 3. you can install windows onto this since it's esata, unlike the WD external drives. the wd drives are made of cheap glossy plastic which show scratches easily and electrostatic attract dust within the moment the protective plastic is removed. i bought a WD and had it returned the next day. this is the best ext drive case, and 7200rpm to boot. spend the extra money to get something you wont be disappointed.
Pros: Silent, Massive Heatsink. Svelte. Does not attract dust. Durable, Firewire, USB3 and Ext SATA
Summary: Pretty early to report on the robustness of this drive. However, in case anyone is interested, I successfully connected this drive to my Shaw Gateway box as a PVR expander. I just followed the directions from the Shaw website, https://community.shaw.ca/docs/DOC-1049#solution1. The Gateway detected the drive, and prompted to format it, which took about 10 minutes. (I had previously formatted it with one large NTFS partition.
Summary: I put this on my Christmas wish list, and was lucky enough to receive it as a very nice gift. Unfortunately, I wish I hadn't as I could think of much better things to do with $400. First off, the solid metal design of the drive is very nice and expensive feeling (how much does it really matter though as it sits tucked away on my desk). However, the bright blue flashing light is annoying, and I'm sure somebody with it in their bedroom would hate it.
Summary: The LaCie 4Tb Thunderbolt Drive is a fine machine but unfortunately mine was delivered with a damaged screw holding the drive innards to the inside of case. Will be sending it back and re-ordering it. The box appeared unopened so I can only guess that's the way it left the factory.
Summary: I purchased this drive from my local mac store and I am very pleased. The drive transfer times are extremely fast with the thunderbolt cable. It is great too that the drive actually comes with a usb 3.0 cable and thunderbolt cable, so theres no need to purchase one. The only thing I don't particularly like about the drive is that it can be noisy from time to time and it also only has one thunderbolt port, so unfortunately you can't daisy chain drives.