Fast, fairly cost-effective way to get Thunderbolt storage
Joe Shapiro, Amazon
22 September 2013
Summary: I got this to speed my workflow for the 48 Hour Film Project and it didn't disappoint. I modified it - and voided the warranty - by removing the two hard drives and replacing them with SSDs. About doubled the performance and removed the concern of dropping it and having a head crash. Unlikely I know, but it's a benefit. Note that the cable ends do get pretty hot.
Summary: >> It's been 5 months now since I wrote this below. Still working very fast, and like a dream. The noise still hasn't gotten to me. BUT, I am very careful to not open and operate on the device. I tried on a lessor LaCie unit and it forever broke. They're not really made to be manhandled like that, except by a consummate pro, and I thought I was. They really are very intricate.
Summary: I bought a refurbished one of these. Gets pretty good speeds when in raid-0, topping out at about 195 MB/s. The problem that I have with it is that the tiny little fan on the back of it is pretty loud (I can hear it over my mac pro and the fan in my office). If it weren't so loud I would have given it a 5. I currently have it hooked up to my MBA to use as a scratch drive. The design is great- this is a solid piece of equipment.
Summary: I purchased this LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt drive in a 2TB capacity in order to edit video on my MacBook Pro with Retina Display. I had previously been using an older FireWire 800 drive with a Thunderbolt to FireWire adapter, but found the speeds to be abysmally slow. That drive also spun at 5400 RPM.
Summary: Okay, I just got this and have to say that I am impressed by the size and sleek design of the HD. After formatting the hard drive, I was less than impressed to see that there was only 465.17 GB available for storage. I just thought potential buyers would like to know that. I transferred a 80MB music folder from my computer hard drive to the new LaCie external in about 2 seconds, so it seems pretty fast right out of the package.
Summary: It works. The features are not as good as some other products from Western Digital and Seagate, but if all you need is a basic drive to store some files, the Lacie drive works fine. The case can get quite warm, but I think all the portable drives get warm. I've had it for about 2 days. Despite the long list of minor cons, I would recommend this drive given a good price. Pros: - Quiet @ idle. - Competitive price (don't need to wait for a sale.
Summary: Although this is a nice drive for the money, I really wish the firewire model would have been available for roughly the same amount of money. I have both, an older firewire drive, and now the USB2 model. I spent a little time reviewing benchmark test for both standards and was amazed to discover that even though USB2 tech specs list out out at even faster transfer speed the real time test showed much slower rates.
Summary: I have a laptop with 80GB capacity, with an additional external 80GB HDD. I was searching for a very high-capacity, low-priced, portable, average-sized external HDD for quite some time. When I found LaCie for that price, I just grabbed it. I've had it for a month now and I've used it quite extensively. It actually is not as big as it looks in the picture! Setting up was very easy - the manual is quite useful. It starts and shuts down quickly at the press of a button.