Summary: It's all true. The drive just drops off the radar for no reason. The internal power connection is faulty. Nothing is worse than having one bum wire as the downfall of your 2 TB project. Buy G drives. They are the last truly reliable external hard drive manufacturer out there. You can afford not to buy this.
Summary: I am returning this drive after 1 day of ownership. The drive dismounts spontaneously and a search for tech support on the La Cie website was nothing but an unending circle of links that always returned to the same web page. There is nobody home. I was never able to enter an info such as a problem description and, needless to say, won't be waiting for a response. Total ripoff!
Summary: I purchased this unit and it worked for less than a year then failed to work. It won't be recognised by the computer because the plugin connection was detached. Sent to company for repair but was sent back without touching. Spent many hours online contacting with technical services and customer services. The reason they refuse to repair as they claimed is that the case was opened.
Summary: LaCie's products have been failing miserably in the last year or so. We order over 100 hard drives in the last couple of years. They used to be reliable, but now they are failing after a year or two. I recently ordered around 10 of them. 5 have failed on and off. They are unreliable. They dismount constantly, they become "invisible", they are being unable to reformat, etc. Also dealing with their customer service is unbearable.
Summary: I bought this hard disk as my backup option. I stored all my pictures and music and audio which was less than 500 MB. Just after 3 months my lapton stopped detecting the hard disk. I have tried using other computers and laptops as well and still same result. Is there any option for me left. If somebody can help me out, I will change the rating on basis of customer support.
Summary: Set-up fails to initialize, leaving you with the task of reformatting the disk yourself. This isn't hugely time-consuming, but is fairly involved. LaCie will give you the instructions, but won't do it for you without a charge. Dunno about you, but I didn't buy an external hard-drive to do work, should be plug-and-play, just like the 6 iOmega's and 3 WD hard-drives I already have. Keep it.
Summary: LaCie drives generally get good reviews as being high quality products and that's what you expect for the higher than usual price, even on Amazon. I bought the drive to use primarily as a backup drive for use with Time Machine which seems to work fine. But I have three issues with the drive: First, it requires a power supply plugged into the wall. Most drives at this price draw their power from the USB 3.0 port and do not require a separate power supply.
Summary: I own 4 other LaCie drives and didn't expect trouble, so unfortunately I didn't test it as soon as I got it. I was having a bunch of super 8 home movies converted into digital files and needed a drive for the vendor to backup to. But when the files where ready, I plugged in the disk - just to register it - and it wouldn't mount. In fact, it made a screeching noise and went quiet.
Save Your Money Unless You Just Want The Hard Drive
E. Parker "Just the facts", Amazon
21 September 2012
Summary: This is my second and last LaCie external drive. Both had power failures after the year mark. On this one, I noticed the drive disappeared one day recently when I received an error message to properly eject drives on the Mac. Looked at it and saw it was powered off. That was a little weird. I powered it back on, and it appeared again. In a moment of foresight, I had ordered a WD replacement external drive.