Summary: So I needed to back up approximately 450 gigabytes of high definition helmet camera videos to clear space on my laptop. Picked up the LaCie Minimus because the space (2TB) and price were a good fit. I understood it would take a fair amount of time to complete the back up, and it did. After several hours, it was roughly 35% complete, and I went to bed. When I woke up, I learned that the back up failed, so I had to start it again.
Summary: I bought this drive to hold my large collection of music and pictures. It worked wonderfully right out of the box and I quickly went about transferring files from my computer and another, older LaCie drive. The next morning the drive wouldn't turn on! I finally narrowed the problem down to the power supply and was able to get it replaced. The drive works just fine with the new power supply but it was scary to have that happen with a brand new storage drive.
Summary: Only had it since August, but it appears to be a solid drive. A tad slow (I believe its a 5,400), but it is quiet. I've had no problems with it. I got tired of short-lived Seagates and WDs (WD should be ashamed for continuing to sell their "book" drives--I had three fail after two years). I'm hoping Lacie will prove to be a solid performer. I don't mind paying a bit more for a good drive.
Summary: I purchased this drive in the erroneous belief that my fairly new MacBook Pro 2010 would be equipped with USB 3.0. It's not, which I could have figured out in advance, particularly given how slow Apple is to adopt other manufacturer's cutting edge technology. (e.g. how long we had to wait for SD ports and are still waiting for HD ports.) Mea culpa. Only MacBook Pro 17" owners will be able to add USB 3.0.