Summary: I am using this as a external hard drive when using Time Machine on my sister's Macbook Pro mid-2009 model. All I had to do was connect it to the Macbook, reformat the hard drive, and did a backup. Unfortunately, her Macbook only supports USB2.0 so it took about 2.5hrs to do a complete backup. The exterior is just one small chunk of aluminum. Not sure if this provides any real protection but it looks really slick.
Excerpt: This LaCie hard drive is perfect for backing up precious photos on the go. I shoot a large number of photos with my Nikon D800. The photo files are often very sizable. If I have time between shoots to do preliminary edits and digital markups, I often need a compact hard drive to backup my work while I am away from the "cloud". This LaCie hard drive is compact and rugged; just the thing for this application.
Pros: Easy To Install, Fast, Highly Compatible, Quiet, Reliable, rugged
Summary: I buy these LaCie Porsche drives as Time Machine Backups for my MacBookPro laptops. The drives have 1TB of space and they are backing up laptops with 500GB drives. This is the best solution that I have found for backing up a laptop in a cost effective manner. The USB 3.0 is plenty fast for backing up files but I can tell you that it feels like forever when you have to recover an entire laptop. Speed is not why I continue to buy these drives - it is reliability.
Excerpt: don't even bother with any other mobile drive -they mostly have plastic covers and are not well made-this one is a propper-real mckoy well made,with a metal casing(A RARITY)-buY this and you won't regret it-and support a good manufacturer too! i now have several,and now i don't ever buy powered drives any more- a+++++++++++++ from me!
Pros: Durable, Fast Connectivity, Quiet, Reliable, Versatile
Summary: The main reason I paid premium for this product because it is virtually noiseless. I also have identical model drive with 1TB capacity that is 3 months old. So far, both drives work well. And these are very good-looking drives. You can buy other brands that would be just as reliable and would cost 50-60% less, but you would not get a noiseless drive and nice looks.