Summary: yest another failed LACIE drive. Rugged ? maybe in appearance, but not performance and they are prone to overheating. Repeated Failures 'just' outside the warranty period, so the innards do not match the exterior quality. Have had several of these, all treated with respect, and all have failed. Google LACIE & forums. would NOT recommend.
Summary: I would never recommend buying a Lacie Rugged. I have one which works fine for a bit, then seemingly at random it will fail to mount and the drive's registry needs to be rebuilt with software which costs about the same as the drive does (Allsoft's fantastic 'Disk Warrior'). I do video and graphic design on macs and brought it because another more flimsy portable drive failed.
Summary: Do not touch these with a bargepole. Lacie reneged on the 3 year warranty, do to a small depression on the aluminium protective casing,. The unit had a faulty hard disk and would not re-format.
Summary: I have owned several external drives over the years and this was the first 'rugged' drive that I have bought and the only one to go wrong within the warranty period. It has been treated very well - in fact it hasn't moved from my desk - so I can't comment on how rugged it is other than to say it has failed.
Summary: After using for about two months the usb port fell off and was unusable. Like others I have had dire customer service from Lacie. I had to return the hard drive to France - at my cost - and they have now lost it!!! They are rude and unhelpful. DO NOT BUY. The company is one of the worst I have ever dealt with.
Summary: I didn't purchase this item from Amazon however I purchased the exact same model available on offer today. I purchased the hard drive for 2 reasons, 1) I wanted it to be rugged and durable on the go and 2) I wanted a fair amount of space, with fast data transfer speeds (hence I bought the Firewire one instead of just the USB one). Whilst the product itself was decent value for money, I have to say that I wasn't impressed when I received it.
Summary: I purchased a LaCie Rugged 500GB All-Terrain Hard Disk, FW800 FW400 USB2.0, in December '09 as a Present for my daughter (a photographer). The USB port broke off 9inside the unit and LaCie referred me to d2 in Belgium who wanted 899 Euro(+tax) to retrieve the data, I returned to LaCie to express concern at the exorbitant price, the response of the person on the phone was 'Not our problem, we don't deal with Data retrieval, and, if you attempt to use anyone other than d2...
Mad As Hell Lou that was duped into buying this, Amazon
1 September 2010
Summary: Had 2 drirves which malfunctioned. Lacie support are ABSOLUTELY awful. For second drive it took over 5 weeks from contactin support to rececing a 'reconditioned' replacement drive, which is not working under Win7.
Summary: Auf keinen Fall kaufen. Lacie verbaut billige harddrives in schicke Gehäuse. Das Speichermedium selbst kommt immer über einen Dritthersteller. "Mann" weiß also nie was wirklich drin ist. Noch viel schlimmer jedoch sind die Controller in den Gehäusen: Durch Fehler im Datentransfer legt die Platte immer wieder den gesamten Rechner lahm, nix geht mehr. Führt zum Absturz von Programmen: Alle ungesicherten Daten offener Projekte gehen verloren.