it is very sturdy and portable in a check-in bag without damage from ...
8 February 2014
Summary: It works exactly as described...unfortunately it works too well. I used this for my home and was the sole user, so I registered 8 fingertips. I also set the password. But should you forget your password and you didn't set your biometric print, LaCie customer support will be unable to help you. The most they can do is do a data swipe of your data and reset it to factory setting to allow you to reset your password.
Summary: This drive doesn't mount to my Macbook Pro. I Googled "Lacie rugged won't mount Mac" at it turns out this is a huge problem and there doesn't seem to be a fix. There is a chance it will work fine, but when so many people are having issues with this drive I'd recommend choosing a different HD
Summary: The user set up is a little cumbersome, in that it requires a fingerprint even if you're just creating a username and password. For example, if you want to send a drive to someone far away, you can set up a username and password, but it still requires a fingerprint to finalize the setup of that user. It's not like the recipient is going to cut off their finger and Fed Ex it to you. Well, most situations wouldn't call for this kind of security.
Summary: Unfortunately this drive is of no use to me for my MacBook Pro. I am unable to use the LaCie Safe Manager software because it does not recognize the drive. After researching the mac forums I have found out that many others have this problem and finally someone was able to get info from LaCie on the issue: "This issue is that the Safe Manager program doesn't support 64 bit, and the new Macbook Pro runs natively in 64 bit mode.
Summary: The LaCie Rugged SAFE is very durable and secure. Although device-level encryption slows transfer rates, the drive is still faster than my old USB 2.0 thanks to the FireWire 800 port. All and all, it's an excellent hard drive and was a snap to setup on OS X Lion 10.7 in 32-bit mode (hold down 3 and 2 at startup). The support on the website was also excellent.
Summary: I just received this product a few days ago and plugged it in last night - started my time machine backup which the first time transfer is 349GB of data - checked back on it about 24 hours later and it has just finished. All future time-machine backups will be much smaller so the speed of transfer shouldn't be a problem. I'm using the firewire 800 connection, and looking forward to (crossing-fingers) years to come of trouble-free time machine backups.
Summary: It takes multiple tries to mount this thing. I use the firewire 800 on my mac. I also had to try thee times before it successfully set up after I bought it. I do not suggest this drive to anyone. Unless, of course you're storing information THAT private. And REALLY needs this encryption. I have tried multiple cables. I have not, however, used the USB port. But at the same time, even if it did mount easier, I have no use for USB.
Summary: The external HDD doesn't mount now on my Mac or on Windows 7. Has a weird anomaly: -after taking it out from USB+power cord/FW port, I can plug it again and I'm able to add is as a device only after 1h. Doesn't work instantly after it's unplugged and plugged back. Probably a hardware issue -while is protected (password and fingerprint), I plug the FW port into my MacBook Pro, the LED blinks in green 5 times and then gets red.
Summary: Don't let that other 1 star review sway you. These drives are great. Yes, they are slower than an unencrypted drive, but the encryption is worth it. Plus you can have up to 10 fingerprints authorized for 10 different users to access the drive, as well as setting admin privileges for each user, etc.