Summary: The La Cie 1 TB hard drive appears to be working fine. It was not hard to set up. Partitioned for Mac & Windows willl work in both. So fa everything is fine. Just what I needed to back up & transport my files.
Excerpt: I use this product to back up large photo files on my Mac book Pro and transfer those files to my desktop Mac Pro. The MacBook Pro is the new model with USB3 and Thunderbolt connections, my desktop mac pro is an older model with FireWire 800.
Excerpt: The interfaces I've tried work quickly and reliably on my Windows XP and Windows 7 systems. Data transfers are fast - limited by my computer drivers, but still fast enough. Haven't dropped it yet, so can't testify to the ruggedness.