Summary: if the USB 3.0 is working really great, the Thunderbolt never worked at all! I tried it on 3 different MAC with 2 different cables ! the plug on the mac is heating like creasy but the HD never mounted :-( so I still use it a lot with the USB3 for final cut X movie processing living in France I tried to have it replace here when under guaranty but as it was bought in the US… NO WAY to even get it fixed!
Summary: Based on the specifications, and the reviews of this storage device on Amazon, I bought two to solve my storage needs (at different times). Plus I also liked and it's perceived `ruggedness' of said product. The first device died after having it for the less than 24 hours! It appears the controller card failed. The second drive lasted 6 months, it never failed but the heat issues were such that you could burn yourself, and hence I returned it.
Excerpt: This is my third LaCie Rugged drive, and at some point they all developed problems, mainly with the cable connectors failing. I like the rubberised design, but they have other weak spots. Have also had problems with Lacies Quadra drives, so have decided they don't deserve any more of my money. Have to replace two Rugged drives now and decided to go for the the Buffalo Ministation Extreme, where the cable is attached to the enclosure, eliminating a weak spot.
Summary: Inside the case, the USB port is attached by nothing more than a quick solder and of course after very few uses, it wiggled its way right off and disconnected itself! I am currently deployed and was unable to return it to be fixed by the warranty, so we popped the case only to discover it wasn't a simple click back in but a solder job. Now I am searching for someone with a solder iron. UGH!!
Summary: I bought this and it works.... when you can get it to actually connect. I suspect that there is a problem with the USB port on the one I received. I have used this product in the past for work and it was excellent. But this one purchased for personal use...it was just disappointing.
Summary: I liked this drive a lot, until it suddenly stopped working on me for no discernible reason. Despite its billing as "Rugged", I treated it carefully; I never dropped it, and I never did anything which might be considered pushing the envelope. It just crapped out and stopped working, taking away with it some of my special memories, precious family photographs, and hours upon hours of work product.
USB Connection Strips Out: Not Rugged Enough For Dekstop Use
Michael Femia, Amazon
10 March 2014
Summary: 2 stars for working when it stays plugged in. Minus 3 stars for losing me a lot of work. The USB connection on the device-side very quickly became stripped out with normal use. It is to the point where if I bump my desk with my chair, or the USB cable changes shape in any way, the cable falls out of place in the device, and my Photoshop scratch disk goes bye-bye.
Summary: So I like many other people got this drive for the speed...the thunderbolt speed. Of course I knew it would have some limitations based on it being an HDD and being a 5400rpm drive at that, but I figured it would have SOME degree of improvement over what I currently have. The read and write speeds in testing (107MBs Read, 106MBs write in Black magics disk speed tester tool) show that theoretically this drive should knock the socks off of my other drives...Well...
Summary: This external hard drive is way slower than advertised or expected. I am using it with my brand new 13 inch late 2013 macbook pro. The macbook computer has excellent write/reads speeds but not even the original Apple Thunderbolt cable is any help for this external hard drive. USB 3.0 gives me around 60 mb/s and Thunderbolt about 100 mb/s.