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.
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.
Drive seems fine, but Thunderbolt broke after < 6 Months.
24 November 2013
Summary: Purchased this in May 2013 as one of the only "affordable" Thunderbolt drives then available. I have a 2011 Macbook Pro w/1 Thunderbolt & only USB2.0, so using the Thunderbolt connection was the main reason I went w/this instead of the numerous other USB3/Firewire options. Drive worked great at first, although the included backup software is pretty awful. Probably should've just used Time Machine or Carbon Copy Cloner.
Summary: I purchased this and within a year the USB 3 socket began having intermittent outages, causing the drive to be ejected prematurely. I sent it to Lacie which said they repaired it. But when I got it back, the socket and cable still would go out intermittently. Fortunately the Thunderbolt socket and cable works fine. Since I'm a Mac user I can use the Thunderbolt socket and cable and otherwise the drive works fine. But I just can't rely on the USB3 connection.