Excerpt: I got this hard drive to bring along while I travel. It is a nice compact and rugged drive, perfect for traveling. I plan on backing up my important files before I leave home and take the LaCie with me. Using Windows File Explored, it is easy to place and retrieve files on the LaCie.
Summary: This drive seems really solid. I bought it to backup files on the go. The speed is great. Also, the public/private software is very handy, as I keep some of my private files in a password-protected partition, and the rest of the data on the drive, such as photos and videos can be easily shared.
Excerpt: my travel schedule means my data comes with me. I got tired of losing portable drives that were not RUGGED. I'm not certain if this is 'steady state' under the hood, but I do know that these LACIE devices are GREAT! I've purchased earlier versions of this device for work, then got some for home. I know it sounds odd, but my family now has a little orange device near each computer.
Pros: Easy To Install, Fast, Highly Compatible, Quiet, Reliable