Summary: I bought two for backing up my computer. The first one simply stopped working -- within two days! The second worked but had a firmware glitch that I later found documented on different forums: for the latest Mac Os the hard drive spins down to save power (good) but then does not spin back up (very very bad for a disk that you might use for external backups). This is a real pity as I have had great success with Lacie in the past, and was willing to pay a premium for it.
Summary: I am having a lot of trouble using this drive to backup to thru timemachine for the mac. I can get it to work after force ejecting the drive, deleting a pref then turning off time machine, then restarting time machine... Also had issue with the drive simply turning off...? What's up with that? Isn't there a drive I can buy that just stays on!
Summary: I purchase items from Amazon weekly and have never bothered to write a review on anything, but this product and company are so horrible, I felt it was important to share my experience. I purchased this Lacie so-called "rugged" hard drive in May 2011, right before my honeymoon to use as my back up hard drive.
Summary: Although the drive was purchased in March; we've only been using it for the last three months. Last week the drive failed and we've lost all of the data that was on it. The drive never suffered any 'trauma'; was kept in the same place, same position; just failed. Trying to get 'support' from Lacie is extremely time consuming with them trying to get you to go to every possible 'paid' option for recovery, replacement, etc.; rather than just addressing your problem.
Summary: I've been using one of these for almost a year and a half now, and now the drive is slowly starting to fail: it frequently disconnects from my laptop and I have to power-cycle it, and certain files take absolutely forever to read/copy (probably because they're on areas of the disk that the drive is having trouble reading).
Beware, Backup & Backup Again: LaCie's Hard Drives Increasingly Fail
Mi-Fi "Mi-Fi", Amazon
8 May 2011
Summary: I purchased this drive with 1TB capacity & eSATA interface in June of 2010. I'm a DJ & digital media producer. I use both a MacBook Pro w/NTFS for Mac and a Sony Vaio notebook w/Windows Vista to access my media project library (900 GB of audio, video & photo files) stored on the LaCie Rugged XL. The eSATA connection was super fast and allowed non-latency editing of A/V projects directly to the drive.
Summary: If you like losing data, replacing cables and searching the internet to try and track down HD problems- Then this is the drive for you!!! I bought this drive in 2009 and have used it under 10 times- only to back up my system files once in a while. All of the ports except for the USB 2.0 stopped working last month (I even tried using new cables and using Disk Utility). Last week I bought a MacBook Pro and tried to transfer some of my files to the new computer.
Summary: My LaCie drive wouldn't power up at first. I finally got it to power up and be recognized by my computer, so I started putting data on the drive (I know now that was very stupid.) The next day, the power light would glow when plugged in, but the drive itself would not spin, and will not spin even after many repeated tries. I've lost all the data, and now can only hope for a refund. I should have paid attention to the other reviews that are similar.
Summary: I used to be a firm believer in LaCie. I owned this drive for about 3 months, and it worked fine as expected. But, I updated to Snow Leopard on both of my Mac Book Pro's for the sake of being able to get the most out of my system and updated software, and the drive never showed up again on the desktop. It simply ceased to interface with my computers. I can only access the info on my 2003 PowerBook G4, which is already standing on it's last legs.