Summary: SENT ME WRONG ONE .ALTHOUGH HE CHARGED ME FOR 2 TB SENT ME 1 TB . I CALLED HIM AND HE WAS ASKING ME TO RETURN AND SEND ANOTHER ONE. SO FAR NO LABELS TO SEND IT BACK. THE DEALER SHOULD REFUND EXCESS MONEY HE COLLECTED FOR 2 TB AND SENT 1TB RUGGED LACIEINSTEAD.
Summary: Overall a nice drive, but don't expect it to be particularly tough.
Pros: Nice set of connections; allows easy daisy-chaining with 1394, along with USB2.
Cons: The connections have a tendency to break inside and fall inward. This happened to me with the USB port, and to a friend on both of his 1394 ports. The "rugged" thing is based purely on the cute little orange bumper that surrounds it, which almost certainly does next to nothing.
Summary: The other drives in this series are 2.5" (small easily portable) dirves. "XL" does not correspond to drive capacity in this case, but to the fact that it is the large 3.5" format drive. I don't really consider this format a portable drive, so in the end I will not be using it.
Summary: Their response: Unfortunately, this unit has not been tested or certified with Windows 7 at present. While we do not generally expect our units to have problems with new operating systems, there are sometimes exceptions to this.
Pros: Large drive which appears to be well-made and truly rugged. The cons listed below will not really interfere with our ability to use the drive. The drive seems to work on other systems as well.
Cons: The following is my conversation with technical support which summarizes the issue: Me: We have a LaCie 1GB ESata (http://www.lacie.com/products/product.htm?pid=11257). This drive is recognizable by USB on other Windows 7 and XP machines (32 bit OS). However, this drive is NOT recognizable by USB...
Summary: I have used smaller versions of this drive before, and they are pretty good, but it is a pity that this one can't seem to take its power from the USB socket; you have to use the power unit and plug it into the mains electricity, which is a nuisance when compared to my old one.
Summary: It's not bad, I'm sure as a drive to sit on your desk it's great, but it's limited connectivity was the deal-breaker for me. Very good price for the amount of storage. I much prefer the smaller LaCie rugged, much more versatile.
Summary: My computer lost the drive designation so I couldn't access my data. The lacie team were helpful and by using diskmgmt.msc in vista I have now reassigned the drive letter and can access my data again .. phew!