Summary: Really happy with seller-great experience and the product hooked right up to my Macbook Pro. The software had to be downloaded from the website, I have Lion, but LaCie's customer service was fantastic as well. Highly recommend this product. Normal speed with this model, you may want the firewire for more speed. This model is much larger than the cozy.
Summary: I received this in the matter of a few days and am very happy with it. I'm a student filmmaker, so it is useful in holding a lot of storage but also I haven't had to worry about putting it in my backpack and losing my data.. With other hardrives it seems as though you need to surround them with pillows. The rugged lacie lives up to it's name as in it's pretty durable. I only wish that the size of it was smaller.
Summary: re: LaCie 301848U USB 2.0 Neil Poulton 1TB Rugged XL eSATA External Hard Drive The case is nice and cushiony! I think this drive will have decent shock resistance. My problem was trying to use it with SBS2008 on a DL360G5 server. Initial plug in and detect was ok, but when trying to run the SBS backup, the entire server bogged down to thousands of times slower than normal. Exiting the backup did not help, not did removing power from the drive.
Summary: Be aware that this is a 3.5" drive, not the usual little 2.5" firewire/usb drives. So it's a bit larger, not quite as portable. But it works the same, and the eSATA port is a very nice addition for those of us with them installed on our computers. There is USB as well, of course.