Summary: i plugged this into my imac the day i received it, set it to backup daily at a certain time, and have pretty much forgotten about it ever since. it backs up every day, is relatively quiet when doing so, and is pretty to look at. ive never had an issue with lacie drives (this is my 6th one) and the design is top notch.
Summary: I really don't understand the mixed feelings on this drive. All Lacie drives I've purchased seem to carry negative reviews, but all of mine have been excellent and hassle-free including this one. The design is beautiful, the corners aren't sharp they just aren't rounded.. and I plugged it into my Macbook Air and the installation launched and walked me through the setup in about 2 minutes. All done..
Summary: Simply a well-made desktop drive. Although I eventually reformatted the drive (thereby removing the LaCie software), the backup software works the way it was designed and is pretty much seamless and user configurable. I prefer not to use backup software and do things manually, therefore I did not continue using it. The design is quite nice - very robust and elegant. It is really quite a beautiful looking product.
Summary: The hard disk inside shows as a Hitachi HDS723020BLA642 (Deskstar 7K3000) in the device manager. The drive needs auto-installation and formatting when plugged in. If you skip the process you come up to see a 10 gb drive instead. This may be confusing at first but just restart and do as it instructs to resolve it. Drive is VERY quiet and boots fast. Transfer rate is 25 mB/s at least and goes to 30, which is good for a USB 2.0 device.
Summary: a really nice looking hard drive that is also a great value for the 2TB of storage. I set this up easily with Mac OSX and it integrated with time machine effortlessly. I agree with some of the other buyers that the touch surface is a bit of a gimmick. But who cares, it's very pretty. I ended up configuring mind so that when I touch the metal surface, time machine opens up.
Summary: Ok so let me start by say how skeptical i was in regard to purchasing this drive. The reviews are mediocre at best. But...This drive is AWESOME! I may be bias because I'm in Architecture but I use this as my NAS connected to my Apple Airport Extreme. Its fast enough to stream 720p and 1080p to my computers and Apple TV2 (jailbroken of course). The fact that there is no firewire 800 option for the portable version is the only thing holding me back from getting that one.
Summary: I bought the LaCie Stark 1 TB for my Aiport Extreme Base Station as a backup hard drive for use with Time Machine on my MacBook Pro. It's a funky looking hard drive, with a thick, strong aluminum case that helps it from overheating and protects to moveable parts. I have my AEBS and LaCie on a shelf, with a closed back and I was worried about overheating. However I have check from time to time and have not noticed the drive to be very hot.
Summary: Having struggled with noisy external drives, this one saved the day. Incredibly quiet, well-built, and the Starck design is awesome in person. Its looks have been a conversation piece more than once. Can you say that about your hard drive?