Summary: I loaded this up and gave it as a gift, so I don't have long term experience with it.
Pros: Looks nice. Integrated cable holder is convenient, although quite short (a longer cable is also included) Even with the LaCie design premium it was the cheapest 500 GB 2.0 when I bought it.
Cons: This thing is BIG. And HEAVY. Also rough aluminum finish is probably not something you would like on your fancy desk or bouncing around next to other electronics. The bowed shape also doesn't stay still very well.
Summary: Wasted an hour today trying to fix this, should be plug and play.
Pros: looks cool
Cons: Bought this drive, plugged it in, their default install software came up, I selected two partitions. Drive will not plug and play, no matter what I do I can't get the main partition to pop up. They don't have the tool to format on their webpage, tried calling them and they will charge you $15. Do...
Conclusion: The first thing that struck me when I saw this drive for the first time was the design. Really really nice! In terms of performance, the drive works just as advertised. I have had the unit for a couple of months now and so far I'm completely happy with it.
Conclusion: I am very satisfied with LaCie Starck 500GB. The setup was very easy. It took me minutes after opening the package to start transferring my files onto it. I have Windows 7. The transfer speed is good. But the really nice thing about this drive is the design. It's just outstanding.
Conclusion: This is by far the best looking hard drive I've ever had. It's ideal for the transport of large or multiple files between different locations, it also works very well for backup. The transfer speed of files to and from the hard drive is very good and moving large files presents no problems.
Conclusion: I love this hard drive. Quiet, fast, sturdy. Very compact and stylish. I've been using it for two months now and I can't think of anything to complain about. I would recommend this to anyone without reservation.
Conclusion: I like this hard drive a great deal. To start with it's beautiful, the casing is made of solid aluminum, and feels solid. It's pretty fast, and basically silent, it doesn't get hot, is very easy to use and set up.