Summary: This is my first NAS type drive, so I don't have anything to compare it against, but I believe, for the price, this is good drive. For any Windows or Mac user just looking for a common location to store files, it's more than adequate. However, for my purposes, I'm a little disappointed. Pros: It looks good The price is right. Easy set up. You can skip the network assistant if you're a bit tech savvy. Nice GUI web interface. Cons: Write and read speeds seem really slow.
Excerpt: I use this drive on a home ethernet LAN. So far so good. The one annoyance is that the software (Network Assistant on a Mac) doesn't always mount the drive after a restart. To address, quit, then reopen, Network Assistant.
Summary: I give it one star for being the best looking external HD out there, LaCie really knows how to design the look of their electronics. And I give it one star for how it works on the day to day once you get through the horrible setup and just plain stupid network assistant program. The last of the final three stars are for the set up.
Summary: * I bought this drive for $200. * Then I had to pay a guy $250 when the drive failed (windows completely stopped recognizing it) I had a good amount of files on this, both work and personal. * Once the drive was returned (I'm lucky I didn't have to spend $500 to have my files retrieved) I purchased another enclosure for the information (the company was able to retrieve about 110GB out nearly 700GB) pulled from the busted LaCie drive.
Summary: This was recommended for a back up network drive for apple products. This thing is a piece of garbage. Very difficult to set up, then it appeared and dropped off my network all the time. I was never sure if I had a valid back-up or not. Of course, I had a hard drive issue and could not retrieve the data. Had to go to an outside service to get it back from the damaged drive. Bought a new WD MyCloud and am much happier.
Summary: Challenge: My wife and I both work from home and needed an on site backup solution for 5 PCs and 1 Mac. To me networks have always been complicated so I always used a USB backup drive separately for each computer. This got to be a very old scenario. Solution: Network Addressable Storage device with scheduled backups. I did a lot of research on this topic, media servers (DLNA certified), storage, cloud access.
Summary: Holds data as advertised but makes occasional "screeching" noises which are concerning but it has been running well for the past 2 months. Odd that there is no valid S/N, despite sending all digits on the back, no S/N could be deciphered. I don't know how that will affect my warranty so that's another concern I have but all told, it works well.