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 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: 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.
Summary: We installed this in a small office environment, just 5 users. We're not IT experts but we're not stupid either. This thing required hours of fiddling to make it work. Now that it's installed it seems to work fine, but I wouldn't recommend it.
Summary: I've owned this unit for 2 months to house my music (60,000 songs) and years of family photos since my kids were infants. Yesterday iTunes could not find the songs on the device. When I looked at the Public folder which contained years and years of music and photos it was empty. We tried to access the LaCie Network Assistant but it didn't recognize my login and password. Now, any other piece of software would just let you reset a password, right? Not LaCie.