Summary: LaCie makes products that look wonderful. One gets a warm fuzzy when one sees the product. One might even be interested in knowing who supposedly designed it. One might even be impressed enough to buy it solely based on that. Unfortunately, like so many other pretty packages we see in life, one will likely soon discover the Achilles heel of the product.
Summary: I purchased this drive to have a shared storage device for our computers, and to share media (music and movies) within our house. It does what it's supposed to do to a point. If you are running windows, and have their software installed, it seems to be easy enough to use. If you have a Mac, the interface seems to struggle. I have a Linux machine, and the web interface doesn't really work so good, even though it runs on a Linux platform itself.
Summary: I bought a slew of these to use for backing up large design files. I've experienced a 100% failure rate inside of 2 years, with most of the drives I purchased failing within 6 months. Someone should go to jail for how bad these LaCie drives are. You might as well take a magnet to your data if you buy anything with their name on it, that's how well protected it will be.
Heed the warnings. I didn't and was very disappointed.
1 October 2009
Summary: Heed the warnings you see from many disappointed consumers. I saw them before I bought this, but thought, "Ah, I'm a pretty savvy home computer user and the price can't be beat. People are probably just belly aching." Well, it's really not worth the hassle to save a few bucks. I've sent it back to LaCie for repair TWICE, and I continue to have problems with the drive unexpectedly disappearing from the network and not reappearing after many reboots.
Summary: This was hard to setup initially, I have a good knowledge of networks and working on them, but setting up this drive wasn't a simple matter of knowing networks, it takes some luck, the installation is anything but streamlined, but once you get it figured out and get everything working, it's a great piece of equipment, I bought it for $116 and saw it a few days later at a store for $190, a steal for a TB network drive, just make sure you're pretty patient and don't get...
Summary: Unfortunately, I have also had issues with this drive, which have yet to be resolved. Installation failure, and the drive is unusable. No doubt in the spirit of corporate cost cutting, there is no phone tech support available, so I placed an email ticket. This will, of course, take time ( I want it NOW!). This is quite frustrating. I tried installing this on four (4!) different comps and two operating systems, nothing. This stuff should be tested and work, period.
Summary: This product does almost everything it advertises. Let's go through the list: Pros: - Network attached storage (NAS), can backup all my laptops wirelessly - Excellent price - Software works for the most part - Web-based access to all my saved data (although I don't use it for security reasons).
Summary: I bought it in spite of the bad reviews because I always liked the idea of having 1TB available to my whole network.. and I got what I deserved.. I can live with it being big, heavy and noisy.. but it also had to be terribly slow! It can't even stream video fast enough! I never got any transfer rate above 6 Mbps. The regular rate stays in 2~3. And I have done all updates available.
Summary: Third LaCie HD I've purchased -all in use. Other models are backup for individual Apple computers and this one (301270U) will join AirPort network soon as I can determine software setup. Virtually no printed guidance and online is scant so far as I've been able to find. However, a solution WILL be found! Consolidation of HDD manufacturers appears to involve LaCie. Hope the quality is maintained.