Pros Very fast, plug 'n play, excellent construction
Cons Uses a power brick for international shipping purposes
Summary The above '1' poster is full of carp - d2s are flawless HDs.
The d2 line are the BEST series of externals I've ever used.
I've been using this series for two years and bought the
triple interfaces 160 and 250 drives 4 and 3 months ago
respectively and they have worked flawless, as has every
d2 product I've owned (I have 5 external d2 HDs now and
1 external d2 Dual Layer DVD burner).
They all have had absolutely NO PROBLEMS - ever.
They are all plug 'n play for both PCs XP Pro and Mac OSX.
I use mine for backups, video editing and DVD burning.
The get used alot - everyday - writing, erasing terabytes.
The FireWire 800 has the fastest and best performance.
I take different La Cie d2 drives with me everywhere and
have had NO HARDWARE problems, ever, over the years,
including the new 250 - which I haul 5 out of 7 days.
The blue front light indicates power and drive activity.
It comes with all the cables needed and the firewire ports
are powered, so you can use them for "Hub" purposes.
The d2 has a strong and solid feeling aluminum case and
has a good "heft" to it. The d2s can be placed vertical
with the included stand or stacked horizontally. Becasue
of the excellent casing, heat disipation is very good (so
there is no fan), which means minimal HD noise.
I primarily use them with Macs & OSX (10.3.8), but work
great with my Wintel XP Pro on USB 2.0 or FireWire 400
(which is great because most of my clients use PCs).
The La Cie d2s are an excellent drive & burner series
and literally are plug and play with Macs and PCs.
After using 3 different 'models' of the La Cie d2 series for
many years with no failures or problems, I would HIGHLY
recommend these sturdy "d2 Triple interface" series HDs.
Pros Cute, Fast & Cute.
Cons Nearly everything about it.
Summary Early in 2004, my company was in the market for 2 external harddrives for back-up purposes & I, personally, was in the market for the same reason. After much research, testimonial reading & spec comparison, i chose the LaCie D2 family. In the past 8 months, i have been responsible for the purchase of 2 120 GB & 2 250 GB harddrives. I have sent 2 back to the original retail store as they failed within 2 months. I have sent 2 back to LaCie for warranty repairs. So, out of 4 drives, I have had 4 replaced. This is a BAD track record. I am waiting for my personal drive to arrive back from LaCie, at which time I will sell on ebay & use the money to do some sort of online storage service that guarantees & backs up my data.
Aside from my woes with LaCie, I have heard *horror* stories from friends & colleagues about other manufacuter's hard drives... as well as other woes with iPods, memory sticks, USB minidrives, etc etc.... So, i am generally weary of all external storage devices. REMEMBER - redundancy is ALWAYS a good thing. DO NOT put all your eggs in one basket. And, NEVER assume something is fail-proof.
"Great harddrive"on by bearwoof
Pros fast, quiet, reasonable price
Cons none i can think of
Summary I use the external hard-drive with a powerbook G4(I've got 40G of music) and I do alot of video editing. The best part is that it comes with 2 firewire 800 ports so I can connect my pc and share my itunes music on both computers. Also comes with firewire400 and usb2.0 ports.
Pros Its compact, durable, quiet, easy to use, better value for class
Cons nothing serious. I would rather a different color light.
Summary Im really content with this machine. This is the first XHD I've actually owned. I did my research on CNET and Im happy I did. I think I put all of my Pro up there. This is an excellent device and I really recommend it. I will get another soon. The silly Con I have isnt really one.
Pros none at all
Cons Poorly designed drive, crashed and died
Summary I have purchased two 500gig lacie drives and my partner also purchased two of the same. Of the four drives only 1 has survived and not lost all the data. These drives are terrible, I am a normal user, large lossless music files, and used the drives for storage only. There is no suport either from lacie. I strongly suggest getting the seagate 300gigs instead, I have 9 and they are all fine. I think that the problem is that this is essential an apple drive, you have to install a special mac/apple program to windows to read this drive. If you are a mac person this drive might be fine.