Pros Looks great. Solid metal casing. Easy-to-use backup software.
Cons Other than the fact that the Quadra failed without warning after one year of service, it worked fine. Unfortunately, I was not diligent with my paperwork and I do not have warranty coverage.
Summary I don't believe this is a good product and will not buy LaCie again as a result.
Pros Works well when it works, speedy and great performance, again, when it performs.
Cons More often then not it just stops being recognized by my pc. I have traced the problem to the power connector at the drive. Something inside fails.
Summary I'm still under the 2 manufacturers warranty and I'm going to see if they'll replace it, but from what I've read now, a replacement will just do the same thing. I won't buy another LaCie. I have a 250G LaCie drive and it's worked fine since I got it in early 2006. It still works like a champ. But not the Quadra. Once I get this worked out with LaCie(and believe me I'm sure I'm in for a long haul), I won't buy their stuff again. I just don't need the headache.
"Mine failed too!"on by drbryant
Pros Looks Pretty
Cons Failed in less than two years.
Summary I bought this drive when another LaCie started to show signs of failure. I transferred all my data to it.Yet another of my LaCie drives now fails to start. Perhaps Cnet should have negative star ratings (black holes).
Yesterday it failed without warning. Since the two drives that failed are the newest of four that I own, I can only surmise that the quality of LaCie's product has declined.
Trust your user reviews! Don't buy this product.
Updated on Jun 30, 2009
Pros It was easy to set up and it is a fast drive.
Cons It would sometimes just not be accessible. I would have to disconnect it, power it back up, wait 15 seconds, then plug the drive back in for it to be seen by the PC. The slightest jolt caused it to crash.
Summary I have had it for 2.5 years, and it has crashed multiple times. When it crashed I didn't lose the data on it, but it was a pain to have to go through the reboot/reconnect process over and over again. Finally, the last time it would never connect again. It is officially dead, and I won't be buying a LaCie to replace it.
Pros Cannot think of one.
Cons Besides it freezing up my MacBook Pro when left plugged in and on, you will loose everything on it if it is knocked over while running.
Summary Vertical design makes this easy to tip over and if you do so while it is running, everything on it is gone, in a split second. Just happened to me and I've totally and completely lost nearly one terabyte of priceless photos (I am a pro photographer) forever. Some of my best fine art photography, personal family photos and client work.