Pros Solid construction, cool fast operation, reasonable price
Cons EXTREME frustration in configuring/formatting for WinXP
Summary Preformatted for Mac, this cool-looking little drive caused me more than a few headaches while trying to get my two WinXP laptops (Tosh and HP) to read it. I even had MacDrive already installed on them! It wouldn't allow me to reformat the drive as NTFS for ANY reason. EASY Mac formatting, NO XP formatting. ZERO. After failed format attempts, "Rugged" drive would not detect at all via firewire, and would not write via USB 2.0 - AARRGH!!
Retailer I purchased from does not acknowledge this as a "manufacturing defect", and wants to charge me a restock fee to return it.
I am FORCED by the hardware to keep it Mac formatted, which prevents me from sharing data with other XP systems without loading MacDrive first. In my business, this is a real obstacle - and comes off as a real amateur move when trying to share media at out-of-office meetings.
This is my first and LAST LaCie purchase. I feel like I got kinda burned for my $130.
Both my other Acomdata drives were XP plug and play AND allowed me total flexibility to reformat for Mac when needed. I wanted "Rugged" on-the-go performance, but I need XP compatibility. LaCie, on this one, LaScrude me.
Pros Every machine I've hooked it up to recognizes it immediately
Cons It was back ordered...took a few weeks...but that's it!
Summary I'm not very technical but this little guy is fast, ubiquitously compatible and an eye catcher at the office! My 250GB Porsche from LaCie doesn't seem as friendly as often times it is indexing for a good amount of time upon being hooked in. And, the Porsche has the huge annoyance of having an external power supply. The Rugged has an extra USD cable to juice it and that's the killer benefit. Not sure why no one else has reviewed this yet but two people who saw mine and saw it work bought it immediately. Great product!
Pros Fast, small, with power supplied through the data cable. Get the 250 GB model here: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/522062-REG/LaCie_301291_250GB_Rugged_All_Terrain_Triple.html
Cons Nothing at all!
"Plug-and-go!"on by ryork272
Pros Durable; small footprint; easy to use; portable
Cons Sort of expensive
Summary I've been using this drive for months now. I just toss it into my laptop briefcase and off I go. I store music, video and a large SQL Server database I use on customer demos. I also use it for backup. I've had zero problems with it. What else can one say about a hard drive. It works!