Pros Works as a USB disk (but costs more)
Cons Embedded OS crashes during ethernet access. Ethernet access is rather slower than expected.
Summary One of the main attactions of the disk is its promise to give multiple users access over ethernet. This is strongly promoted in LaCie's advertising and on the product packaging.
If accessed over ethernet by more two PCs (opening files in different directories), it works for some time, but the embedded OS eventually crashes after some minutes of activity. This occurs whether the disk is being accessed by ftp, xcopy, or using windows explorer.
Either the product was not tested, or it was shipped knowing it contained a fatal bug.
Even when only one PC is accessing the disk, the ethernet interface seems really slow. It claims 10/100 ethernet capability, but its actual speed when connected to a 100baseT hub is appalling - perhaps about 10Mbit.
Pros Has etherrnet
Cons Poor ethernet transfer rates, only one share
Summary Nice solid looking device, quiet, runs cool. Formatted to ext3 (Linux filesystem) it can read/write files over 2GB. Unfortunately, the transfer rate over ethernet is abysmal - about 3MBps - not enough to stream video, so you can'y use it as a repository for videos. Also, there is only one share, so you can't allocate subdirectories to different users, everyone who is a known user has access to the whole disk. There have been no updates to the embedded Linux system as yet.
My advice is wait for something better - either by Lacie fixing the broken software, or someone else shipping a better product - Plextor have a similar product out now.
Pros that i sold it
Cons the unit itself
Summary This HD, over just sucks.
I've owned several lacie products and never had any problems.
My boyfriend and I moved in together and wanted to make our lives easier by combining our data into one HD, and came across the lacie ethernet disk mini, we we both thought this is PERFECT. little did we know the night mare this thing would cause. I've lost my entire MP3 library, he was lucky he has his on his ipod and I was able to extract it.
I've called lacie support and these guy there haven't a clue as to what to do. the manual claims it will support apf, smb, ftp and http. While I've tried every possible method , the bottom line is that they are all finicky, one minute it will log on and another day it won't allow me in.
Connecting this HD via usb is another nightmare in itself, most of the times it wouldn't allow me to log in, I would try several times until finally giving up.
I rather play russian roulette with one empty chamber before I buy another lacie ethernet disk.
Pros Ethernet connectivity allows http and ftp access
Cons Very slow and abominably cumbersome to use as a ethernet network drive
Summary I have the 500gb version. My hair is turning grey waiting for the files to open while accessing the files on this drive through the http: or ftP: feature. It took 20 minutes to access a video for replay. Cannot open my music library at all because it is a 65gb folder. When mapped as a network drive on my computer the access is equally slow. Sluggish isn't even the word I would apply. I would say the performance of this machine is anachronistic back to the 1 mg ram days.
I am returning this device. BTW, it is fat32 and specs warn that if the drive is formatted to ntfs it cannot be written to. I just don't get this device and am disappointed.