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LaCie 301200U Big Disk Extreme+ 1.5 TB? Firewire800/Firewire400/USB 2.0 with RAID External Hard Drive
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Product Description

The LaCie Big Disk Extreme+ provides enormous capacity and a transparent, built-in RAID 0 array with no configuration for fast FireWire 800 speed. Easily share data among the widest range of user platforms with this triple interface, plug & play hard drive. Store presentations, archive image banks, work on large-scale audio/video projects, or chain FireWire devices and iLink DV cameras. Its LaCie Shortcut Button conveniently launches any application (backup, music, slideshows, etc.) with just one push. Advanced features for professionals include Triple Power Management, a thermo-regulated progressive quiet smart fan, and EMC Retrospect advanced backup and data restoration software for Windows and Mac users.

The LaCie Big Disk Extreme+ 301200U 1.5 TB USB 2.0/FireWire400/FireWire800 RAID System is a powerful drive that's optimized for media professionals working with high-definition audio, digital video editing, SD video and 2D/3D imaging. Designed by Neil Poulton, the Big Disk Extreme+ offers a compact, lightweight storage solution ready for some heavy-duty action.

The LaCie Big Disk Extreme+ 1.5 TB USB 2.0/FireWire400/FireWire800 RAID System offers:
  • USB 2.0, FireWire 400, and FireWire 800 interfaces.
  • Built-in RAID 0 performance with FireWire 800 speed with no configuration required.
  • Flexible design that can be stacked, rack-mounted or daisy chained.
  • Heat-dissipating body and advanced cooling system for cool performance.




The drive features USB, FireWire 400, and FireWire 800 connectivity. View larger.


The Shortcut Button can back up your data or launch any application with a single button push. View larger.


By purchasing multiple drives, it is easy to set up a RAID configuration. View larger.
Big Disk Extreme+ Triple Interface
Featuring high-performance storage (1.5 TB of total disc space), high capacity and a user-friendly quick backup feature for data safety and recovery, the Big Disk Extreme+ packs a powerful 1-2-3 punch. Its capacity, combined with ultra-fast transfer rates, make it ideal for data-hungry applications or sharing and archiving large-scale video projects.

This versatile storage solution offers a terabyte of storage, along with FireWire 800, FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 interfaces. This triple-interface solution gives professionals the versatility needed to work in almost any environment. Professional users working with very large, resource-intensive files can take advantage of the high throughput of the FireWire 800 (with burst transfer rates up to 90 MB/s,) as well as the universal compatibility of USB. This makes the Big Disk Extreme+ especially convenient for video editors working in SD/HD, or for quick individual workstation storage in a small business setting.

LaCie's trademark "Shortcut Button"--the blue button in front of the drive--can be used to launch any utility--such as music, slideshows, or video--with a single push, or back up your valuable data. The Big Disk Extreme+ also includes EMC's Retrospect Express software for automated backups that will give you even greater peace of mind.

Convenient and Easy to Use
The Big Disk Extreme+ is a hot plug and play solution that offers built-in RAID 0 performance (with FireWire 800 speed) that requires no software configuration or drivers. Expandable via FireWire with other FireWire hard drives, the Big Disk can also be daisy chained with peripherals such as CD-RW, AIT or DV cameras. In fact, several Big Disks can even be daisy chained to the same computer and combined together to further increase capacity, speed or security via FireWire.

For extra convenience, the drive also features a power-saving three-position switch that allows for customized "Triple Power Management" -- "auto" for energy efficiency; "on" for instant access; and "off" for complete data protection.

Heat-Dissipating d2 Design by Neil Poulton
Designed by world renown designer Neil Poulton, the Big Disk Extreme+ boasts a sleek, handsome metal body that's ideal for naturally dissipating the system's internal drive heat. Its unique design actually draws heat away from the internal drive toward the external casing. The casing absorbs heat and will take advantage of its large surface to further dissipate the heat away from the drive. The Big Disk Extreme+ also includes an advanced cooling system with a thermoregulated, progressive quiet fan that keeps the drive safe and prolongs its life and reliability.

Engineered with a compact 5.25-inch 1U form factor to fit seamlessly into most work environments, and more compact and lightweight than RAID towers, the Big Disk Extreme+ can be placed in a space-saving upright position with the included drive stand, or can be stacked, rack-mounted and even daisy-chained with other drives (via FireWire) to increase capacity. An optional LaCie Rackmount Kit can be used to incorporate the drive into a standard 19-inch computer equipment rack, and the drive can also be placed in the optional LaCie Desk Rack (also sold separately).

The LaCie Big Disk Extreme+ measures 6.8 x 1.7 x 10.6 inches (HxWxD), weighs 5.5 pounds, and is backed by LaCie's 3-year limited warranty.

About LaCie
Established in France in 1989, LaCie is a leading manufacturer of computer peripherals for Windows, Apple and Linux users. With offices and plants in the USA, Canada, Japan, Australia, Europe, Singapore and Hong Kong, LaCie develops and manufactures external storage solutions and color monitors that help professionals and everyday people easily manage their digital lives. LaCie has differentiated its products through original designs and leading-edge technology.

What's in the Box
LaCie Big Disk Extreme+, FireWire 800 to FireWire 800 (9-to-9 pin) cable, FireWire 400 to FireWire 400 (6-to-6 pin) cable, hi-speed USB 2.0 cable (USB 1.1 compatible), external power supply, LaCie Utilities CD-ROM with User Manual, Quick Install Guide, and drive stand for upright desktop use.

Features:
  • Powerful 1.5 TB drive optimized for professionals working with high-definition audio, digital video editing, SD video and 2D/3D imaging
  • FireWire 800, FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 interfaces
  • LaCie's trademark "Shortcut Button" for quick back-ups or application launch
  • Includes FireWire 800 to FireWire 800 (9-to-9 pin) cable, FireWire 400 to FireWire 400 (6-to-6 pin) cable, hi-speed USB 2.0 cable (USB 1.1 compatible), and external power supply
  • Measures 6.8 x 1.7 x 10.6 inches (HxWxD); weighs 5.5 pounds; 3-year limited warranty

Customer Reviews:

  • Good
    The product is fine but when it arrived it sounds like there'se something loose inside....more info
  • Best external harddrive for a Mac
    This is my third external drive in the last year. The first worked for about 6 months and then just quit working. Lost all my data, no warranty, no returns after 30 days... I was out $134.95 2nd time around I bought another unwarrantied cheap external drive from ebay... this time it quit working after the third boot up. Didn't lose any data but I did lose $165.00. Had I just bit the bullet in the first place and went with the BIG NAME, 1 TB external drive I would have saved myself several hundred dollars and a lot of headache. Don't skimp on the harddrive, this LaCie is a solid choice, plug and play and super fast on Firewire. Automatically backs up your data. works in the background and you never even have to think about it.. However, do not be lulled into a sense of security. Zip all your files and burn them on CD. Fact is hard drives crash and then your data is gone, unless you pay a professional to retrieve it (been there). If it's on CD you don't have to worry about it.
    PS: Don't forget to sign up for your LaCie warranty either... You just might need it.. but at least it's there.. and it's two years!...more info
  • it died in a year
    I bought a Lacie 301199u (1TB) last spring. It start making noise "clicking, clicking, ..." after 6 months. I read someone's review to complain the same problem and his disk is finally dead, so I hurry up backup all my files to a WD disk. I had no good luck either. Now, the Lacie 301199u cannot be mounted. When I use MAC OS X Disk Utilities as suggested, the tool cannot gather disk information of this disk. Well, it does not make noise any more, my Lacie 301199u died in a year. ...more info
  • Yet another failed drive!
    Sure, Lacie drives LOOK sexy, but beware: these drives are cursed! And, frankly, it's beyond belief how failure-prone they are; just search for reviews here, and on other sites, search google or whatever, and see for yourself: although there are *some* users who don't experience problems, those fortunate users are in fact the minority. The extremely small, lucky minority. The shocking state of affairs is that Lacie drives, especially the larger capacity ones, are just not very good quality and FAIL very very SOON on the vast majority of their customers.

    I'm writing this because I JUST had this model drive fail on me! And this is the FOURTH Lacie drive I've had that's simply FAILED. They work fine for a while, then they start acting a *tad* funky (iffy mounting, whirrring noises) for a day or two, and then... FAIL!

    About 4 years ago, i bought two 250G Lacie drives. And, after about a year one of those drives up-and-died on me. I thought "hmmm, bad luck, I guess?" So (stupidly) I bought another one, and at the same time bought a Lacie "Bigger Disk" (2TB RAID x4) at the same time to back up my video and music library. But then BAM! That Bigger Disk started acting and sounding really funny after about a month, so Lacie replaced it. And then THAT drive completely FAILED almost immediately, taking my entire music and video collection with it! So, Lacie (reluctantly) sent me THIS drive as a replacement (but offered no help w/ my lost data). That was about 9 months ago, and today, all of a sudden, with no warning, BAM! This drive failed too. Yay! This time I'm not even going to bother with dealing with Lacie. I'm just going to destroy it, and get another drive from another company. It's just not worth dealing with them. It's not worth the worry.

    Lacie drives are simply terrible. They're shoddily put together, the parts are obviously very cheap, and their customer/tech service absolutely refuses to acknowledge that there's even a problem. It really is one of the worst product lines available in ANY industry... much less something that's supposed to be "safe and secure" and "reliable" so you can "back up" your precious data.

    I'm by no means a "power" external hard drive user. I use them mostly for, well, "backing up" things. Like photoshop files, photos, videos, images, etc, etc. I rarely use them for "serious" AV or Music work, so I really push them to the limit. In fact, I keep them turned off most of the time. And yet the Lacies all failed anyway.

    So last year I wised up and bought a Glyph as my main storage/AV drive, and then a MyBook 2TB to back EVERYTHING up. So, this time, my "backup" was "backed up". No thanks to Lacie.

    Seriously, I can't stress this enough: AVOID THESE DRIVES AT ALL COST !!!...more info
  • Lacie 301201U Not Good
    Just like a few others reported, I received the hard drive and there were loose parts rattling around in the enclosure. I sent it back and purchased a drive from another company....more info
  • Quality Control?
    Received one unit. Hooked it up and noticed "auto" on/off was not working properly. Looking at the box it came in, I noticed a pink "defect" sticker on the packaging. Amazon promptly sent me another unit. When I opened it a screw or something was rolling around inside the unit. I contacted and started a case number with LaCie. I was hoping to get a brand new unit from LaCie, especially since these units didn't pass any type of quality control before shipping to Amazon, but they suggested I get warranty repair....for a brand new unit!

    I sent the second unit back also. Amazon made the process easy including sending me the prepaid UPS shipping labels. In the market for a new external hard drive....more info
  • La Cie Terrabyte drive
    Performs as promised but would recommend the latest in upgrade on computer bus speed as to access this hard drive requires a few extra minutes of indexing when accessing info....more info
  • solid External Drive
    I have two of the 2TB LaCie external hard drives. I purchased both of them when they were first released on Amazon. Both drives have worked flawlessly. I have both connected via Firewire800. Highly recommended over the cheaper external drives. These are solid and reliable. ...more info
  • not long lasting
    I bought this to use for my backups. I thought that I had bought a quality drive, but it didn't last a year. I just powered itself down one day and never worked again. I'm very disappointed in this drive. The external part is built like a tank, but the inside ... who knows....more info
  • Best external harddrive for a Mac
    This is my third external drive in the last year. The first worked for about 6 months and then just quit working. Lost all my data, no warranty, no returns after 30 days... I was out $134.95 2nd time around I bought another unwarrantied cheap external drive from ebay... this time it quit working after the third boot up. Didn't lose any data but I did lose $165.00. Had I just bit the bullet in the first place and went with the BIG NAME, 1 TB external drive I would have saved myself several hundred dollars and a lot of headache. Don't skimp on the harddrive, this LaCie is a solid choice, plug and play and super fast on Firewire. Automatically backs up your data. works in the background and you never even have to think about it.. However, do not be lulled into a sense of security. Zip all your files and burn them on CD. Fact is hard drives crash and then your data is gone, unless you pay a professional to retrieve it (been there). If it's on CD you don't have to worry about it.
    PS: Don't forget to sign up for your LaCie warranty either... You just might need it.. but at least it's there.. and it's two years!...more info
  • Ready for MAC and Time Machine
    Just got the product. This is not my first Lacie. I have one 250gb that is three years old and purrs just fine. Attached via the 800 firewire to my IMAC. Mounted right away. Time machine is running great. Have a 700gb hard drive to backup. I will come back and post how long it took to backup my IMAC....more info
  • LaCie is a bad gamble
    I purchased an earlier model (one with the "porsche" design), only to find that the quality of the drive enclosure was total crap. Very poorly designed, and looked cheesy as well... Might as well have been of paper mache. Dissatisfied, I returned it for a Western Digital MyBook which is still running strong two years later.

    With that said, LaCie may have improved their quality since then. I generally try to stay clear of French or Italian products in general unless its food :)...more info
  • Good
    The product is fine but when it arrived it sounds like there'se something loose inside....more info
  • excellent drive
    I purchased this as a present for my self and to use to store a ton of high res footage (2K & 4K) I shot with the RED camera system. It has worked great. I chose this model for the multiple ports and fast speed of transfer, I was pleasantly surprised that it included a cable for each type of port on the drive. Although there are dozens of makes of drives, I suspect they all are manufactured in just a handful of factories and just have different labels. I have used Lacie drives in my professional work before and have never had any problems with them....more info
  • Lacie 301201U Not Good
    Just like a few others reported, I received the hard drive and there were loose parts rattling around in the enclosure. I sent it back and purchased a drive from another company....more info
  • Reliably unreliable
    The only thing you can count on with LaCie drives is that they will fail within a year. Save yourself the money and the headache (I lost two within twelve months of very light use)....more info
  • Another amazing LaCie product!
    This is at least my fourth LaCie Big Disk Extreme hard drive and I absolutely love all of them! One of my favorite brands and am sure that I will be buying more of these in the future!...more info
  • LaCie 2TB External HD
    It works great. It seems very fast and holds a lot. It is very quiet. Use it for back ups....more info
  • If you want to actually keep your data, don't buy this drive.
    I bought this hard drive about two years ago mainly for capturing HD video. I also stored all the usual stuff on it - pictures, edited video, etc. Was fine for two years, then one day it was no longer fine. In fact, it wouldn't recognize on my Macbook Pro at all. Didn't drop the drive, didn't add anything sketchy, it just up and quit on me. I took it to a data recovery firm and the gentleman told me it had so many bad sectors it was a total loss. Thanks Lacie. ...more info
  • One out of two power converters died in less than a year
    I bought two of these 1 TB units less than a year ago. The "good" one used most often (mostly for occasionally editing video and music) works fine. The external power converter for the other (used for long-term storage) died in less than a year. The power converter was on for months, but the drive was powered off.

    When I tried to use the "dead" 1TB drive on an iMac and a PC, it clicked and would not show itself. I could still route other FireWire 800 devices through it. It acted just like the hard drive had died. I tried the FireWire 400 and USB ports on it, but no joy. It just clicked. But when I swapped power converters, the "dead" 1TB unit worked fine and the "good" 1 TB unit acted dead. So it is just a bad power converter. The short life of the power converter is the reason for four stars, not five. I assume that it will be easy to replace.

    (January '09 note: It was very easy to replace. I just googled the model number. I now use that 1TB drive for TimeMachine backups on the iMac and it works well. These drives are a little noisy when they are seeking, which does not matter to me. I can hear the TimeMachine backups happening, which is kinda reassuring. They are not noisy when they are just sitting there turned on. They do not vibrate.)

    (June, '09 note: Another power supply failed. Same exact thing, seemed just like a dead drive, but switching cords brought the "dead" one to life and killed the other one. Ordered another power supply from the same place. This time I will date them so I can see which one fails.)

    Moral of the story: if you think that your external drive is dead, check the power unit before dumping the drive.

    Other than that, using the FireWire 800 port, the drives are fast enough to edit video in Final Cut Pro on an iMac. The drive is also good for editing music. Chaining three drive on the FW800 ports works well, all are fast. ...more info
  • Loose Pieces
    The reason I'm giving this product 1 star is because it came to me broken. And not only that, but I exchanged it for another that had the exact same problem! I talked to LaCie and they've been receiving a lot of complaints. A bad batch went out, so you have the option of sending it to LaCie for a repair.
    However, the guy at LaCie really sold me on the 1TB Quadra model. He said the Big Disk Extreme is a little faster, but the Quadra is half the size and one drive--making it easier to recover information. The Big Disk Extreme is two hard drives, pretty big, and if some thing breaks, you may be kind of screwed.
    I was able to talk them into shipping me a Quadra instead of repairing my broken Extreme. If I were you, I would just go with the Quadra (unless you need the extra speed). I'm completely satisfied with its performance....more info
  • I have to give this drive 5 stars - It has worked flawlessly for me
    There are many different LaCie model numbers. This review is for the LaCie 301199U Big Disk Extreme+ and it works great for my setup. I have had this drive for about 9 months and never had any issues with this drive.

    Note to readers: Over the years I have owned LaCie, Western Digital, Seagate and other external hard drives and I have found that the LaCie's are generally better quality than the WD's and last longer. I have purchased a LaCia that was bad out of the box and was replaced with a good drive by the store.

    I was looking for a drive that could be both setup on my network as well a bootable Firewire backup system to my MacBook Pro. It performs both functions very well.

    The drive is connected to my network as an AirPort Disk attached to an Apple AirPort Extreme router. It supports multiple user accounts for both Mac's and PC's and works flawlessly as a wireless drive with the latest versions of Apple AirPort software and Firmware. Note: This setup didn't work flawlessly on older versions of AirPort Extreme Firmware back in Feb 08.

    I now have 2 Macs backing up to it using Time Machine. This took a little research since Time Machine didn't recognize my AirPort Disk initially but once I hooked it directly to my Mac and setup Time Machine all I needed to do was move the file Time Machine created then place the drive back on the network and now Time Machine backs up via wireless....more info