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LaCie 301442U d2 Quadra Hard Disk 1TB eSATA/FireWire800/FireWire400/USB 2.0 External Hard Drive (Aluminum)
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Product Description

The LaCie d2 Quadra Hard Disk provides up to an incredible 1TB capacity in a relatively compact device. Fully loaded with all the best interfaces - eSATA 3Gbits, FireWire 800, FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 - it offers complete universal connectivity for PC and Mac users. Perfect for digital content creation, audio/video editing, DVD authoring, and web animation, etc., the d2 Quadra can handle multiple demanding professional tasks. It can be daisy-chained via FireWire or connected to your DV camera and is even bootable in FireWire for Mac and in eSATA for Mac/PC. Advanced features include 3-level power management (Auto/On/Off) and software RAID 0/RAID 1 potential when daisy-chained with other drives. The unique, fanless aluminum heat sink design with 60% more surface area for heat dissipation keeps it quiet and as safe as possible at all times. With fast burst transfer rates of up to 105-115MB/s via eSATA, this industry-leading hard disk delivers superior performance. Setup and use is quick and easy; the preloaded LaCie Setup Assistant helps format the hard disk according to your needs. Plug & Play LaCie Shortcut Button 1TB = 1000GB Hard Drive Capacity 7200 RPM 32MB Cache Buffer eSATA, FireWire 800/400 and USB 2.0 and 1.1 Interface Up to 115MB/sec Burst Transfer Rate with eSATA Up to 85MB/sec Burst Transfer Rate with FireWire 800 Up to 40MB/sec Burst Transfer Rate with FireWire 400 Up to 35MB/sec Burst Transfer Rate with USB 2.0 System Requirements - Windows 2000/XP/Vista; Mac OS X 10.2.8 (10.3 for eSATA) or higher; Available eSATA, FireWire 800/400 or USB 2.0 port Approximate Unit Dimensions - 1.7(W) x 6.3(H) x 6.8(D) Approximate Unit Weight - 3.31 pounds

With a unique ridged exterior that enhances the enclosure's cooling performance, and a quadruple interface for full Mac and PC compatibility, the LaCie 301442U d2 Quadra External Hard Drive is an all-in-one drive that's built with the professional in mind. Designed by internationally acclaimed designer Neil Poulton, this versatile drive offers extreme performance and an aesthetic touch that will enhance any work space.

The LaCie d2 Quadra Hard Disk offers:
  • eSATA 3Gbits, FireWire 400/800, and USB 2.0 for universal compatibility and extreme speed
  • 1 TB of disk space.
  • 7200 RPM spin speed and 16 MB cache.
  • Fanless ridged design for cool, quiet operation.




Unique ridged heat sink aluminum design increases surface area by 60% for cooler operation. (Shown here with the Little Big Disk Quadra and the 2big Network.) View larger.


The minimalist space-saving design will enhance the aesthetics of any work space. View larger. View back.


The d2 can be racked horizontally and set up in a RAID configuration. View larger.
Quadruple Interface for Unmatched Performance and Compatibility
The LaCie 301442U d2 Quadra External Hard Drive features one eSATA 3 Gbit port, two FireWire 800 ports (9-pin), one FireWire 400 port (6-pin), and one hi-speed USB 2.0 port that is USB 1.1-compatible. (Cables for each connection are conveniently included with the drive.) This quadruple interface makes the d2 Quadra ideal for demanding multi-media applications that require extreme speed as well as universal connectivity. The eSATA interface offers a blazing transfer rate of up to 300 MB per second (3Gbits/sec), while FireWire allows you to connect directly to your DV camera.

The LaCie d2 is compatible with Windows, including Vista, and Mac OS X 10.2.8 and above (10.3 for eSATA). If you have Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, the d2 Quadra works with Time Machine, which automatically backs up your Mac's system files, applications, accounts, preferences, music, photos, movies, and documents to an external hard drive and lets you easily go back in time to recover anything.

Superior Drive Performance for Power Users
Built for power users such as video editors, the d2 Quadra features a rotational speed of 7200 RPM and a cache of at least 16 MB. Perfect for digital content creation, audio/video editing, DVD authoring, web animation, and more, the d2 Quadra can handle multiple demanding professional tasks. It can also be daisy-chained via FireWire or connected to your DV camera and is even bootable in FireWire for Mac and in eSATA for Mac/PC.

With a capacity of 1 TB (1,000 GB), the d2 Quadra can hold up to 1,000,000 photos, 350,000 songs, or 70 hours of DV video. If you purchase multiple drives, they can be daisy-chained and set to RAID 1 for data redundancy and protection, or RAID 0 for even greater speed. If you have different storage needs, you can also choose between the 500 GB or 750 GB version of the d2 Quadra.

The d2 Quadra also offers three power management options: "Auto" for energy efficiency; "On" for instant access; and "Off" for data protection. The drive also lets you back up files or launch any application with a simple push of the front blue button. This "shortcut button" can be configured to launch any document or application.

Smart, Elegant Design and Loaded with Software
With the d2 Quadra, Neil Poulton has fashioned a unique, attractive and functional drive that offers excellent heat dissipation features and space-saving options for stacking. The fanless aluminum heat sink design features exterior ridges that provide 60 percent more surface area for heat dissipation, keeping the drive quiet and as safe as possible at all times. The d2 Quadra will sit nicely in an upright position alongside your PC or Mac machines, or it can be stacked horizontally with other drives or rack mounted to save desktop space.

Set-up and use is quick and easy, thanks to LaCie's preloaded Setup Assistant that helps format the hard disk according to your needs. For instance, the d2 Quadra lets you easily create a FAT32 partition for use with Macs. LaCie's Shortcut Button lets you easily launch any application with one push.

Included with the drive is LaCie's Genie Backup Assistant for Windows and Intego Backup Assistant for Mac. Both make it easy for you to back up your files including your pictures, music, and documents, and let you restore your files to previous versions in case anything happens to them.

The drive measures a slim 1.7 x 6.3 x 6.8 inches (WxHxD), weighs 3.31 pounds, and is backed by a 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 d2 Quadra Hard Disk; eSATA-to-eSATA cable; FireWire 800 (9-to-9 pin) cable; FireWire 400 (6-to-6 pin) cable; USB 2.0 cable (USB 1.1 compatible); external power supply; drive stand for upright desktop use; LaCie Utilities (preloaded); Genie Backup Assistant for Windows; Intego Backup Assistant for Mac.

Features:
  • External hard disk offers 1 TB with triple connection interface
  • Supports eSATA, FireWire 800/400, and USB 2.0 connections
  • Stylish enclosure by Neil Poulton reduces heat for quiet, fanless operation
  • Shortcut button on drive lets you launch any application
  • Device measures 1.7 x 6.3 x 6.8 inches (WxHxD); backed by a 3-year warranty

Customer Reviews:

  • LaCie 500GB External Hard Drive
    After loosing a complete database with years of info as well as lots of pictures following another non-recoverable PC error I turned to my old backup. Didn't help. Nothing but programs without files.
    Now, after using a MAC for over a year, I've added a LaCie 500GB hard drive and I can actually find any backup file on it at any time. If you want simple and easy to use and you're also not a computer geek, it's the one to try. It' makes very little noise sitting on my desktop, it's fast and I have had no problems after 3 months....more info
  • Usual Excellent LaCie External Hard Drive
    I have been buying LaCie external hard drives for more than a decade and they are reliable and offer good performance.

    I needed a larger external so that I could back up my hard drive and my very large music collection on one machine with the MAC Time Machine. I wanted a Firewire 800 Drive but also liked that this one also had capability with USB 2.0 and eSATA in the event Firewire 800 is not supported on my next Apple computer. I have 3 of the Porsche design hard drives which are about 3 years old and still running well.

    The design isn't as sleek as the LaCie Porsche drives as it's more "industrial" but since all my peripherals are on a shelf behind my 24" monitor, it's not much of an issue -- and form follows function.

    It was very easy to format and set up -- the only "difficulty" was determining which of the four cables provided was for the Firewire 800 port -- but it's pretty obvious in terms of plugging it in.

    I have been running it for about a month and it operates flawlessly with Time Machine. ...more info
  • I've had 4, all have given me problems
    I've had four lacie drives, and every single one has given me problems. My fist was 1T, and it crashed from slightly getting bumped within the first two days. I have two 500g that just got corrupted and now need to be reformatted. My other 500 is working alright now, but it's acted weird in the past. I don't know why they're such a headache. I've never had any issue with the drive inside my macbookpro, so why can't they build them like that? I've also never owned a different kind of drive, so i have nothing to compare to. But my drives are all really well taken care of and don't really move much from my desk, so it's not like I treat them badly....who knows???...more info
  • I do not recommend
    LaCie 301825U d2 Quadra 500 GB eSATA/FireWire800/FireWire400/USB 2.0 External Hard Disk

    I do not recommend these Lacie Drives. I have 2 of them, both are bad. Their casings are nice, elegant and the device feels rugged, but they burn out quick. I have a seagate that I have been using for several years now. The Lacie drives are junk. They look beautiful, but will let you down when you need to restore from that backup you needed. Mine are door stops now....more info
  • Good value
    I'm using this hard drive with Time Machine on my iMac and it works beautifully. It has every connection you could ever use, but I am using 800 Firewire and I just forget it's there. ...more info
  • I would give it zero if I could
    I saw all of the good reviews and decided to take a chance on the Lacie. I needed something that worked with "Time Machine." It worked nicely, if somewhat noisily for less than a year. Then it just stopped working. I have had to replace it. If I want to get the information that is there, I need to find a tech person who can retrieve it.
    Not a reliable or sturdy product. ...more info
  • LaCie 1TB
    The LaCie was easy to set up and runs well. It looks sharp, runs quiet and has been flawless in operation so far....more info
  • Great product, fast transfer
    LaCie was recommended by a college professor of mine. I am a Recording Industry major, and required a large external HD to transfer my recorded music from home to studio. I can record directly to this drive without any hitches, and the 800 speed firewire is wonderful. Great product, and fast delivery....more info
  • I've had 4, all have given me problems
    I've had four lacie drives, and every single one has given me problems. My fist was 1T, and it crashed from slightly getting bumped within the first two days. I have two 500g that just got corrupted and now need to be reformatted. My other 500 is working alright now, but it's acted weird in the past. I don't know why they're such a headache. I've never had any issue with the drive inside my macbookpro, so why can't they build them like that? I've also never owned a different kind of drive, so i have nothing to compare to. But my drives are all really well taken care of and don't really move much from my desk, so it's not like I treat them badly....who knows???...more info
  • Quality & Versatility
    i've purchased a 1TB and 2 500GB Lacie drives and all are working great. i haven't had these long enough to rate the reliability but so far i've ripped about 150 cd's to one of these and have used the others for backup activities which didn't take more than a few hours. i wasn't going to purchase anything that didn't have all three communication buses (USB, Firewire, and eSATA) as I will be using these with different systems with varying capability. I've used only the USB and FW buses so far including linking two drives via the FW800 bus.

    the price was reasonable considering the quality of the case, the flexibility of the interface bus, and the inclusion of cables. the drives were up and running after an initial formatting task. i've also used the backup software and found it to be easy to use. ...more info
  • La Cie 2TB Big Disk
    Have had for a month, so far so good. It is used as a backup for a 1.6 TB server. One day we noticed a red light flashing and found out that was a heat warning. We repositioned the unit in a better path of air and no problems....more info
  • sturdy, attractive drive
    I've had this drive for about a month now, and so far it's performed perfectly. I have a Macbook, and I use this drive with Time Machine. When I bought it, it was definitely more expensive than other 1TB drives, but I wanted to spend the extra 30 bucks or so for 3 reasons:

    (1) It has all the different connection options (USB2, Firewire 400 & 800, eSATA).
    (2) I'm a sucker for the metal casing, which I find much more attractive than pretty much all the other options out there. Also worth noting is that the drive's feel matches its look -- it is heavy and very solid.
    (3) This hard drive's very similar predecessor, the LaCie 301827U d2 Quadra 1 TB eSATA/FireWire800/FireWire400/USB 2.0 External Hard Disk, had one of the best average star ratings of any hard drive (please note that when I bought this particular drive, there were only a few reviews up on this product page, so I trusted the 100+ positive reviews of the previous model).

    Since my purchase it looks like some 1-star reviews have been written about this drive (at the time f this writing, there are 4, 3 of which state that their drive has failed). The one-star reviews of this product make me nervous that my drive will crap out after a year -- but honestly, look at the reviews for ANY hard drive on the market, and you'll find those same 1-star reviews. I'll update this review if I do experience any problems in the future. For now, I couldn't be happier!
    ...more info
  • Not for video work
    I use this to transfer and store video to my computer for editing. I only turn it on when I'm doing that, perhaps once a month for a few days. Because of the light duty cycle I can't comment on the durability or reliability. But, most importantly, it won't keep up with video transfer through Firewire from a Sony digital camcorder. My earlier (smaller) disk from Acom does. So buy it for price or capacity or looks, but not for video transfers....more info
  • Excellent drive
    I've owned LaCie external hard drives for years and yet again fails to disappoint. Solid rugged construction, high speed, and much quieter than previous models. Both Firewire and the USB ports work as expected, and as soon as I obtain an eSATA capable interface I will update the review. The drive case appears to act as a heat sink for the device, but is relatively cool to the touch. LaCie has apparently improved every hard drive model that's been introduced.

    I also like the fact that LaCie has always included software on the drive, very easy and simple to install! It comes with the Genie Backup Assistant for Windows and the Intego Backup Assistant for Mac OS X (10.4 and 10.5). The software is very similar for both platforms, although I use Time Machine which is included with Mac OS X 10.5.

    Excellent buy!...more info
  • Excellent drive, very fast and quiet!
    Have had this for a month now and originally purchased to replace a 500GB LaCie drive (which works great but needed more capacity). The drive is VERY quiet, fast and to date reliable. This is my 3rd LaCie drive in 5 years and (knock on wood) I have not had any issues with the drives to date.

    I use these primarily for my Macs....more info
  • Poor reliability
    I've owned two of these now, and both have failed in less than a year of use. I switched to an OWC Elite drive after the second Lacie tanked. I've only had the OWC two months, but so far so good (though I'd have said the same thing two months into owning the first Lacie). Compared to the Lacie, the OWC has a substantially smaller footprint, and is MUCH quieter. This drive is one of the noisiest I've come across. I really didn't realize just how loud it was until I switched out the second one for the OWC and discovered the noise that I'd been attributing to my MacPro was actually coming from the Lacie. It's also slow compared the OWC. I've always associated Lacie with high quality products, but I can't recommend this drive....more info
  • LaCie 301440U D2 QUADRA EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE 500 GB
    I gave the LaCie 301440U D2 QUADRA EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE 500 GB 5-STARS because 1) it is user-friendly and very much plug-and-play 2) installation via its software or your own backup software is virtually automatic and doesn't require much more than making a couple of selections 3) has a small footprint, stands vertically and narrow, has a very soothing topaz blue light so you know its operational and the external case is finned with grooves to disseminate heat but I can't detect any heat so it works! 4)Backs up your computer's hard drive automatically or manually (I chose auto mode)in the background 5)has a variety of hookup options (I'm hooked up using USB cable) and 6) it works with both PC's or APPLE Macs.

    This LaCie External Hard Disk Drive is beautifully designed and so easy to install. I'm using it on my primary PC desktop. The LaCie was recommended to me by a couple of friends who are graphic designers using MACs but they assured me the LaCie can be used across platforms seamlessly. And it does!...more info