|LaCie 301343U 2TB Big Disk Quadra eSATA/FireWire800/FireWire400/USB 2.0 Desktop Hard Drive
|List Price: $306.99
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The Big Disk Quadra was created for professionals who expect high speed and capacity in an easy-to-use, compact hard disk. With eSATA 3Gbits, FireWire 800, FireWire 400 & Hi-Speed USB 2.0, it offers complete universal compatibility with any Mac or PC. With built-in RAID 0, it reaches fast burst transfer rates of up to 165MB/s (eSATA 3Gbits), making it ideal for audio/video editors, creative professionals or database managers. LaCie Setup Assistant provides automatic formatting with helpful, customizable features for effortless setup. It comes with advanced backup software with computer recovery: Genie Backup Manager Pro for Windows and Intego Backup Manager Pro for Mac users. This versatile hard disk offers various space-saving configurations - vertical, horizontal, stacked or rack-mounted. The unique, fanless aluminum heat sink design with 60% more surface area for heat dissipation keeps it quiet and safe. The LaCie Shortcut Button on the front launches any backup or library application of your choosing in just one push. Design by Neil Poulton. Interface Transfer Rate - (max. bus speed) - eSATA - up to 3Gbits/s (300MB/s); FireWire 800 - up to 800Mbits/s (100MB/s); FireWire 400 - up to 400Mbits/s (50MB/s); Hi-Speed USB 2.0 - up to 480Mbits/s (60MB/s) Seek Time (Read) - <10 ms (eSATA) Unit Size - 1.7 x 6.8 x 10.4 in. / 44 x 173 x 264 mm; Weight - 5.51 lbs. / 2500 g LaCie Shortcut Button - Launch any application (backup, music, slideshows. ) with one push Triple Power Management - Auto for energy efficiency; On for instant access; Off for data protection System Requirements - Computer with an eSATA, FireWire 800, FireWire 400 or Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port running Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista / Macintosh OS X 10.3 or higher Includes LaCie Big Disk Quadra; eSATA cable; FireWire 800 (9-to-9 pin) and FireWire 400 (6-to-6 pin) cable; USB 2.0 cable (USB 1.1 compatible); External power supply; Drive stand for up
- Quadruple interface for maximum connectivity on any PC/Mac
- Built-in Raid 0 and eSATA for fast speeds
- Sturdy aluminum heat sink design for high reliability
- Ideal for large volume backups or creative pro use
- Incredible 2TB storage capacity
- Before purchasing, read this:
LaCie 301440U d2 Quadra Hard Disk 500GB eSATA/FireWire800/FireWire400/USB 2.0 External Hard Drive (Aluminum)
this looked like a great product. I purchased 2 of them, one for my medical practice, and one for my home. When a patient in the graphics design industry told me this brand of backup hard drives always failed, I didn't pay attention. However, first the unit in my home failed, and then the office unit failed a few weeks after. Both drives are dead within at one year of use. I have purchased many different hard drives, and these have been my greatest disappointment....more info
- Smooth Operator
From easy setup to flawless operation, this is one product that deserves a top rating and offers future flexibility with numerous interface option....more info
- Fits my needs well
I am a laptop DJ, using a macbook pro with one FW800 port and Native Instruments Traktor 3.2 software for DJing. My sound card is using the FW400 port while my midi controller is on USB port.
My local hard drive is too small for my music collection so I decided to get an external drive for my music. The Lacie drive is sleek looking, solidly constructed, and quiet (fanless). It is working quite well for me, as I need the speed of FW800 for realtime DJing. The bus speed of 800Mbps allows me to load tracks as quickly as possible which is important when DJing live. While it's not quite as fast as the local drive, it is fast enough for my purposes.
I bought two Lacie drives, one for playing live and the other as a backup. I really like that Lacie put 2 FW800 ports, allowing me to daisy chain both drives together for an easy backup. I use SilverKeeper 2.0 (freeware) as my backup software. V2.0 is compatible with 10.3.9-10.5.x. It is easy to use and I am quite happy with it. I did not use any of the other software that came with the Lacie drive.
I am quite pleased with my purchase.
- Great eSATA external hard drive
I plugged this directly into my Dell XPS600 motherboard's SATA sockets with StarTech 6 Ft. Shielded External eSATA to SATA Cable, M/M (SATA2ESATA6) , told the BIOS to turn on the 3rd SATA socket, and I am sucessfully transferring files at 95MB/s to and from my RAID 0 hard drive, which is far, far faster than my old Firewire 400 setup.
This will become my primary backup hard drive and my old firewire hard drive will become my off-site backup hard drive that I will bring home from work once a week to refresh the files.
I did not install the backup software that came with it or any of the cables that came with it (USB, Firewire 400, Firewire 800 AND eSata) because I am happy with SyncBackFree & BeyondCompare for backup and I needed the one cable they did not provide, nor did I expect them to.
It seems to be a quality hard drive and very quiet.
- Great Quiet Drive
Best hard drive for the money period. Quiet and has every connection you could think of. I own three of these and have never had any problems. ...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
- Very disappointed
I bought my d2 quadra 500GB 11-2007. It is the model with no ridges.
It looks great, feels sturdy but isn't that quiet. Sometimes it is loud & sometimes moderate. I had called LaCie & they said the noise was normal. It runs warm but not hot. It worked great with Mac Time Machine. From 11-2007 till a few days ago.
It just quit. So 15-16 months of use. Light works but Mac won't recognize it. Will not appear in Disk Utility either. I tried 2 other cables; FW800, FW400 & USB & still no joy.
It is still under warranty. I'm not sure I want to send all my personal backed up data into LaCie. I may want to try another brand. ...more info
- Power adapter not working
This was the first time I went for a LACIE product. I wanted a really good external HD for TIME MACHINE in my Imac. Just out of the box, we started with the wrong foot. I'm getting a blinking blue light with no response at all. Never appeared on Finder. Called Customer Service and spent hours on the phone with no answer. Googled "lacie blinking blue light" and realized it was the power adapter that came faulty. If the drive works, I really don't know! But one thing is certain, I won 't purchase any LACIE product ever again....more info
- Great Drive but...
I like the drive but one of the factors that lead me to buy the LaCie was the free for one year online storage. I checked it out and the cost after the year was good so I bought it. Signed up for the free one year and THEN was told that they did NOT support Macintosh but that it was coming soon. That was early December. I suppose you can attribute just about any time period to "coming soon" that could include months or years.
Otherwise the drive is quite and performs as it should. If I had it to do over again, I would look at another less expensive drive and buy the online storage outright....more info
- Better off buying WD Mybook or FreeAgent.
I own Seagate FreeAgent, WD Mybook (2x) and Lacie Quadra. all 1TB except for Freeagent 1.5TB. Out of all three brands I'm useing I would not recommand Lacie Quadra for couple reason:
1) Slow as hell compare to Freeagent. I'm running on my Macbook Pro with Firewire800 and it takes so long to "get info". I thought Firewire 800 supposed to be twice the speed....
2) It's very noisy. all the other ones, I do not even notice being on, but Quadra's vibration from the fan(?), HD itself, or something is quite loud.
3) It's the only one that stays turned ON when my MBP is shut down. this no big deal, except that if it's in your bedroom, that blue light could be too bright. I usually switch off from the back; bit of hassle.
4) Only external HD I've used so far that had corrupted files. I think I might have to send in for repair. :-/
I've written all CONS however, There is one PROS and that is the looks, I think it the most sleekest and nicest casing out of all three ext. HD I have ;).
I use 15.4 MACBook Pro laptop. My files are typically: NEF, JPG, PSD, Excel, Word.
- Awesome, fast and reliable.
I purchased this product for class, post production where I use final cut pro. It saves large files quickly and I havn't lost anything as much as I have been using it. No freezing or malfunction has occured. A great product and plenty of space for video editing! ...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
- Great Drive!
Bought this drive with its rack, and wired up (FW400) to a mac mini (the mini fits perfectly under the rack, btw); The drive has really been getting a workout, but handles heat well. The ribbed aluminum casing is slightly warm to the touch when idle, and very warm (not really hot; it can comfortably be held) after several hours of writing data (rsync'ing about 120GB two times, plus some additional content);
Also, I would say this is not very noisy; when in sleep, barely audible; when waking or parking for sleep, a quick click noise; when in full operation, an audible whirring with expected write noise of drive heads.
Probably too loud for a bedroom (when in operation), but fine for an entertainment console, especially if it is enclosed. I keep this setup running 24/7 with intermittent access (mainly reading at this point) and have no probs; waiting for price to dip and will get a second to "mirror" this one with a nightly rsync;
- 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
- Door Stop #2
This is my second Lacie d2 in a year. #2 just died and now I have 2 door stops.
The drives just flat-out stop working and the computer cannot find it. The first one's fan started making a lot of noise then it died. The second one lasted about 6 weeks and died.
These drives are 100% crap. I wouldn't have another one if they gave it to me....more info
- LaCie does it right
I chose this product because it had FireWire 800. It was a dream to set up and sits quietly on my desk backing up my work....more info
- works great
I use this drive for recording audio in protools. I've had it for a couple of months now and it has performed flawlessly. It stays cool and quiet. I recommend this drive to anyone in the audio profession. ...more info