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LaCie 250 GB Rugged Hard Disk with FireWire 800, FireWire 400, and USB2.0
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Product Description

When mobile, things are bound to happen when you take an external hard drive with you. The Lacie 250GB Rugged All-Terrain External Hard Drive is designed to deliver a hard-drive for versatile use on and off roads, with connectivity to Macintosh or Windows PC. The exclusive creation of world-renowned designer Neil Poulton, this portable storage solution offers the supreme speed of FireWire 800 along with FireWire 400 and Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interfaces for true universal connectivity. Conveniently bus-powered and plug & play, it's ideal for backup, video storage and large data volume exchange on the go. Simply plug it into just about any computer anywhere for backup, video storage and large data volume exchange. Its unique scratch-protected aluminum shell and shock-resistant rubber bumper make the LaCie Rugged Hard Drive especially resistant to harsh elements for extra protection along the road of your adventures. Average Seek Time (Write) - Less than 12ms Cache - 8MB or greater Maximum Drop Height - 35 / 90 cm in non-operating mode (dropping is not recommended in operating mode) Software - LaCie 1-Click Backup Software (Windows / Macintosh OS 10.2 or greater) Silverkeeper for automatic backup and file verification with Mac OS 9 & Mac OS X Driver-free for Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Vista and Mac OS X; Silverlining for Windows 98SE, Windows Me, and Mac OS 9 Compatible with Mac OS 10.x / Mac OS 9.x; Windows 2000 / Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 98SE / Windows Me Unit Dimensions - 3.5 x 1 x 5.7 / (90x25x145mm) Weight - 8.8 ounces / 250 grams

The LaCie Rugged All-Terrain 301291 250 GB USB 2.0/FireWire400/FireWire800 Portable Hard Drive, Design by Neil Poulton, is built to survive the harsh elements of the real world. This durable, portable storage drive offers 160 GB of storage along with a universal high-speed USB 2.0 connection and FireWire 400 and FireWire 800 interfaces. This high-performance drive is built with a rugged, drop-resistant aluminum alloy shell and a shock-resistant rubber bumper, making it the ultimate solution for your on-the-go data needs.

LaCie's Rugged All-Terrain 250 GB USB 2.0/FireWire400/FireWire800 Portable Hard Drive offers:
  • Rugged drop-resistant and shock-resistant enclosure.
  • FireWire 400, FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 interfaces.
  • 250 GB of disc space with super-fast transfer rates of up to 800 Mbits/s.
  • Driver-less operation for simple set up.
  • Free one-year online backup service.

With FireWire 800, FireWire 400, and USB, the Rugged All-Terrain has near-universal compatibility. View larger.

The Rugged All-Terrain's stunning look was designed by world-renown designer Neil Poulton. View larger.

The Rugged All-Terrain withstands bumps and shocks to keep your data safe and secure.
Ultra-Portable Data Shuttle
If you travel a lot with your data, the Rugged All-Terrain is the drive is for you. Perfect for users who need backup, storage and large-volume exchange for office files, photos, music and even video clips, the Rugged All-Terrain is powered by the FireWire or USB connection, which means that it uses the power of the connected computer to operate and doesn't require an additional AC adapter or power cord.

The Rugged All-Terrain offers the triple-interface convenience of high-speed USB 2.0 connectivity (which is USB 1.1 backward compatible) along with both FireWire 400 and FireWire 800 interfaces. With this triple-interface functionality, along with the drive's driver-free and plug-and-play features, exchanging data between Macs and PCs is as easy as it gets. The Rugged All-Terrain even comes with a USB power-sharing cable for low powered USB hubs/computers. (The Rugged All-Terrain requires no extra drivers for Windows XP/2000/Vista and Mac OS X operating systems.)

This high-performance drive features a spin speed of 5400 RPM, an 8 MB cache, and a transfer rate of up to 800 Mbits per second via the FireWire 800 connection. Measuring a mere 3.5 x 1 x 5.7 inches (WxHxD) and weighing less than nine ounces, the Rugged All-Terrain is designed to travel and will fit easily in your briefcase or backpack. Take it with you on business trips and vacations, or use it for transferring files from one desktop computer to another.

Included with the drive are LaCie software bundles to enhance its performance and functionality, including LaCie's 1-Click Backup Software (for Mac and PC) and SilverKeeper Backup Software (Mac).

Mobile, All-Terrain Protection
Designed exclusively for LaCie by world-renowned designer Neil Poulton, the Rugged All-Terrain is built like an off-road vehicle, ready to withstand the bumps and bruises of your travels. Its unique, scratch-protected aluminum shell and shock-resistant rubber bumper make it especially resistant to harsh elements. In fact, the drive is designed to withstand vertical drops of up to 35 inches while in non-operating mode. (Dropping the drive while it's in operation, however, could cause damage, so be careful!)

For additional styling points, the Rugged All-Terrain can be outfitted with additional colorful bumpers that will keep your drive protected. Easy-to-change and durable once on, they are made of the same quality rubber as the original bright orange Rugged sleeve. The optional set, which is sold separately, includes green-grey, blue-grey, and black bumpers.

Free One-Year Unlimited Backup Service
With the purchase of this LaCie Hard Disk, you will also receive a full year of LaCie's Online Backup service. With this service, the data that you store on your computer will be encrypted twice and uploaded to the offsite data center where they will remain encrypted, maintaining your privacy.

When you sign up for the service, software is added to your computer that looks for new and changed files to update. The service is completely automated and only backs up new and modified files when your computer is idle, so you don't have to do a thing, and your computer's performance will never be affected.

This service lets you upload an unlimited amount of photos, music, video, and documents for a full year. After that you can continue with the service for a low monthly fee. This is LaCie's way of ensuring that should anything happen to your Hard Disk -- should it get stolen or damaged, for instance -- your invaluable data will remain completely protected and accessible.

The LaCie Rugged All-Terrain Portable Hard Drive 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
Rugged All-Terrain drive, FireWire 800 cable, FireWire 400 cable, USB 2.0 cable, USB power-sharing cable, and quick start guide.

Optional bumpers let you easily change the look of your Rugged All-Terrain.

  • Ultra durable 250 GB USB/FireWire portable storage for people on the go
  • USB or FireWire powered; no bulky power adapter required
  • Drop-resistant aluminum alloy shell with bumpers can withstand vertical drops of up to 35 inches
  • Includes one-year online backup service providing unlimited off-site backup storage
  • Measures 3.5 x 1.0 x 5.7 inches (WxHxD); weighs less than 9 ounces; 3-year limited warranty

Customer Reviews:

  • Pretty Good...
    It come with one year online backup service which is pretty good. But the hardisk back up program is a little tricky, maybe since I didn't read the manual?
    Anyway, pretty easy to use, and seems pretty firm......more info
  • False Advertising!!!
    "Gets power from the USB bus so no extra adapter is required."

    This is a lie! This battery sucks so much juice "5amps" that it won't work on my netbook. IT EVEN HAS A SECOND USB PLUG TO DRAW POWER THAT DOESN"T WORK!!!


    If I wanted a plug in hard drive I would've bought one.

    It's transfer speeds on firewire 400 are also horribly slow.
    ...more info
  • LaCie 301371 500 GB Portable Hard Drive
    First Kuddos to Amazon for very quick surface delivery! The included instructions were easy to follow. The first back-up is unavoidably long -- and did require baby sitting to respond to individual file copying issues, almost all of which dealt with photographs that could not be copied. This required essentially restarting the back-up at the beginning, but DID take a lot less time as it sped through comparing what it had already saved with the original data. I bought two of the drives so that I will always have the current file plus two previous positions. I am very satisfied with the product to-date. Upon the advice of my son, I bought a lot more GBs than my current demands to allow for file growth and a larger capacity replacement computer. I have not had to use the back-up position, thankfully....more info
  • Horrible product for OS X users
    RUN AWAY!!! I've used LaCie's higher-end external drives for years as a video editor. I know that some of their low-end drives, like the Porsche series are dogs. As for this one, I don't know if my drive is defective or if this is just a terrible product, but here is my experience: If you need an external hard drive, you probably have a time-sensitive storage problem. You expect the drive to work, and quickly. I have been going back and forth with LaCie tech support for four days by e-mail-note that they have no telephone service or live chat-as they ignore my problem. It takes 12-24 hours to get a response for each question, as they tell me to redo things I've already told them I've tried. THIS DRIVE WON'T MOUNT IN OS X; it is native formatted for OS 9. Who has OS 9 anymore? It's 2009, come on guys. They provide a install wizard that is supposed to autodetect OS X users and reformat the drive for you. It doesn't work! Then the wizard refers you to use Mac's own Disk Utility to partition the drive. Disk utility can't even mount the external hard drive. Isn't that a pickle. I'm left with a product that won't mount to even be reformatted--USELESS! On top of that, this is advertised as bus powered, but with a Powerbook G4 I have to use the included USB power cable to get the drive to spin at all-no matter what port I am using, Firewire 400, 800 or USB 2.0. It may not even be getting enough power to mount through this attached cable-this may be the problem. And note that the USB power cable takes up your other USB port, which is massively inconvenient. An AC adapter would be preferable. I know they say you can run over this drive with a truck (when it's OFF-nobody says you can drop this thing while it's running, which is really the problem you worry about), but how often does that happen? Maybe I'll stick with less gimmicky products and try to find one that just plain and simple mounts. ...more info
  • Nice but rugged???
    A nice external hard drive that seems to do what it claims on the propaganda. It is an ugly little thing but the casting is nice and hard so I suppose it is rugged. If I could relive the moment when I bought this item would I make the same mistake again?? Yes, I suppose I would make that mistake again. ...more info
  • LaCie 250 GB Hard Disk
    Worked like a charm! Hooked up via USB and then dragged and dropped files! Have yet to use the software and backup daily but that is the plan. The Hard Drive is rugged and can be brought anywhere for backup or restore purposes!...more info
  • I like it!
    LaCie's rugged drive is a great plug in and go hard drive. I'm no tech guy, so i like that it is easy to use and so portable....more info
  • LaCie Rugged firewire hard drive
    If your looking for a self-powered (through firewire/usb) portable hard drive that you can edit off of you should already know you need at least 400 firewire but you can still get drop frames which is what makes this drive so great because it also has 800 firwire conections. Though it is not the most sleak and shinny portable drive out there chances are you wont find more bang for your buck. Considering both 800/400 firewire and usb with 500GB memory for the range of $160-$180 its hard to complain. and though its bulkier than others this ones in it for the long run hense the name rugged. its larger because its more stable and less likely to fail or corrupt a file if droped or tossed around. Bascilly its a whole lot of fast stable memory for a pretty affordable price. i would highly recomend it... ESPECIALLY if you need a portable drive you can edit off of in programs such as final cut pro....more info
  • The Best Option on the Market!!
    I have tried just about every brand of HD that is currently in existence and if you need portability, the Lacie Rugged series is hands down the best HD option currently on the market. I actually use a massive amount of external HD's. I just purchased my 26th Lacie Rugged HD last week. I am an architectural photographer and I am constantly taking my HD's back and forth from my studio to my home. I actually use a very simple and straight forward system. Each job gets its own HD. Since I shoot 4x5 and the scans come out to be really large, a 320-500 Gig drive is the perfect size for the jobs I get. At any one time I can have 10-20 jobs in certain stages of completion so I need a lot of drives. I simply buy Pelican hard cases with foam and store all of my drives in these cases. The design of the HD's combined with the design of Pelican cases w/foam is a perfect combination for traveling with a large number of these drives. The pelican cases I use allow 12 HD's per case.

    I have had many of these drives for a long time now and I haven't had a single problem with a single drive. I simply cannot say the same thing about the other portable HD's on the market. I dont know what everyone else prefers but I absolutely have to have firewire. These are triple interface so you can use whatever connection you prefer. Firewire drives cost a bit more however its absolutely worth it. We are at the point now where HD storage is incredibly cheap. Just a few years ago drives were priced at $1 per gig. These drives are 1/3 that price so even tho they are a bit more expensive than the the other drives on the market, its still vastly cheaper than what it was just a few years ago. A 500 Gig drive of this quality is absolutely worth 150-170 bucks. IMO, its one of the best valued drives on the market when you consider what you get and the quality your getting.

    One of my favorite things about this drive is the size. Its just a perfect size for a HD. Not too small and not too large. It makes them perfect for the Pelican cases. On top of that they look very very cool. They are my favorite looking drives on the market however that is very subjective and others may disagree. The different colored shells you can buy is also a great feature. I actually use them to color code the drives I am currently working on. The are easy as pie to snap on and the other colors available are very cool looking. The fact that these require no AC outlet is a HUGE plus although most portable HD's have this feature. It allows me to pop open my Pelican case and connect the drives without even removing them from the case. Cords are a huge problem for me as I have them going everywhere on both of my computer set ups so any device that I buy that is free of cords is again a HUGE plus in my book.

    Some people have suggested a few negatives in regards to these drives and I really have to disagree with some of them. For instance some have suggested that the bigger size compared to some of the other portable drives is a negative. I disagree. Lacie's drives are a bit thicker however that was done on purpose as it provides more protection during transportation. With some of the other portable drives like WD, there is absolutely no extra room inside the drive at all which makes them more vulnerable when traveling. We are after all talking about portable drives and how well these drives are able to sustain the rigors of portable use is a HUUGE aspect to these drives overall performance and worth. Lacies cases are much better suited for such rigors. Size isnt everything and this is a case where bigger is better. Its important to note that we are not talking about a considerable size difference. The Lacie is still very small, its just not as small as some of the other drives and again that is a good thing. Price was also brought up as being a negative and I have to disagree with this one as well. If it were more expensive yet equal in quality then that would be a negative however you get what you pay for in regards to these drives so that additional price is actually a good thing as your getting a much better drive overall. Price is never a bad thing when it gets you something considerably better. In this case if you spend less, you get less.

    Last but not least I have seen some people questioning this HD's "Rugged" stature. This is the one I disagree with the most. This drive is easily the most suited drive for travel on the market. These people simply are not looking at this realistically at all. If your comparing these HD's to a Hummer 4x4 then surely they are not very rugged at all by comparison however when you compare them to every other HD on the market, which is the proper way of measuring this drives "Rugged" stature, then the use of the word "Rugged" couldn't possibly be more fitting. The person who brought this up stated that he wouldn't suggest dropping it. I didn't realize that you had to be able to drop a HD in order for it to be considered rugged. Anyone who has any common sense has to know that dropping any hard drive, regardless of model or manufacturer, is not a good thing. Lacie certainly did not use the word rugged as a way of suggesting that these drives were drop proof. If you drop it there is still a very good chance your going to damage it. Again that is not why the word "Rugged" was used. It was used in regards to the normal wear and tear that takes place with portable drives and in this regard these drives are without a doubt the most rugged drives on the market.

    I would even suggest that people who dont need portability still choose to go with this line of drives. I know its very temping to buy those 1TB - 2TB drives however the failure rate with the bigger drives is much much higher than with the smaller 250-750MB drives and the fact that these are built for portability, well using them in a stationary setting will only make these drives overall lifespan that much greater after all if they are built for taking the rigors of travel, just imagine how well they will hold up if you dont travel with them.

    I dont know about the other people that have used these but I will never buy another HD again, that is unless Lacie comes out with something even better. As is, I am sticking with the "Rugged" Line. They are the best drives on the market imo and the fact that they look so damn cool is just a bonus. Popping open a Pelican case that has 12 of these babies inside never ceases to turn some heads, including my own, lol.

    Lacie has really outdone themselves with this entire line!!...more info
  • Just what I needed.
    I ran out of hard drive space on my 40 gb eMac and the LaCie 250 gb external was just what I needed. The Firewire unit was simple to hook up and works flawlessly. Partitioning and transferring things like my iPhoto library and music files was easy. I was also able to make a bootable hard drive for the LaCie. My old 40 gb eMac hd now has plenty of usable capacity for my needs and it didn't cost me an arm and a leg. ...more info
  • wonderful
    I use it as a backup to all my pictures and files.. it was recommended by friend of mine, I really thank him, it is light in wight, easy to use, high capacity storage with minimal wight. I carry it with me whenever I travel, than carrying 2 hard drives of 250 each...more info
  • Perfect Performance and Speed
    This is by far the best portable external drive I've experienced. I work on a Mac PowerBook, and I tried a few external drives that claim to be Mac compatible and have discovered that there are few of them that are. Most will not operate off USB2 alone and require an external power cable to power the drive. These often supply an additional USB cable for power that is too short to be used effectively.

    Yet this drive will operate from the firewire 800 port of the PowerBook with power! I plug it in and it works. I also must often work between my Mac and a PC. LaCie had this possibility in mind when designing the software. An additional portion of the drive can be formatted for the PC allowing the exchange of files between platforms.

    In addition, this drive is fairly lightweight, very rugged, and quick. Using Firewire 800 this drive performs extremely fast. Transferring files in double the speed of USB2, which is wonderful when needing to transfer video files between the PowerBook and the PC....more info
  • LaCie 250 GB
    I like the armor features. Unfortunately, it will still be damaged if dropped while being used. To Lacie's credit, that bit of info was posted on the internet for you to see before you buy. Many companies only tell of their products limitations only after you open the box.
    The disc has worked well. The thing I dislike is that each time I open a folder, it creates a new window on my Mac's screen, creating a lot of clutter. Maybe there is a way to stop it from opening a new window each time, but I do not know how.
    Also, their is no search window for the files. I am used to having that feature on the Mac and some other external drives. It does allow a search using Spotlight....more info
  • Fragile Drive without Rubber
    This HD is good as many reviewers said, I wont ad more Pros
    1 Big Cons: without the Rubber or when I pull out the rubber i found that isn't totally aluminum cased,.. the borders are plastic!! mean sadly plastic!
    men this is the reason to rate only ***3 I look for a totally aluminum case
    EX hard drive, this drive let me down. and no one mention this before....more info
  • Great little hard drive.
    LaCie 250 GB Rugged Hard Disk with FireWire 800, FireWire 400, and USB2.0
    This product is great. I've been using it for a month now with both the 800 and 400 FireWire connections. It's fast, lightweight, and stylish. It's also very convenient to drag along with me in my backpack....more info
  • Great Portable HD
    I needed a good high-capacity hard drive when I am doing photography. Something to dump my cards on to and keep shooting but yet would not take too much space or require extra cables/connections. This was perfect. It is powered by the computer and so I need only a Firewire and I am ready to go....more info
  • Great deal!!
    The price is good for the amount of GB you get. The speed with USB or firewire is perfect! No sound at all, really smooth when it's On. Only minor complain will be the size, which doesn't really matter when you compare them with the 80GB disk...which is less than 20% of that capacity you get with the Lacie Rugged. Last but not least, the designed is really cool!!...more info
  • At your risk
    I bought this for a Christmas present. It arrived in a typical software paperboard box with the drive basically exposed in the BIG shipping box. The shipping box it was sent in was 5x bigger then the drive. No innerpak. It rattled in the box from florida to South Dakota like a marble. I wouldn't even consider using it considering all drives are somewhat fragile.Amazon has been good in the past and this was shipped out of XP passport inc. Cearwater,Florida FOR Amazon. I'll buy it elsewhere. ...more info
  • Great all around portable hard drive
    This is one of the best portable hard drives I have used. First of all it is very sturdy and well made, but it also takes, firewire 400, 800 or USB 2.0, which is great when you sharing information among various computers with various connections. It has very fast rate of transfer and at 500 GB, is plenty of space for most peoples needs....more info
  • Portable yet breakable
    Broke after a month, won't mount. Lost all of my data and now the lacie support team is running having me run in circles. Worst hard drive experience. Don't buy this product. ...more info
  • Great Drive
    I have a MACBook Pro and needed extra space and this drive has been a great add on to my Laptop. It has the speed and capacity to allow me to work on large video and photo files, it also linked up with no issues with Time Machine.. A must for Apple or PC owners with the need for extra GB storage. A+ ...more info
  • love it
    i absolutely love it nice size, great feel, and i can just grab it and throw it in my bag and i don't have to worry about damage to it. i mostly got it cause it has both usb and firewire ports and them both work great....more info
  • False Advertising!!!
    "Gets power from the USB bus so no extra adapter is required."

    This is a lie! This battery sucks so much juice "5amps" that it won't work on my netbook. IT EVEN HAS A SECOND USB PLUG TO DRAW POWER THAT DOESN"T WORK!!!


    If I wanted a plug in hard drive I would've bought one.

    It's transfer speeds on firewire 400 are also horribly slow.
    ...more info
  • Easy setup, working in 10 minutes
    Received the Lacie Rugged 320GB yesterday (12/26/08),hooked it up to the MacBook did the formatting and had it backing up my hard drive in 10 minutes. Very simple and easy to use. The only thing that could be changed is a firewire cable that is not so large in diameter. Does get a little warm when doing a backup. Fits perfect into the Case Logic Hard Drive Case....more info
  • Does what it's supposed to do
    The product is exactly as described and for the last month has performed admirably. No issues, no failures. I use the disk as a backup clone of my laptop hard drive, so it doesn't get everyday use, but on the occasions that I have used it -- particularly when my laptop hard drive failed last week -- it has performed as expected. My husband owns two just like it (one is a different size); his favorable experience with the drives is what led me to purchase mine. We're a happy LaCie family....more info
  • Big, fast, warm--requires 2 USB ports and an extra hamster
    This drive looks great and has lots of capacity, but I've run in to a couple of things you might want to consider.
    [1] I bought the drive to use with my new laptop, a Fujitsu T5010 TabletPC. Unfortunately the laptop comes with a 4-pin Firewire port. The LaCie comes with connectors for USB, 6-pin, and 8-pin Firewire. One must purchase a 4-to-6-pin converter to use the Firewire. I'm using the USB right now and the speed seems pretty good.
    [2] The LaCie drive takes some juice to run! The manual says that if the USB bus does not provide enough power, one should plug in the supplemental USB power cable. I have found that I must always plug in both this power cable and the data connector to make the drive work, even on my tower. So the drive will occupy two of your USB ports when running.
    [3] The drive makes a great hand warmer on cold days--it runs hot!
    [4] Although the drive worked fine with my laptop at first, the two didn't get along last week. When I would plug the power cable in the drive would emit a soft beep-beep-beep-beep, but never the expected whooshing sound of the drive actually running. And while beeping, it would never be recognized by Windows when I would plug in the USB data cable. It never did this on my 2 towers and continued to work fine on them. Could it be that the laptop's lower USB port voltage (4.94-4.96) is right on the edge for the LaCie? The towers always read 5.03-5.06 VDC. Today the drive started to work again on my laptop, but I'm concerned about this potential source of unreliability. If it is a power issue, LaCie does sell a plug-in power adapter, but that kind of defeats the 'All-Terrain' portability lure, no? Does my Fujitsu need an extra hamster? Or does the LaCie need a more efficient motor?
    [5] The LaCie drive comes with one year of free unlimited online backup. Unfortunately I was not able to find anywhere on their web site how much the service costs AFTER the year is up. But with Microsoft Office Live offering 25 GB of free storage space I suppose I don't really care!...more info
  • USB connection is OK, Firewire connectivity is dodgy
    I bought one of these "triple interface" LaCie 250 gb "Rugged" drives off Amazon. Perhaps it's just mine that's defective, but mine kept having connection problems when linked to my computer using the Firewire 800 or 400 cables provided with the disk. However, the USB connection works great. So I'd recommend getting the USB only version instead. (My computer is a G4 Powerbook running Os X 10.5.6)...more info