LaCie 301440U d2 Quadra Hard Disk eSATA/FireWire800/FireWire400/USB 2.0 External Hard Drive (Aluminum)
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The LaCie d2 Quadra 500GB Hard Drive handles multiple demanding professional tasks, including digital content creation, audio/video editing, DVD authoring, and web animation. 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), using USB or Firewire, and software RAID 0/RAID 1 potential when daisy-chained with other drives. 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. Use it to easily store all of your files or back up your computer or small server regularly, whether at home or the office. 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. With the LaCie Shortcut Button (via USB or Firewire), you can easily launch any application with one push such as the included EMCĄ§ RetrospectĄ§ professional backup software for PC and Mac users. The d2 Quadra?s new design is sturdy, compact and versatile, making it ideal for intensive professional use. 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. The d2 Quadra can stand upright, be stacked horizontally with other drives or rackmounted to save desktop space. System Requirements: Computer with an eSATA, FireWire 800, FireWire 400 or USB 2.0 port, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows VistaTM; 500MHz processor or higher, Mac OS 10.2.8 (Mac OS 10.3 for eSATA) or later; G4, G5, Mac Intel 500MHz processor or higher, Minimum 128MB RAM (512MB or greater recommended).

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

    ...more info
  • 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
  • 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;

    ...more info
  • 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
  • Very Pleased.
    Use this on my iMac for TimeMachine backup. I have it partitioned into 3 disks. One I use as a bootable drive with the Firewire 800 port.

    Bought this from BuyNow Incorporated. Seller shipped the drive by Fed Ex (at no extra charge) and I had it with 3 days....more info
  • DirectTV HR-21 eStata works great with this drive
    I use this drive using the external estata interface on my directtv HR-21 receiver and it works GREAT. I now have 1 TB to store HD TV. It has been working for months with my directTV receiver with no problem. All I did was unplug the receiver, plug the drive into the estata port, switch the drive to always on and power up the directtv receiver and the receiver now sees this drive INSTEAD of the internal dirve (you don't get both). ...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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
    ...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