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Lacie Big Disk 1TB Desktop Hard drive, 7200rpm, 8M cache, Hi Speed USB2, Design by Neil Poulton is now reduced to just £169.99 @ Amazon !

Features: The most powerful Hi-Speed USB 2.0 hard drive of its size | Plug & play to easily back up multiple workstations | Unique ultra-quiet, heat-dissipating design | Versatile: stack, rack-mount or stand upright

Description : d2 Design by Neil Poulton. The most powerful Hi-Speed USB 2.0 hard drive in a portable 5.25" 1U form factor, the LaCie Big Disk is designed for low-cost storage expansion and is ideal for backing up several workstations with enormous capacities up to 1TB. With USB universal connectivity and no software to configure, this plug & play drive delivers high performance with maximum convenience. Easily share and exchange among multiple workstations for archiving without clogging the network. Its durable d2 body has been uniquely designed to naturally dissipate heat (500GB and 600GB drives are fanless) and its smart fan technology (in the 1TB drive) allows for the quietest possible operation.
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#1
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Capacity: 1TB
Interface: 1 x Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port (compatible with USB 1.1)
Fan: Smart fan - a cooling system that is ultra-quiet with settings that automatically vary depending upon temperature
Rotational Speed (rpm): 7200
Interface Transfer Rate: up to 480Mbits/s (60MB/s)
Max Sustained Transfer Rate: up to 34MB/s
Average Seek Time (write): <10ms
Buffer: 8MB
Size: 1.7 x 6.3 x 10.6 in. / 44 x 173 x 268 mm
Weight: 5.51 lbs / 2500 g
System Requirements: Hi-Speed USB 2.0 equipped computer: Windows 2000/XP or Mac OS 10.2.x or greater
USB 1.1 equipped computer: Windows 2000/XP or Mac OS 9.x/10.x
Intel Pentium II 350MHz-compatible or Apple G3 processor or greater
Minimum 64MB RAM
Driver-free for Windows XP/2000 & Mac OS X
Warranty: 2-year Limited Warranty
#2
voted hot even though I don't like LaCie ;)
#3
Not a bad price although there's no option to raid.
#4
Wow, just wow.
#5
Voted hot, nice price :)
#6
i wonder if this has 2 500gb drives installed. if thats the case you can buy 2 500gb 16mb cache bare drives for about 130inc vat from several places. having said that it is a good price to have it in one external unit.
#7
Yeah pretty much, 2 hard drives stuck together in a box. Considering a single 1TB drive is still over £200.
#8
I've got one of these Lacie externals hdd but with a smaller capacity, it works really well but I have found it to be a bit noisy (whirring sound) if you are going to keep it on a desk unless they have sorted that problem out in the last year or so.
#9
i just bought a iomega 500gb hdd, and was considering the lacie 500gb for about 83.00, but several reviews said it was a noisey hdd so put me off.
#10
The thing that puts me off with larger hard drives is: 'what if you have a failure'?

You've lost a lot.

That's why I prefer to spread the load over smaller Hard Drives. Maybe about 250gb maximum.

Saying that, I'm always tempted....
#11
Good price for 1TB of data

An alternative would be two 500gb Western Digital MyBook @ £87.00 each = £174
#12
Um... by that logic... don't you think that 3 years ago you would "never dream of putting all my stuff on the one 250Gb drive... too risky, I put all my stuff on max. 100Gb drives!"
#13
very good price for a 1TB drive. Voted hot.
#14
Istanbul_Kop
The thing that puts me off with larger hard drives is: 'what if you have a failure'?

You've lost a lot.

That's why I prefer to spread the load over smaller Hard Drives. Maybe about 250gb maximum.

Saying that, I'm always tempted....


No substitute for a good backup policy. I had a flood and would have lost everything whatever the capacity of disks I'd used.
#15
pealy
No substitute for a good backup policy. I had a flood and would have lost everything whatever the capacity of disks I'd used.


I *think* hard drives themselves should generally survive a flood, if you can get them out before the contacts rust away completely - they're air-tight units, so they should be water-tight.

Fire should kill them, though :)
#16
air-tight ? don't they have a fan (and therefore air-flow) ?
#17
Don't think so all HDDs are passively cooled by convection from the case with or without external fans.
#18
driver8
air-tight ? don't they have a fan (and therefore air-flow) ?


Lol, HD's don't have fans.
#19
Generally, the actual hard drive casing (not the cosmetic outer casing) has a small hole or valve that is needed in order to retain the correct air pressure within the case - without it the unit could fail if the external air pressure changes but not the internal air pressure. The hole or valve only needs to be the size of a pin-*****, & it's usually covered by a sticky label, to prevent dust & contaminents getting in - the label still allows air in/out as it's porous.

So, it's true to say that the case is water-resistant, but I think waterproof might be stretching it too far; the chance of drops of water getting inside the case are small, as the hole is smaller than a drop of water, but if the case is left to stand in water then water will eventually seep in. If a case does get water damage, there's a reasonable chance that it will still work if left to dry out.
#20
great price!

ive bought three external drives over the years - 1 is kept on my desk, one in the loft, and one at work. they're rotated every couple of months (all synced up to the pc over a couple of days, making sure they all have the latest data and none are in the same place at the same time) - keeps my backups safe, and pretty cheap too.

the lacie is by far the best of the lot (buffalo, wd, and lacie). very tempted by this one too!
#21
warrenp
Um... by that logic... don't you think that 3 years ago you would "never dream of putting all my stuff on the one 250Gb drive... too risky, I put all my stuff on max. 100Gb drives!"


Dont you think that 3 years before that you would never dream of putting all your stuff on a 100gb drive? I put all mine on 10gb max!
#22
samc
Dont you think that 3 years before that you would never dream of putting all your stuff on a 100gb drive? I put all mine on 10gb max!

I remember thinking my 340Mb Maxtor was impressive... Then again it did die.
#23
mine died after 4months. the raid span corrupted itself one day and I had to spend a month recovering all my info using virtual raid rebuilding software. I don't recommend them.. Infact I don't recommend the D2 lacie range at all... all 3 of them I have owned died within 12 months... my Lacie Porsches, Maxtors, WDs and Infrant boxes have been going strong thou.

still voting hot, cause its a good price... but I'd steer clear.
#24
Tenex
I remember thinking my 340Mb Maxtor was impressive... Then again it did die.
I still have my Connor 350MB working :)
#25
anyone have experience of the noise levels with this?
#26
I have three LaCie drives. An old 120GB HD (5> yrs old), a D2 Extreme 250 GB HD (3> yrs old) and, a D2 Extreme 500GB HD (2> yrs old). The 500 GB drive is in exactly the same enclosure as the 1 TB one on offer but contains two 250 GB drives instead of two 500 GB drives. The noise coming from the D2 drives is negligible but the 500 GB one does get a little warm. All the drives have so far been utterly reliable and I personally would have no hesitation in buying another LaCie external HD. I just wish I had a spare £169.99. :)
#27
Husband states:
I've had three of these Lacie drives at work. Two 500GB and one 1TB. The 1TB and one of the 500GB drives failed within months. They are NOT passively cooled, there is a loud (imho) fan in the back of the case. The RMA support was rubbish - Lacie actually lost one of the drives that was sent back and had to be chased up repeatedly. I would never buy a Lacie drive again.
#28
cuteusmaximus
They are NOT passively cooled, there is a loud (imho) fan in the back of the case.

The question seemed to be generic - I assumed the OP meant bare HDD
drives. SOme enclosed drives use fans others don't.

Never owned a LaCie drive but although they are expensive I see many posts about failures - puts me in mind of Maxtor without the bad reputation.
#29
I agree. People seem to have had very different experiences with LaCie Drives. I can only repeat that mine, which usually operate 24/7, are very quiet i.e. no fan and, have thus far been utterly reliable. I use them primarily to make clones of my main HD i.e. for daily back up but, they do get used for video editing and other things as well. The only time they get turned off is when I go out then they are locked in a safe until I return. I keep at least two complete backups of everything in case one drive goes belly up. So far, touch wood, my LaCie HDs have worked perfectly. :thumbsup:
#30
samc
Dont you think that 3 years before that you would never dream of putting all your stuff on a 100gb drive?


no
#31
Back at £169.99 delivered.
#32
JunkMail
I agree. People seem to have had very different experiences with LaCie Drives. I can only repeat that mine, which usually operate 24/7, are very quiet i.e. no fan and, have thus far been utterly reliable. I use them primarily to make clones of my main HD i.e. for daily back up but, they do get used for video editing and other things as well. The only time they get turned off is when I go out then they are locked in a safe until I return. I keep at least two complete backups of everything in case one drive goes belly up. So far, touch wood, my LaCie HDs have worked perfectly. :thumbsup:


LaCie don't actually make drives, do they? I figured they bought buy OEM drives and stuck them in a pretty external casing (old ones were Porsche designed I believe?) and re-branded and resold them as LaCie units. Anyone ever opened theirs up to see? I'd like to know what lies underneath.

I just doubt a company as small as LaCie would have the manufacturing facilaties for HDs. If they did I'd imagine we'd see their drives outside of external enclosures, which I never have in all my years of building and repairing PCs.

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