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Alternative 500Gb unit at a good price

* Size matters: smaller dimensions, bigger performance
* Up to 82MB/s fast for DV, HDV & some SD video
* Silent, sturdy, compact, mobile design
* Triple Interface for universal connectivity
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#1
http://ec2.images-amazon.com/images/P/B000GIXVZW.01.PT01._SCLZZZZZZZ_V23495276_SS400_.jpg
Thanks for this :) Good price!
#2
Hmm... the spec is confusing:

Item Number: 301092EK
Capacity: 320 GB
Interface: 2 x FireWire 800, 1 x FireWire 400, 1 x Hi Speed USB 2.0
Rotational Speed (rpm): 5400
Interface Transfer Rate: FireWire 800: up to 800Mbits/s (100MB/s)
Hi-Speed USB 2.0: up to 480Mbits/s (60MB/s)

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#3
[QUOTE=Kommunist]Hmm... the spec is confusing

Agree! But illustration clearly shows the larger and faster 500Gb unit in the headline description. Amazon seem prone to these errors but as this has been reviewed by customers I doubt that they were sent the smaller unit.
#4
It is confusing. Don't know what to say as it talks about triple interface which are very expensive but also 320GB. While the headline talk about 500GB and USB 2.0 :roll:
#5
I would really recommend doing your own online research into owner's reports on the long term reliability of the Lacie drives.

I have read several postings indicating a higher than average failure rate with their hard disks, and this has put me off them for good, regardless of price. However it is possible that the quality has since improved.

Edit: Just read another such comment at the bottom this very deal link.
#6
jazid
I would really recommend doing your own online research into owner's reports on the long term reliability of the Lacie drives.

I have read several postings indicating a higher than average failure rate with their hard disks, and this has put me off them for good, regardless of price. However it is possible that the quality has since improved.

Edit: Just read another such comment at the bottom this very deal link.


I've got 3 of the Porsche Lacie Drives 250gb * 2 and a 320Gb and they all have different makes of disks inside. They do run hot, the case is designed to operate this way.
They look cool when stacked though I find that they get excessively hot when used this way. Be aware that as supplied they do not spin down. They can be altered to do spin down but this requires the case to be opened so best left only to techies. I for one can live with the heat 'cos they look better than just about any other drive and the case is about as small as you can get for an external 3.5 inch drive. My 250Gb drives are on 24*7 and have been for over a year now without incident, should add that none of the data stored on them is critical and that I have it backed up elsewhere. Nice kit though.:thumbsup:
#7
I dont think that Lacie actually make the Hard drives themselves - the drives inside are makers like Western Digital, Seagate etc ???
#8
..r
I dont think that Lacie actually make the Hard drives themselves - the drives inside are makers like Western Digital, Seagate etc ???

Thats right, mine are a mix of Maxtor, Seagate and Western Digital
#9
Can you just explain how you forced them to spin down because I'm pretty sure this is important in keeping read/write errors to a minimum etc.

Thanks! Great deal by the way for a firewire external drive!
#10
I have the 320gb version its low noise, looks nice and have had no problems whatsoever.
#11
Doesn't really seem a price that's much different to a few other things around.

Maxtor 500gb external drive delivered for the same price here: http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/index.html?action=c2hvd19wcm9kdWN0X292ZXJ2aWV3&product_uid=118937&_LOC=UK
#12
dean_brfc
Doesn't really seem a price that's much different to a few other things around.

Maxtor 500gb external drive delivered for the same price here: http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/index.html?action=c2hvd19wcm9kdWN0X292ZXJ2aWV3&product_uid=118937&_LOC=UK


This one has firewire and the one on ebuyer is only USB i think

I m so tempted by this but if i get this I would have 3 different branded drives which would start to look a bit odd on the shelf!
#13
I removed the disks and loaded them into a Linux box so that I could gain better control of the drive parameters. Google is your friend, its not too hard. Nearly all IDE drives have the capability to spin down, just check out the specs on the manufacturers website. Once you've changed the required settings then replace into the Lacie enclosures.

Do not attempt to do this though unless you accept the risks that are associated with this procedure.
If you want to give it a go and need some guidance PM me and I'll see what I can do to help.
#14
HOT HOT HOT HOT HOT!

Just ordered one, is this a misprice?

Does anyone know if its an IDE or SATA drive?
#15
The reaqson it's confusing is that Amazon have listed the wrong details for the drive.

The Lacie Porsche 500GB drive comes as EITHER USB-2 OR Firewire, and not a Triple interface as advertised. The Triple interface drive is the D2, not the Lacie Porsche.

It is however a good price for the drive, which is usually around 96 +VAT (112.80 inc).

See http://www.jigsaw24.com/proddesc.asp?ITEM=X329AMA or better yet http://www.lacie.com/uk/products/product.htm?pid=10767 for a more accurate description.
#16
[SIZE=3]Always wanted to hard drive a Porsche :giggle: [/SIZE]
#17
Overclockers have it to, http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HD-048-LC not sure on postage options though. Standard method is £9 odd but they do have other options.
#18
Thanks for the info on the spin down procedure. I'll look into it.

I'm severely tempted by this. The last 500gb external drive I bought cost me about £95 but didn't have firewire. Transfer rates are not really as great as they could be with USB so this could be classed as a "necessary upgrade"!:lol:
#19
If sustained transfer rates really matter to you then firewire is the only choice, for most purposes though USB2 is more than capable and there is little point in paying the premium for firewire unless you really understand the reason why you need it.
#20
tbh ive got two of the 320 gig versions...ive had em for about two years and had no probs whatsoever....the only reason im not buyin this one is ive just put 1tb into my pc and ive got 3 external drives as it is!
[mod]#21
Thanks Bertt, good price! :)
#22
defard
tbh ive got two of the 320 gig versions...ive had em for about two years and had no probs whatsoever....the only reason im not buyin this one is ive just put 1tb into my pc and ive got 3 external drives as it is!


Thats a lot of porn!
#23
Reliability - I've been using LaCie products for years and have found them to be extremely reliable. (I don't work for LaCie. I'm just a punter.)

Drives used - LaCie don't make their own drives. The ones I have use Western Digital drives.

Interface - Remember Firewire 800 is faster than USB 2.

Spin speed - 5400 rpm is slow and really only used in laptop drives. Go for a drive of at least 7200 rpm.

500GB - Big drives are getting cheaper every month so wait until you really need one before you buy then you'll be able to get the best price at the time.
#24
Seems only to be USB available now, no firewire???
#25
I ordered one too, so we shall see what actual drive turns up!
#26
Mine arrived today.

Its a USB 2.0 version - there are no firewire connections

Its also a 7200 RPM model with 8 Meg cache.

BTW THERE IS A FAN IN THE ENCLOSURE - This is not fanless. Mine has come one a few times, but not too noisy

Still not a bad price, might compain anyhow see if I can get a voucher.

**UPDATE**
Just used thier ring back option under help, and complained the description was incorrect. They offered to refund or replace and I said I would be happy to keep the item could they maybe offer a voucher, and they have refunded the VAT for the item back to my card.

Actually they refunded £15.00 back so thats £74.99 the drive cost.

Sweet.
#27
I've just ordered one...let's see if I can also get a £15 (or more) off in the form of a voucher??

Cheers

ADC
#28
Ive ordered one too i hope i get my vat back :P

lol
#29
i got £13 refunded back so happy days

thanks
mike
#30
Thanks, that's useful to know. I've got a 250GB version, which is fanless, and I was toying with the 500GB version. But I need that to be fanless too. So I'll probably go for one of these instead: http://svp.co.uk/products-solo.php?pid=1465
#31
Can anyone who received it confirm that Lacie is 500GB and not 320GB as described in 'techical details'?

Regards,

sidd
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there are 3 types of people in world, one who can count and another who can not.
#32
Yes its 500gb (well were 1000 bits = kilobyte)
#33
wacko911
Yes its 500gb (well were 1000 bits = kilobyte)


465gb Formatted ! :p
#34
Spoke to "Kelly" on Amazon ringback and was able to get £15 refunded.

ADC

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