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1TB external harddrive.
stunning design. no fan, should be quiet.
got almost all the desired interfaces, usb 2.0+firewire400+esata.
i believe it's one of the cheapest external harddrive with all these interfaces.

pre order for now. due in at 13th, Oct.
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banned#1
Looks quite nice as well
#2
Shame.

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probably wait for a few hours.
#3
'The LaCie Hard Disk, Design by Neil Poulton’s chic'

Ffs it's black shiny box, maybe I'm missing something here; wonder if they need anything else designing?
#4
Flynn Jack
'The LaCie Hard Disk, Design by Neil Poulton’s chic'

Ffs it's black shiny box, maybe I'm missing something here; wonder if they need anything else designing?


Indeed, a bit like those stainless steel Siemens kettles and toasters that were 4 times more than any others.

But I'm all for things looking nice though.

This seems like a decent price for a device with eSata and Firewire on top of the standard USB. I will have to add it to my "consider" list.
#5
that said, they have the "1TB Western Digital MyBook2 Home Edition - 3.5" USB 2.0 / FireWire 400 / eSata External Hard Drive" for a £4.50 less...
http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=701606
#6
What no Firewire 800?

Lol...Voted Hot by the way:thumbsup:
#7
JayDubya
that said, they have the "1TB Western Digital MyBook2 Home Edition - 3.5" USB 2.0 / FireWire 400 / eSata External Hard Drive" for a £4.50 less...
http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=701606


i think a lot of people would agree with me in saying i would much more prefer a lacie harddrive to a western digital.

Don't lacie and porsche have something in common?
#8
http://www.ubergizmo.com/photos/2007/12/lacie-neil-poulton.jpg
http://techluver.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/12/lacie_hard_drive_designed_by_neil_poulton.jpg
http://www.arsgeek.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/12/laciealien.jpg

I like it.
#9
joylove

I like it.


does this thing come to pieces? I mean, can you easily swap the drive? (and what sort does it contain?)
#10
i don't think you can easily swap the drive, unless you are trying to get the chuncky ones.
i believe it contains seagate branded 32m one.
#11
I just found out that the warranty is 2 years. That's a shame as Seagate Free Agent's come with a 5 year warranty. Good price though.

http://www.lacie.com/uk/products/product.htm?pid=11064

Cheers
N
#12
cullet16
i think a lot of people would agree with me in saying i would much more prefer a lacie harddrive to a western digital?


I wouldn't. Badly engineered with regard to heat dissipation. I had the d2 FW800/400/USB2 drive, which conked out after 6 months. All the ports died. Cooked to death. The drive inside, a Maxtor by the way, was fine.

Here was the deal: You opened the drive to rescue your hard drive and your warranty was voided. You sent in your drive and LaCie would send another but trash yours. No option to rescue/transfer any data. Either way, you lose.

However, I'm sure Neil Poulton has radically overhauled the internals, because he sure as hell hasn't burnt the midnight oil over the external "design".
#13
2 yrs is fairly long for the rapid-growing hard drive market.
the one i am replacing is 320gb one, which is slightly small that i needed.
#14
Who the hell is Neil Poulton and how long has he been 'designing' boxes?
#15
better off buying a samsung spinpoint f1 1tb for £69-99 and an external enclosure of your choice with all the features this has and more from £15-£20
If this deal were £70 then I'd say yes great great deal
#16
iNSOMANiAC
Who the hell is Neil Poulton and how long has he been 'designing' boxes?


Haven't you heard of Google not that I care who he is....
#17
slinkydonkey
Haven't you heard of Google not that I care who he is....


Heard of what sorry?
#18
LaCie: Hi Neil, design Hard Drive enclosure?
Poulton: Ya! *cough* Done
LaCie: *high five*

Thank God there are people out there making amazing boxes that hold hard discs.
2 Likes #19
Design - nothing special, it's a shiny black plastic box with a blue light at the front.
Might look nice as part of some HTPC setup or something.....

Heat issue - underside is a grill which probably sits~5mm off the surface you sit it on, and has a small square grill area in the back of the 'Neil Poulton' designed case.
The drive itself does not sit on the actual grill - it's another ~5mm higher up bolted to the metal structure inside, so there's space for heat to dissipate to.
Only question is where? No fan or anything to move the heat away and the top 'hot side' faces up into the enclosure, with the electronics facing down

Drive - Of the ones I have opened up so far - all Seagate 7200.11 32MB cache 1TB HDDs
ie. a GOOD drive.
Lacie give you a 2yr warranty, but Seagate give you 5yrs. I think returning to either will not get you or original drive back, so in a sense, once it's gone, it's gone.

Opening the enclosure - pain in the b-side.
It has plastic clips which snap into the metal cage, so only careful bending back of the case and pulling the metal structure will get the drive out - there's no way to do it without leaving marks on the underside of the plastic - it's too stiff to allow any play when bending.

Noise - silent apart from the usual whiring of a HDD

Overall - nice drive, not the cheapest solution but more eye candy then anything else.

I'll post pics of my dismantled drives so you can see (we bought a dozen and 6 need to be opened for the HDDs)
#20
amazing design.

must have taken months to refine, the guy is a genius.
#21
cats;3174498
amazing design.

must have taken months to refine, the guy is a genius.


agreed :giggle:
#22
£100.47 by google checkout inc delivery at redstore.com

not used but found through google shopping
#23
cullet16
i think a lot of people would agree with me in saying i would much more prefer a lacie harddrive to a western digital.

Erm, Lacie don't make Hard Drives - if you crack open a Lacie case, there's every chance you'll find a Western Digital inside (or a Maxtor, or a Seagate, or a Hitachi...)
cullet16
Don't lacie and porsche have something in common?

Nope - the only relationship is with some of their "Porsche Design" cases...
#24
mrplay
£100.47 by google checkout inc delivery at redstore.com

not used but found through google shopping


put the link, please.
thanks.
i would retract my order and place another one from redstore.com then.
thanks.
i didn't find it, any way.
#25
Still looking for work 'designing' geometrical shapes. 'The square cardboard box' as designed by iNSOMANiAC
#26
C64
better off buying a samsung spinpoint f1 1tb for £69-99 and an external enclosure of your choice with all the features this has and more from £15-£20
If this deal were £70 then I'd say yes great great deal


C64, you're dreaming. No way, no how are you gonna find an enclosure for £15-£20 that has all three interfaces: eSATA + FW in addition to the USB. If you DO find one, please let me know, I have been looking for months. (In fact, I just need FW + USB)
£100 via google checkout at redstore.com (as posted in a reply above by mrplay) is a great price for a 1TB drive with all three interfaces, and especially for this drive, when you consider these drives are £105 for the 500GB and £150 for the 1TB direct from LaCie !

About the design pee-takers, yes, it's very minimalist, and fair enough, it didn't take a whole lot of imagination to come up with this particular design, though LaCie's relationship with and investment in good design goes a long way back and that can only be a good thing - you all like nice objects, and moan when something's ugly, and god knows, we could all do with more good design in our lives.
LaCie do have some drive designs which are much, MUCH cooler in design than this Neil Poulton one:

Ora-Ito's beautiful liquid-motion design - surely the blingiest of bling drives ever, fit for a Saudi oil prince (or, I would say, for a Bond baddie, if it wasn't so Zen) !
http://www.lacie.com/uk/products/moreimages.htm?id=10250
Full details about the Golden Disk here:
http://www.lacie.com/uk/products/product.htm?pid=10971


and also his very, very, very cool, stackable LEGO-type brick design, in three colours:
http://www.lacie.com/uk/products/product.htm?pid=10695 (close-up views: http://www.lacie.com/uk/products/moreimages.htm?id=10155)

Now THAT guy *IS* a genius (even if I did come up with the Lego brick idea way before him)

[COLOR="DarkGreen"]Gimme some rep, monkeys ! :-D[/COLOR]
#27
whats so cool about a LEGO shaped HD ?

defo not a genius coming up with that idea .
#28
lol. £100.47 from redstore?
That's a rediculous lie. proof me wrong if you could ever find the link!
actually, the one i've posted is the cheapest one with all three interfaces, except the ugly western digital mybook series.
I've got the item today. Very nice incredibly quiet and good looking,
the only disadvantage is that it comes with 6pin to 6pin firewire cord, which means i have to order a 6 pin to 4 pin to connect with my dell m1530.
Be aware of that!
#29
cats
whats so cool about a LEGO shaped HD ?

defo not a genius coming up with that idea .


What's so cool about it ???
Well, if you don't get it....

You can't explain cool, it just... IS !

You may not like it, but it is undeniably cool.
#30
Quick update.

Some of the Lacie drives I opened up have the Samsung F1 drive in them - sweet :-)
#31
are there any way to find out the type of hard drive without opening the box? i am interested.
banned#32
Email Lacie?
#33
chenzz
are there any way to find out the type of hard drive without opening the box? i am interested.


There are applications available which will tell you HDD model numbers etc attached to your system, but that's assuming you have already purchased the drive.

Looking at the drive from underneath - if you can see a set of wires (for the front blue light), which are near the metal cage the ones I've opened are Samsung drives.
If there's no obvious wires then its usually a Seagate.
BUT be midful that some of the Samsun ones have the wires nidely hidden away!!!!

From the external box (packaging), I would say there is no real way to tell, but my experience has been;
Samsung drives where the packaging has been sealed with a round clear sticky tape thing on the flap.
Seagate drives where the packaging has been sealed with a rectangular stick tape thing on the flap.

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