external HD...Is LaCie any good?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Mernak, May 29, 2006.

  1. Mernak macrumors 6502

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    I am planning to get an external hard drive soon and im not sure what brand to get. I have heard mixed reviews about LaCie drives, but their reconditioned 250GB USB2 HD is only $90 plus $10 shipping. Just want some advice on whether to buy it or not.

    as a side note i heard that you can now boot from USB2 on intel macs, is that true.
     
  2. Mark43 macrumors newbie

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    Mine works fine but recon...?

    I have that model bought brand new and it works great but I'm always wary about reconditioned stuff and prefer to buy brand new for a little extra money. I guess if they've just stuck a brand bew HD in an old case then you can't go wrong, if that's what they do.Presumably you'd get a warranty with it?
     
  3. kretzy macrumors 604

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    I bought a 250GB Firewire LaCie HD about two weeks ago and haven't had any issues with it at all. I was quite surprised at how small it actually was. My only complaint is that the firewire cable which came with it was rather short so I'll probably have to buy a longer one.
     
  4. Mernak thread starter macrumors 6502

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    it has a 90 day warranty. its an extra $50 to get the new HD (over a 50% increase) and don't feel it is worth it.
     
  5. dextertangocci macrumors 68000

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    I got that exact same one about a month ago, brand new. It had of the rubber feet missing, and there was something rattling inside!:eek: It also took an unusually long time for finder to recognise it! But I took it back and got a new one, and it works perfectly now.:)
     
  6. dextertangocci macrumors 68000

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    Wow that's cheap. I got mine for $280 brand new...
     
  7. Moshiiii macrumors 6502a

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    They are pretty cheap at BestBuy, 125$ for 200gig. I've been waiting to find a nice deal on fatwallet for a LaCie drive but seems like only Seagate & Wester Digital's get marked down.
     
  8. eji macrumors 6502

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    I've got a LaCie d2 Big Disk Extreme Triple Interface 500GB (how's that for a mouthful)? It's absolutely wonderful -- extremely quiet, space-saving, bundled with useful software. I was actually thinking about selling off my other external HDs and buying 2x 500GB or 1x 1.2TB from LaCie's refurbished page.

    Whatever you do, don't be tempted by a Formac. They're rubbish. Mine sounds like a wind tunnel (it's tough to talk on the phone while sitting next to it) and never spins down. Sometimes it grinds and clunks on power-on. And all that is *after* a trip to their repair shop, with postage at my expense. I hate the damn thing.

    So, right, go LaCie.
     
  9. aswitcher macrumors 603

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    I have had my Lacie 250 for 18+ months and it hasn't missed a beat.
     
  10. Mernak thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thank you all. Just bought the HD ($99 with shipping) so you can close this thread.
     

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