LaCie Upgrades Rugged Hard Drive With Integrated Thunderbolt Cable

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    LaCie has upgraded its Rugged Hard Drive, adding an integrated Thunderbolt cable and improved damage resistance. The SSD version, available in 250 and 500GB capacities, achieves transfer speeds of up to 387MB/s. There is a USB 3.0 interface as well, though only the Thunderbolt cable is permanently attached.

    The integrated Thunderbolt cable allowed LaCie to increase protection against water and dust because the dust cap can be left on even when the device is in use. When not in use, the bus-powered Thunderbolt cable tucks into the case and is protected by the cover. LaCie says the SSD version of the drive can withstand up to two-meter drops and conforms to the IP54 durability standard. LaCie has also increased the warranty from two years to three.

    The new LaCie Rugged drive goes on sale today in 250GB ($300) and 500GB ($500) solid state versions, plus 1TB ($220) and 2TB ($300) 5400RPM hard drive versions.

    Article Link: LaCie Upgrades Rugged Hard Drive With Integrated Thunderbolt Cable
  2. macrumors 68000


    Nov 19, 2013
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 24, 2009
    Tell me about it. I know Thunderbolt has it's license costs, that is insane for a hard drive with a built cable and rubber padding.
  4. macrumors 68020


    Jun 2, 2005
    Never Ender
    Yeah definitely stupidly expensive. I am happy I went with the Seagate Goflex Thunderbolt setup. Looks like they kinda 'copied' the WD Thunderbolt Duo RAID solution.
  5. macrumors 68040


    Jun 2, 2011
    Salt Lake City, UT
    All LaCie products are pathetically overpriced and under perform.
  6. Skika, Jun 5, 2014
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2014

    macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2009
    You had one job LaCie. One job.


    for what purpose?
  7. OtherJesus, Jun 5, 2014
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2014

    macrumors 6502


    Sep 28, 2005
    Bay Area, California
    So you want me to buy a product where the most expensive cable is permanently attached so in the event that the cable breaks, I have to replace the entire drive?

    Also... Why in the world would I want a 5200rpm drive ever again?

    Lolz no thanks.
  8. macrumors 68020


    May 19, 2011
    Leicestershire, UK
    Never liked LaCie hard drives. Massively over priced for what they are.
  9. macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    SSDs aren't all created equal, are they? Why not list the drive speeds, Mac Rumors?
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 12, 2012
    I'll stick with WD 2TB USB 3.0 paid $120.
    Moving on :D
  11. macrumors 68020

    May 20, 2011
    This product would be better:

    - USB 3 attached cable
    - No attached TB cable
    - SSD or 7200RPM SATA

    Why waste a TB port for a low speed performing device.
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 19, 2010
    Ever wonder why thunderbolt 2.5" enclosures only are hard to come by?

    Its so that thunderbolt vendors can charge you 10x the price for a built in drive.

    I don't ever remember FireWire being this bad.
  13. macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2013
    I love that they included this specific line.

    Because they are fairly new and don't offer anything obvious that you can't already get with USB 3, except with less compatibility (barring devices without USB 3 that have Thunderbolt). But some people will buy them anyways because they've heard that Thunderbolt = faster/better, regardless of if they understand the hard drive's limitations.

    Anyways, LaCie Rugged has always been ridiculously overpriced.
  14. macrumors regular


    Jun 19, 2011
    Miami, FL
    Who the hell is Neil Poulton and why would I want his name etched on this piece of crap drive??
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 28, 2011
    Why you mad about a hard drive?
  16. macrumors 6502


    Aug 1, 2009
    Los Angeles
    While I would tend to agree with you, especially because that device would surely cost less, I'm actually more at war with by available USB ports. I use a MBP connected to a Thunderbolt display, and I don't have a second monitor.

    It would be nice to be able to plug the drive into the spare TB port on the back of the display, and save one of my USB ports. I'm an iOS and Android developer, so I need spare ports for those devices.
  17. macrumors 601


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
    I recently purchased a single drive external SSD thunderbolt in 256 GB capacity for a little over $300. I think those prices are pretty much in range with what's offered today on the market.

    Yes it's expensive when compared to the GB/$ ratio of traditional HDDs but for thunderbolt equipped external SSD drives, it sounds about right.
  18. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 19, 2010

    Thunderbolt isn't new. Some people prefer thunderbolt for the TRIM commands and OS boot. USB3 doesn't offer this.
  19. macrumors 68020

    May 20, 2011
    This is why I think every Mac should have 2 TB ports at minimum.


    You can boot an OS from USB 3. I've done this. While not as fast as an internal drive, it wasn't that much slower using an SSD. The CPU just has a little more overhead though.
  20. macrumors 68000


    Apr 5, 2005
    My Mac
    The real question is why would he want his name etched on this drive?

    And every TB device as well.
  21. macrumors regular

    Mar 13, 2008
    I have a Lacie Rugged 7200 rpm Firewire drive in my old Mac Mini. It's rigged as as fusion drive with the computer's SSD drive, and has worked fine & fast for many years. But it was way cheaper - about 4 years ago when bought - than even those 5400 rpm drives :eek:

    I still somehow like the design, ymmv!
  22. macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2013
    USB has been standard in just about every computer for 10-15 years and is backwards compatible. Compared to this, yes Thunderbolt is very new.

    Also, you can boot from USB 3 as long as the mobo doesn't mind. I installed beta Mavericks on USB 2 when it came out.
  23. macrumors 68000

    Oct 31, 2005
    USB Hubs are available for under $50.


    He's obviously a great industrial designer. I have several of LaCie drives in rough use. They get dropped and banged around on a regular basis, and his case designs have stood the test of time and abuse.

    LaCie doesn't design or manufacture the drive mechanisms. They're purchased from other manufacturers and inserted into these great cases.
  24. macrumors 6502

    Feb 25, 2003
    Tempe, AZ
    because much like the drive speed fiasco in the recent macbook airs, LaCie will obtain their drives from the lowest cost manufacturer at the time of that particular batch run, and as a result speeds will vary from batch to batch.

    but given that its lacie, you can probably expect a consumer-grade drive with middle-tier performance.
  25. Radiomarko, Jun 5, 2014
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2014

    macrumors member

    May 6, 2008
    UK & Russia
    Been using these "...piece of crap" series of drives since they were launched for portable backup of broadcast TV files in some extreme environments.

    Never ever been let down.

    Don't knock it if you haven't got it.

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