LaCie Launches 'Rugged' Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 Portable Drives

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    LaCie has released a new entry in its Rugged series of portable storage drives. This time, it's a Thunderbolt/USB3 offering that comes equipped with a 1TB 5400rpm hard drive or either a 120GB or 256GB 6Gb/s solid state drive. LaCie says the SSD runs at speeds of up to 380MB/s.


    The 1TB version is $249, while the 120GB and 256GB SSD's are $199 and $349 respectively. They're available at Apple Stores and at

    Article Link: LaCie Launches 'Rugged' Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 Portable Drives
  2. SSD-GUY macrumors 6502a

    Sep 20, 2012
    London, UK
  3. RoelJuun macrumors 6502


    Aug 31, 2010
    The prices for SSD/TB start to become more attractive imo.
  4. DrFu79 macrumors member

    Apr 25, 2008
    Wow, thats a BIG price drop in mobile SSD drives.


    fugly though ... and whyTF do i need shock protection on an SSD drive? Make it tiny
  5. HarryKeogh macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2008
  6. saxofunk macrumors member


    Jul 19, 2006
    Denver, CO
    With cable!

    Thunderbolt and USB 3 cables included makes this a real deal. 2m Thunderbolt cable is $49 and the FW/USB3 model is $200 - the only extra charge is for the cable really. Good job LaCie.
  7. zurichuk macrumors regular

    Feb 23, 2011
    Otherwise known as orange

    on topic, very tempted, seems good value
  8. PDXoPDX macrumors member

    Sep 5, 2008
  9. stevers macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2009
    5400rpm drive? may as well just use USB 2.0

    SSD options look nice though
  10. Icaras macrumors 603


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
    Finally, the price is falling, but the drive is butt ugly. Pass until they make something like half an inch thick or something.

    Also, I don't know the exact specifics, but is it not possible to add a second thunderbolt port for daisy chaining on a TB power bussed drive? I'd like to see some Thunderbolt daisy chaining singular platter drives that are bus powered. No RAIDs please.
  11. AngerDanger, Sep 25, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2012

    AngerDanger macrumors 68030


    Dec 9, 2008
    With a bulgy design like that, it better be able to float on water or something.


    *of course it doesn't
  12. pgiguere1 macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    Very good prices, especially with the Thunderbolt cable included.

    Considering their orange rugged line is usually more expensive, I can't wait to see the price of their regular, non-rugged line:

  13. Battlefield Fan macrumors 65816

    Battlefield Fan

    Mar 9, 2008
    Agreed!!! It's a steal!!! It's just a shame that it doesn't have two thunderbolt ports on it.
  14. Richdmoore macrumors 68000


    Jul 24, 2007
    Troutdale, OR
    I will take a A/C power cord anytime vs only having one thunderbolt port on a device. Those of us with the current iMac 21.5 (and other thunderbolt equipped computers) really need some devices that do not end the chain. (As an alternative, could someone develop a thunderbolt hub device like USB has to give more ports that way?)

    Still, I am glad to start to see more affordable SSD options, when it comes time to upgrade to SSD, I don't want to have to open the iMac at all.
  15. lhotka macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2008
    Yeah, that makes NO sense at all. Like trying to run a ferrari on grass and oats (or put high-octane gas in a draft horse).
  16. needfx, Sep 25, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2012

    needfx macrumors 68040


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
    avoid contact with water; risk of scuffing
  17. lcmazza macrumors regular

    Apr 3, 2012
    How is this a good deal if you can buy a Samsung M3 1TB USB 3 hard drive for $ 105?

    Thunderbolt or USB 3 doesn't matter right now in therms of speed for single drives and the rugged enclosure doesn't really help that much with ordinary hard drives, but paying $ 145 more for luxury is useless.

    The SSD version could at least be only a case, in case you want to swap the drive. Then it could be a good value for the money. Otherwise this is a ripoff.
  18. baryon macrumors 68040


    Oct 3, 2009
    Fairly good prices, plus no need for a power adapter (right?) is great!
  19. DamonBowser macrumors newbie


    Jul 27, 2012
    I like your reason :D
  20. curmudgeon32 macrumors regular

    Aug 28, 2012
    You're right -- assuming you have USB 3.0. I have two one-year old Macs that don't have USB 3.0 but do have Thunderbolt. I guess I could get a Thunderbolt to FireWire 800 adapter, but if I wanted a fast mobile hard drive for my Air, this would seem to be an easy way to go.
  21. pgiguere1 macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    Not really, the SSD ones will be much faster than USB 3 external SSDs. Maybe you don't need the extra speed but let's not compare USB 3 and Thunderbolt external SSDs as they don't provide the same performance. At this price the speed/price ratio is getting better with Thunderbolt.

    As for the HDD one, it's true that there's no performance gain over USB 3 but let's not forget that there's a bunch of Macs sold in the last two years and even right now that have Thunderbolt but no USB 3 ports. Those people may want to get speeds over USB 2 without changing their whole computer.
  22. jclardy macrumors 68040


    Oct 6, 2008
    Hmm, i'll have to see a review for these. $199 would be nice as an external video editing drive. Only problem would be that I can't plug into my external monitor and the drive at the same time...unless I bought an Apple Thunderbolt Display.
  23. bretm macrumors 68000

    Apr 12, 2002
    errr- no. I can edit 1080p off my rugged 5400 FW800. Definitely not off the same drive when connected up USB 2 (which it also has)
  24. iKing7 macrumors newbie


    Sep 17, 2012
    Big fan of these drives. I have several. Glad to see they're on time for the new technology unlike so many other companies.
  25. toxic macrumors 68000

    Nov 9, 2008
    a rugged external SSD :rolleyes: obviously trying to profit from ignorant people.

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