LaCie vs. Western Digital

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by roland.g, Nov 7, 2009.

  1. roland.g macrumors 603


    Apr 11, 2005
    I have always been a fan of buying bare drives (usually Seagate) and cases and building my own externals but I am in the market for something quick and easy in a 2 TB solution.

    I have been looking at the LaCie by Neil Poulton 2TB as well as the Western Digital MyBook Essential 2TB. I can get the WD at Costco for $190. The LaCie run around $225-$250. The WD retails for about that as well. Costco doesn't carry the WD MyBook for Mac but it just needs to be reformatted.

    Any opinions on either case manufacturer. I know drives are drives for the most part. Just never bought an external before where I didn't put it together.

  2. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2007
    Go Lacie if you ask me. I've got a couple of each - and the Lacies are quieter, built like tanks (all aluminum enclosure) and play well with :apple:

    The WD has a plastic case, poor thermal management (mine actually overheats) and is louder than the Lacie.

    My internal drive is a WD (switched from Seagate after their epic fail last year).
  3. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    LaCie: Note: there is an entire thread dedicated to LaCie, I have summed up support from users below, but simply a tally
    jrotunda85 & Kronie (d2 Quadra 1 TB); RedTomato, gatepc & eVolcre, Cousin Dirk {although eVolcre owns the one with eSata and Firewire 400}(Hard Disk, Design by Neil Poulton 1 TB); iGary (LaCie Rugged); Gymnut (F.A. Porsche, out of production); VanMac (BigDiskExtreme, out of production); Digital Skunk (2Big Triple, out of production)
    Users expressing general support: cmcbridejr, dpaanlka, LethalWolfe, mpsrig, UltraNeo*, iPhoneNYC, chocolate632, Hellhammer, romanaz
    Users not so happy with LaCie: surfmadison (not a big fan), accacc57, dave12345 (Little Disk), jaysmith, Jerkfish, auero, mperkins37, dfs & jessica.
    cluthz has mixed reactions regarding the (d2 and Neil Poulton)

    Western Digital: MacMini2009, xpress1, patrickdunn, iphonematt & MacDawg (MyBook Studio 1TB); Thiol notes purchasing an incredible seven Western Digital MyBook Studio drives all working flawlessly; pprior (MyBook Studio Edition 2TB) Acid303 also notes a positive experience with a non-Studio Edition Western Digital drive; terp2007, odinsride, Samuriajackon, cluthz & matthewscott661 recommend the Passport Series; munkees notes a failure with one of the drives purchased, but a positive experience overall; rikdiddy, RebornKillah & Jerkfish also recommend Western Digital. chrono1081 does not recommend Western Digital & romanaz was also not happy. NT1440 is also not a big fan.

    Other Threads:

    1TB is prbly a good size to start at it, I would say most people looking for non-mobile externals start at that size, here is a (not-so) recent thread about that...
    More literature found here.
    Here, is another thread on 1TB Hard Drives
    This one is about LaCie...
    Here is another, there is some more discussion about LaCie in there...
    Here is one on USB 1TB, I'd stick to Firewire...
    Speaking of which, we had a thread about Firewire drives.
    Just for kicks, we had a random thread.
    And if all else fails, MRoogle
    If you wish to have your name added to the list, PM Me.​
  4. studio¹³¹ macrumors 6502


    Jul 31, 2009
    had a lacie for a couple years until it started making weird clicking sounds. got a new 1TB lacie from the apple store to replace and this new one is starting to act weird. so now i need a backup to back up my backups backup. all these drives fail eventually i guess...
  5. *LTD* macrumors G4


    Feb 5, 2009
  6. Transporteur macrumors 68030

    Nov 30, 2008
    That is a quite simple question if you ask me.

    I will never, never ever buy an external hard disk again from a vendor that does not produce it's own hard disks.

    Two years ago I bought two Iomega Ultramax Raid enclosures for a little fortune. One month after guarantee the hard disks (Seagate btw.) broke.
    Regularly these Seagate drives have three years of guarantee, but because of the fact that they were sold by Iomega they are OEM and don't get any support by Seagate. Tough!

    Considering that Lacie does not produce it's own hard disks, I would not buy any drive from them.

    The two options to get maximum guarantee with fewest trouble are:

    Buying external drives from Western Digital (5 years), or better buy an external enclosure and choose the hard disk that is most suitable for you.
    The latter is what I do from now on.
    It's a little more expensive than ready made external hard disks, but you can get the hard disk you want and can fit it in an enclosure that fits your needs.
    If the enclosure goes down, you still have your hard disk with your data and you don't have to send your data in for a replacement.
  7. MWPULSE macrumors 6502a


    Dec 27, 2008
    I'd vote for lacie as well.. i have had 3/4 bad experiences with Western Digital drives, i have 3 externals that went AWOL about a year into usage- the first was partially my fault, but the other 2 just went bye byes, i also have a passport which i had to return cos the USB socket became loss thus sometimes losing connection with the drive.. I have a lacie DVD, its a solid machine, built like a tank, and reads everything on the planet- always use it instead of the internal of my computers.. admittedly this is a DVD drive, not HDD- but its a sign that they are a good company, who know how to make rugged pieces of kit, that actually work :)

  8. topmounter macrumors 68020


    Jun 18, 2009
    FEMA Region VIII
    Definitely Lacie, I have a few of their drives and have been VERY impressed with them.

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