Please help: "WD My Passport Studio" VS "Lacie Rugged"

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by thorskywalker, May 5, 2009.

  1. thorskywalker macrumors newbie

    May 5, 2009

    i need to buy a portable 500GB HDD and after reading endless reviews, i just cant decide which one is better..
    i am using a mac book pro so i will use it mainly to back up my stuff on my mac, but i am also wondering, will i be able to transfer files from a PC aswell? if i ever need to?

    both the Lacie Rugged and the WD My Studio have:

    500 GB
    firewire 400
    firewire 800
    same price
    similar size

    can someone please tell me which way to go???? i really need to buy one as quick as possible and these 2 seem to similar i cant decide...

    thank you very much...
  2. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    My first choice is neither, buy a seagate or samsung harddrive and an icy dock enclosure from

    But, if you want one of those two for sure Id go the lacie. Waaay too many mybooks in my office that are dead.
  3. RatVega macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2005
    Southern California
    Seagate 500GB Free Agent Go for Mac
    USB 2.0
    FW 400
    FW 800

    about $165 @ B&H Photo-Video
  4. suburbia macrumors 6502

    Oct 21, 2008
    Lacie has always served me well. And the Rugged is a great choice-- highly recommended. (You can even change the sleeves!!!!)
  5. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    If you have to buy one of those two, go with the Western Digital. At least that way you know what brand of drive you're getting.
  6. thorskywalker thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 5, 2009

    thanks to everyone who replied... wow.. we have 2 votes for a Seagate and 1 for Lacie and 1 for WD..

    things cant get more complicated than that... :)
  7. bkarabel macrumors member

    Nov 20, 2007
    +1 for Lacie ( very dependable )
    Also check out gdrive
  8. Santabean2000 macrumors 68000


    Nov 20, 2007
    WD, the My Studio range are much improved over previous models.
  9. neil1980 macrumors 6502

    Nov 1, 2008
    I bought 2 Lacie 500GB drives about 18 months ago and am now in the market for another (want a back up that I can take and leave at work as an off site backup).

    Will be going for Lacie again as I've had no issues with either of mine :)
  10. andrewpoll macrumors newbie

    Aug 21, 2008
    South Africa
    I have a lacie rugged drive, been using it for about 6 months without any problems.
  11. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    To add to my previous post lacies I believe all use seagates now (at least all that I've come across are)

    The reason I said neither is because with pre-enclosed drives it can be a pain to get the drive out if the enclosure goes bad.
  12. Sehnsucht macrumors 65816

    Sep 21, 2008
  13. Marsil macrumors member

    Feb 12, 2009
    I have used both lacie and wd for years they are both good - so it all depends on your mood :)
  14. Gaelic2 macrumors 6502

    Aug 17, 2007
    Mountains of N. California
    I have a LaCie Quadra 500 GB HD. It died 6 months before warranty expired (18 Mos). I got absolutely nowhere online or by telephone. I had to write directly to LaCie to get a return RMA number for a repair. I would never buy another after this very poor showing in technical assistance.
  15. SecondDealer macrumors regular

    Feb 1, 2009
    Agreed, I bought a 1 TB Western Digital My Book off Amazon for around $120 and I have had no problems with it thus far.
  16. Apocrathia macrumors 6502

    Jan 6, 2009
    University of South Alabama
    I've always religiously used WD's. I've never had one let me down. I've still got an 80gb passport that's been through hell and it runs like a champ. I'm considering upgrading to a 250 soon (don't need a ton of space, just room for vm's)

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