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Since I take a lot of photos, as well as having a fair few digital films, I figured it'd be best to get a HD rather than clogging up my computer. This was the first HD I've owned; I've since bought two more, not because this one is especially poor, but they have different purposes. I'd say that this HD is good for keeping at home as a back up to your computer(s). This is because it is relatively weighty, and quite big - not a massive issue, but I'd recommend getting a far smaller HD for carrying things about with you, such as a WD Passport, or a Lacie Rugged HD.
The device has a USB 2.0 connection which isn't too slow. It also has a Firewire Port, which is good, but only if you have a Firewire Port on your computer; they're going out of fashion it appears, which is a tad annoying. It has 250GB, and there is also a 500GB model. From the USB Port (which I'll presume you're using) it can transfer at around 100MB/s - not shabby, but a little slow if you're doing a lot of photos.
The first thing I'd like to say about this is that it is solid and sturdy. Although I keep it in its box for safe keeps, it could easily be kept out without fear of it getting damaged because of its strong, metallic casing, which is certainly to its credit. I've not had to worry about it, despite knocking it over once or twice (be it not from a great height). This is why I say that it's best for keeping at home though; it is relatively hefty by comparison to what's on the market nowadays which isn't a criticism, it's just at better use at home. It's not the most portable thing in the world, partly because it is big, but it also requires a USB cable and a power supply, meaning that there are a lot of wires to carry around. Some USB devices are powered through their USB connection, which I find to be far more effective. It stores things effectively and is easy to organise when plugged in, which is good.
As for the performance, it whirrs rather affectionately when plugged in; best to put it on a desk or other hard surface rather than a carpeted floor I've found. It can also get a little hot if it's been plugged in for a long while, but it's never had any issues that I'm aware of regarding overheating, which is definitely to be avoided. The one thing I would say is that 250GB, whilst being a lot, could be a slight limit on some - I bought a bigger HD to supplement it, so if you're looking at just having one HD, I'd recommend going to a higher capacity for a slight price hike.
It's a good HD to keep at home with backed up 'stuff' on; not hugely portable, but that doesn't matter in my eyes. My one bugbear is the amount of wires which need to be connected (okay, two isn't much, but they're long and get tangled.) If in need of a fairly standard HD, you can do no wrong with this.
This is in my opinion one of the most easier portables that can be used to store any type of files, movies, music and all the multimedia files. Also the huge space can let you store as many files as you want and carry it with you anywhere around the global easily and safe. Moreover, the USB 2.0 feature helps to transfer files between the portable and other computers so fast. Although the portable is a bit large and heavy but it can be also great to have as an extra portable to your desktop or laptop.
I'd never had an external HD before my 250GB LaCie and I had no idea what to buy. When asking my art tutors what to buy they all recommended a LaCie, especially for use with a mac.
And so I bought one - and it does just as it's supposed to do.
I heard that the higher capacity models are noisy and so I was relieved to discover that this doesn't make any noise apart from the odd gentle growl, like any hard drive does.
The seriously solid metal casing really helps me feel confident that I'm not going to break it and the foot that can be attached to it, as is shown in the photo, means it can be stood up on it's smaller side. Otherwise it can lay down without the foot on it's longer side.
Basically, it's a good hard drive - sturdy, quiet and not too big. Quite weighty, so if you're planning on carrying it around in a handbag, maybe avoid this, haha.
Also, quick transfer, particularly so if you can use the firewire 800, if your computer supports this. Otherwise, don't worry, as it has pretty much any cable that you might need to connect it to your computer - they all come with it.
Equipped with the fastest-ever FireWire standard, this drive is capable of reaching transfer speeds of up to 800Mbits/s for FireWire 800 users and up to 400Mbits/s for FireWire 400 users. This drive's FireWire interfaces, 7200 rpm speed and 8MB buffer (250GB drive) make it one of the fastest storage solutions available for digital content creators.
Made of a metal alloy that dissipates heat and prolongs drive performance, the LaCie d2 Hard Drive features a slender, stylish case that offers versatile desktop and rackmount configuration options. A space-saving drive stand allows for upright desktop use, while an optional rack-mounting kit enables configuration in standard 19-inch racks. This drive also features a fan-free design for quiet operation.
LaCie d2 Hard Drives are hot-pluggable for file transfer and data sharing, and are easily attached and detached, even while the computer is running. With the appropriate cable, LaCie's new hard drives can be connected to any computer equipped with FireWire 800 (9-pin), FireWire 400 (6-pin) or iLink/DV (4-pin) ports. LaCie d2 Hard Drives can reach unprecedented sustained transfer rates, making them ideal for working with professional video in high-end workstation and small-server environments.