LaCie Rugged 1TB External Hard Drive - Thunderbolt / USB3.0

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The 1 TB Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series Portable Hard Drive by LaCie combines a small form factor with a large hard drive for the most optimal storage solution for today's Ultrabook crowd.
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The 1 TB Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series Portable Hard Drive by LaCie combines a small form factor with a large hard drive for the most optimal storage solution for today's Ultrabook crowd.

  • 1TB Raw Capacity Portable Drive
  • 5400 rpm Speed
  • USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt Ports
  • 110 MBps Transfer Speed
  • Bus Powered
  • Drop Resistant to 4 Feet
  • AES 256-bit Software Encryption
  • Mac and Windows Compatible

The 1 TB Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series Portable Hard Drive by LaCiecombines a small form factor with a large hard drive for the most optimal storage solution for today's Ultrabook crowd. It features a 1TB 5400 rpm hard drive encased in a rugged, drop resistant case. It also features both a USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt port for the best performance in transfer speed.

With USB 3.0 already at a maximum interface transfer rate of 5Gbps, Thunderbolt seems like overkill at 10Gbps. But since the drive can be formatted with Mac or Windows partitions, it just adds another layer of functionality to the drive. Now you can take advantage of the unit's portability and connect to Macs with Thunderbolt or PCs with USB 3.0. At 1TB, the drive is essential for digital artists and data managers who take their work from station to station. 

The LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt series also features an average transfer rate of 110MBps on both the Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 ports (five times faster than FireWire 800), is MIL-compliant with a drop resistance to 4' (1.2m) and includes backup software and AES 256-bit encryption. There's even 10GB of Wuala Secure Cloud Storage included. 

The unit is bus powered - no need for external power supplies or cluttering electrical cords. You can take this portable drive anywhere - it doesn't take up much room in a laptop bag or briefcase. And it's bus power lends true freedom to power users who need extra storage when they're on-the-go. It's especially important in the era of ever decreasing hard drive capacities for Ultrabooks and small-form laptops.

The unit can be formatted for Mac and Windows partitions when the disk utility detects the drive on start up. It also includes both a USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt cable.

Rugged Universal: This potable drive can be used in SuperSpeed USB 3.0 mode, or it can connect to older computers and laptops using USB 2.0. Because it is fully bus-powered, it is truly portable - it makes a great companion to low-capacity Ultrabooks.
Rugged Fast: Get fast transfer speeds on Mac and PC thanks to the USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt interfaces. The HDD version performs up to 110MB/s, a 35% improvement over FireWire 800. Back up and transfer a large amount of data in a fraction of the time. Enjoy noticeably more responsive photo library browsing.
Rugged Protection: The LaCie Rugged is MIL-compliant for superior data protection from accidental drops up to 1.2 meters (4 feet). They are tough enough to be shipped for reliable delivery to clients or partners. Included software even protects your files from prying eyes with AES 256-bit encryption.


In The Box

In The Box

  • USB 3.0 Cable (USB 2.0 Compatible)
  • Thunderbolt Cable (50 cm)
  • Quick Install Guide



Capacity 1TB
Interface USB 3.0
Drive Speed 5400 rpm
Buffer Not specified by manufacturer
Average Seek Time Not specified by manufacturer
Sustained Data Transfer Rate 110MB/s (Thunderbolt and USB 3.0)
System Requirements • Latest version of Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 / Mac OS X 10.5 (Intel only), 10.6, 10.7, 10.8
• Computer with an Thunderbolt, USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 port
• High-speed internet for online storage
• Minimum free disk space: 600MB recommended


Mounting Portable, external
Power Requirements Bus powered
Environmental Requirements Not specified by manufacturer
Dimensions (WxHxD) 89 x 140 x 24 mm
Weight 260 g


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