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Completely reliable several months on
on 23 February 2012
A few months ago, I needed a drive larger than the 1.5TB units I then used as there was less than 5% of its capacity remaining free on one. There were few options but the LaCie was one. I noted that negative reviews outnumbered the positive and I was slightly concerned. I decided to order one on a 'suck it and see' basis. I found none of the issues claimed by others.
The drives are contained in a glossy piano-black plastic case, of the type notorious for collecting and showing fingerprints if excessively handled. I basically only handle them to operate the power switch when needed so fingerprints are not too much of an issue. If I have any criticism at all, it is about the power switch which is a touch switch more or less flush with the back of the drive and not therefore easily located by touch alone. However, operation once found, is quick.
I now have two of these, purchased a few weeks apart and , although apparently identical, they use contain different drive units. Both drives are in daily use, frequently writing to one or other, for a minimum of 15 hours and, if performing certain tasks, one or both may be left running for up to 40 hours continuously. I have yet to find either drive being more than comfortably warm no matter how long they run, despite having some initial reservations about the black plastic enclosures' ability to radiate heat effectively. In fact they are not significantly warmer than another drive contained in an aluminium case and with some ventilation.
In the many years during which I have used mostly internal hard drives, externals more recently, I have seen few failures but the most notable were two from Pa****d B**l but they have thankfully ceased marketing the product type. There are very few brands of external hard drive that I would now NOT consider, and LaCie is not one!