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LaCie Rikiki 500 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive 301909

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  • Resistant aluminum exterior^Impressive 500GB storage capacity^Ultra portable, your data is always with you^USB boost and back up software included^Plug and play

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Technical Details
BrandLaCie
Item Weight181 g
Product Dimensions7.4 x 1.3 x 10.9 cm
Item model number301909
Series500GB Rikiki
ColorBlack
Hard Drive Size500 GB
Hard Drive InterfaceUSB 2.0
Number of USB 2.0 Ports1
Operating SystemWindows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Mac OS X 10.5, 10.6
  
Additional Information
ASINB0031NDVQ8
Best Sellers Rank 55,869 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight200 g
Date First Available22 Dec. 2009
  
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Product Description

The LaCie Rikiki is one of the smallest mobile hard drives on the market today. With the Rikiki, you don’t have to choose between capacity and mobility; it’s perfect for anyone who needs constant access to their music, photos, files, and entire digital world. Its brushed aluminum casing works on two levels: it helps protect your data, but also gives the Rikiki a sophisticated look. The aluminum exterior is tough, but it’s also light enough for mobility, ensuring your data will always make it to its destination. USB Boost software is included for enhanced speeds and performance up to 33% (Windows only). With the robust software suite included, the Rikiki is a user-friendly choice, regardless of whether you’re on a Mac or a PC. LaCie Backup Assistant is included to help you manage your backups, so there’s no need to worry about losing data, and the LaCie Setup Assistant gets you up and running immediately.



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I have been buying LaCie 2.5" disks for 3 years now, and have never had any problems with them. I even bought a 500GB Rikiki last October and use it everyday, mainly for watching videos on my Xbox 360.

However, in the last week I have had to return a bad drive that died after 4 days, and the replacement for that very drive, which died after only 30 minutes! I haven't used them any differently than all my previous drives, so simply chalk it up to being a bad batch. The actual disk in both dead drives was made by Seagate (Model no. ST950032 5AS), yet all my previous LaCie's have Hitachi disks.

Basically, if you get one with a Seagate disk be sure to back up your data. I was very lucky not to lose anything that wasn't backed-up elsewhere.
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I have one of the original MacBook Air's....the hard drive was going to be a problem over time but not anymore. This little drive is tough, well made, very small and works a treat. I'm using it for Time Machine and file storage....you can't go wrong for you mobile Mac....
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By Mark Pack TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 22 Jan. 2011
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I'm using one with a Windows machine and it works very well. Design is small and light and as it does not require an external power supply (with bulky transformer) it really is as sleek as it looks.

The USB cable it comes with is very short, which is really good for use with a laptop (no surplus cable length messing up the desk) but not suitable for convenient use with a desktop computer.

One tip: plug it in, browse to the disk and then run the setup program. This formats the disk and gives you the documentation. It wasn't at all clear from the packaging that this is how it is meant to go, but if you know this it's easy to use.
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A great little hard drive. My laptop is 4 years old and came with, a then, massive 60GB hard drive. It was full and I didn't want to have to buy a new computer so instead I bought this.

All my music and photos are now on that drive and I still have over 400 GB free! And best of all I can simply take that drive with me and I have all my important files in my pocket.

The drive is powered direct from the USB socket and comes with a small cable which means no bulky power pack to carry around.

Note, like most portable drives the capacity is overstated. The actual disk size is 465 GB.
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A well designed, compact and useful device. Looks good and works well, used as an off-site backup.
The instructions supplied with the device are very brief and the LaCie web site gives little information about the Rikiki. It seems rather demanding of leads: the supplied lead is ridiculously short and the first longer one I tried caused the drive to start bleeping (the LaCie web site gave no useful help on this): eventually I found one that worked.
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this is an excellent and sturdy little hard drive and very portable. the only possible down side of it is that the usb cable that comes standard with it is only about 10cm long, which means that unless you are planning on having it right next to your laptop it could be a bit of a problem. probably not really an issue in most cases.
seems very safe to transport around and can take a few little knocks due to the aluminium casing.
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This is my third 500GB external USB2 2.5inch hard disk unit and my first LaCie Rikiki. Its 500GB predecessors are in daily use. This one is the neatest, most solidly constructed of the trio and it's silent, too. I recommend it highly.

At the £45.80 I paid for the complete unit, it's a bargain. If you bought a bare 500GB drive you wouldn't pay but a few pennies less, and then you'd need to buy an enclosure and a connecting lead.

The length of the connecting lead, measured to the extreme tips of the plugs is exactly 7 inches. That's perfectly adequate for connecting to a laptop on a desk.

Some reviewers have remarked that the formatted capacity is 465GB, not 500GB. All hard disks are discrepant in this respect. A hard disk manufacturer's gigabyte is 1,000,000,000 bytes (10^9), but the traditional computing gigabyte used as a unit of measure by Windows is 1,073,741,824 bytes (2^30). 500,000,000,000 divided by 1,073,741,824 is 465 and a little loose change -- hence 465GB.

Some reviewers have remarked that the instructions are skimpy. It's a disk, so there's not much to say. This Windows user connected it to a USB socket and let its software autorun. It formatted the entire disk as one NTFS partition, into which it expanded the reference materials and the bundled software. I didn't time the formatting process, but I doubt it took more than five minutes. I haven't bothered to use any of the software bundle.

I'm using the Rikiki with a Lenovo ThinkPad T410 running Windows 7. No problems at all. However, all rotating machinery fails in the end, so do be sure to back up your data.
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By Peppers #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Feb. 2012
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This is a truly pocketable hard drive with a capacity that belies its size. It seems very well engineered in a strong metal case with an attractive finish and the obligatory LED to indicate disc activity. I've installed it on a number of netbooks, laptops and desktops - it installs flawlessly in Windows XP, Vista and 7. Although I have not taken technical measurements of the read and write speed, it seems fast and certainly adequate for my needs. Mention is made elsewhere on this page of the short USB cable - to me it is appropriate, why on earth would one want to craft a pocket sized drive with a cable that exceeds the bulk of the drive?

In my view this drive maintains the reputation of LaCie for well designed, quality products. Recommended.
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