LaCie Rikiki 500 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive 301909
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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
seems very safe to transport around and can take a few little knocks due to the aluminium casing.
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.
In my view this drive maintains the reputation of LaCie for well designed, quality products. Recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lots of storage for the price, though prone to crashing after lots of use. Would recommend as a backup drive, to backup your files and then leave it alone.Published 16 months ago by Thomas L.
bargain of the year, purchased two of these portable hard drives both work fine. what a price for lacie hard drive.Published on 20 Mar. 2014 by michael short
It's a nice black metal hard drive -- sturdy construction, to be sure, but the enclosure feels like it may collect scratches easily. Read morePublished on 13 Aug. 2013 by J Tan
Sturdy, good quality product (so far) - ruined by the tiny connector lead supplied. Come on LaCie! We don't want to work with the drive hanging by a 3" lead!!!Published on 3 May 2013 by ms a Ross
Lacie always manufacture robust and practical products and this is no exception. Very reliable hard disks - this is my third and they are all still in use every day.Published on 17 Feb. 2013 by curlicue
Bought this because of the size (physical size), and it's perfect in this sense, I carry it everywhere.
For the rest it does the job, I can save stuff.
Design is nice.