Top positive review
Best in Jan 2019 - and for a while after am guessing
15 January 2019
Thought I'd redress the poor three star overall rating this drive had in Jan of 2019... it deserves better.
I have a Apple Mac with USB3 ports.... (also thunderbolt which are Thunderbolt 2) but I'll be upgrading soon and the new Macs have only got USB-C - so this drive will be compatible for a while on this basis. Meanwhile, if you have USB3 ports (which most people do am guessing) then this drive works perfectly. The cable it ships with is USB-C to standard USB so this is a highly compatible drive generally. These cables are available everywhere for buttons if you wanted some spares....
Try not to get confused about Thunderbolt. Thunderbolt 3 uses the USB-C connectors - so I'm guessing some people are tripping up on this. This drive it seems won't perform to Thunderbolt 3 standards, since they don't say it will - but USB-C (which I think is sometimes called 3.1) is already very fast - so this is perfect for people using video and photo storage. I'm a professional photographer by the way that does a lot of video stuff too. This drive is ideal!
This is a BUS powered drive, so this is again very good for field operators - It's portability and padded drive protection are good and I've got other versions of this design including a TB2 one from years back, and it's not died on me. Can't say so much for the 4TB bus powered USB3 Seagate drives I also bought. I've had to say goodbye to three of these already since they just seized up... causing me some interesting backup shenanigans! I've also lost a couple of WD drives over the years and I own about 10 other Lacie desktop drives - most of which have never fallen over on me.
Lacie are a proven and industry standard manufacturer and this drive, being 5TB is also a cut above in terms of storage to its competitors. I would always advise everyone to keep at least two copies of everything in two separate places... all drives do eventually die folks.
This world is constantly changing with speed and storage but right now, but this drive is the best in terms of price, compatibility, portability and reliability.
The photo looks correct to me by the way (some say this is the Thunderbolt version) either Amazon have changed the image since these people commented, or there's something I'm not seeing.... but, as previously mentioned, TB3 uses a USB-C connector anyway...