LaCie Big Disk 500 GB External Hard Drive

FireWire/i.LINK 400, FireWire/i.LINK 800, USB 2.0 - 7200 rpm - 8 MB Buffer - MPN: 300721
Product Details
Description
The LaCie Big Disk features a stylish, metallic design crafted from a sturdy aluminum alloy that dissipates heat, allowing for operation without a noisy fan. A drive stand provides stability and allows for upright desktop use to save valuable desk space, while an optional rack-mounting kit enables versatile configuration in standard 19-inch racks. This drive's convenient, automatic on/off feature conserves energy and prolongs the life of the drive. Stackable to allow for a uniform look, the LaCie Big Disk in the d2 design is also compatible with Kensington-type locks for added security, at home or away.
Quick Glance
Interface Type FireWire/i.LINK 400, FireWire/i.LINK 800, USB 2.0
Internal/External External
Drive Type Hard Drive
normalized-Capacity 500000
normalized-Rotational Speed 7200
normalized-Cache Size 8
User Reviews
Lacie Disk Failure
1 Star Review   By member woutervan - Jun 5, 2009   

Weakness: Faulty PSU

The Lacie Big Triple 500GB external drive was purchased three years ago to offer more storage and become my Media Drive, replacing smaller Maxtor drives (five years old). I used Backup software and TimeMachine to keep current backups of the iMac internal and Lacie Media Drive... Fortunately!!! The Lacie started clicking, and after some research, and no customer support offered by Lacie, I found out that there was a power supply issue with these Lacie's. I decided to keep using the drive till total failure. This happened about six months later. No files were lost because I ran backups continuously. I have ordered replacing Seagate and Maxtor drives. I will never purchase or recommend Lacie to any of my clients or for personal use. Shame on you Lacie not extending Customer Service and replacing the faulty power supplies on your drive assemblies.

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Big Disks = Big Trouble
1 Star Review   By member Stickyweb - Mar 11, 2008   

Strengths: Triple Interface

Weakness: Drive failure Raid 0 means you will lose everything

This isn't an "I hate Lacie" I have 6 of their Porsche Design drives that have operated flawlessly BUT everyone of the 3 Big Disks I have had has failed - 2 out of warranty. They look good, operate quitely & the Triple-interface is a great feature - Just don't expect to get more than a couple of years from them & back-up your backups!

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Big Pile of Junk
1 Star Review   By member dale303 - Sep 19, 2006   

Strengths: large capacity

Weakness: drives simply won't be recognized on some machines. Self destructs after only a few months. 2x250GB disks in RAID 0 config.

Bought two of these things. Neither would be recognized on our Dell server (in either USB or Firewire modes) but worked fine on other PCs (for a while at least). However, three months in and one of the drives has developed a 'click of death' and refuses to work on any PC anymore. I have to say, I'm very disappointed with these drives. Even worse is Lacie support which is pretty non-existent. Suggest you go elsewhere if you need anything even remotely reliable.

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Another Drive Failure
1 Star Review   By member lmenzin - Nov 26, 2005   

Strengths: Great storage capacity with good speed

Weakness: Terrible reliability

My drive also failed, two weeks after the end of the warranty. These drives are failure-prone, and Lacie tech support is useless. Ther are not too many options for external firewire disks.

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Another failed LaCie
1 Star Review   By member michelestapleton - Nov 16, 2005   

Strengths: Big

Weakness: Not reliable

I've been screwing around for a week or so with a LaCie 500 that is apparently toast. I kept having trouble copying files to it several weeks ago and thought the problem was the computer the of the files were coming from (that the incoming files were bad) until I stared copying from another source and those files wouldn't copy either. Started doing a variery of diagnostic tests on the drive today and it started failing tests right and left. Drive has been barely used. I bought it to be my back-up drive, but failed to get in a good backup habit. I'd copy a few files here and there, but not on a regular basis Mostly the drive sat in the box unused. Unbelievable to put this kind of money into hardware and then have it die.

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LACIE SUCKS-case contains 2, 250 gb Western Digital Hard Drives
1 Star Review   By member vinbel - Oct 12, 2005   

Strengths: speed of drive

Weakness: speed of failure lame support

My $500.00 Big Disk Extreme failed after 14 months--just beyond the warrantee period. I emailed tech support and got the standard BS reply, "we're sorry you experienced failure... the only way to protect against problems is to back up your data..." Duh, I never said I did not back up my data. They said, 'it's probably not worth repairing, better to buy a new drive.' I bought 2 Maxtor One Touch 300 gb drives--so far, so good. Since the Lacie drive was beyond its warrantee and useless, I decided to disect it. To my suprise, when I opened the case, I saw 2, 250 gb Western Digital hard drives. So, Lacie does not even manufacture the components, they just build crappy hardware that runs Western Digital drives. Conclusion: DO NOT PURCHASE LACIE DRIVES.

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Time Bomb
1 Star Review   By member ref030 - Sep 7, 2005   

Strengths: Massive storage at a reasonable price

Weakness: Drives self destruct after less than one year of use.

The LaCie Big Disk 500GB external drive seemed like a great way to handle the massive requirements of video and having had very good experience with othe LaCie drives, I purchased 2 of them. Every thing was fine until they both died within a year of purchase. LaCie did repair both drives but now one of them has died for the second time. LaCie refuses to repair it even though they know that the chip set they use for these drives is prone to failure and has been failing continually since their introduction. I learned of this after my drive failed a second time. Just do a goggle.

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Now that I know what's failing....
3 Star Review     

Strengths: Great capacity at a great price

Weakness: AC adapters fail easily.

Well I had the drive for 4.5 months when it stopped mounting. Did all kinds of disk utilities and nothing worked. Took it to a friend's house and tested with his AC adapter, and voila, it mounted. So now that I have a new AC adapter everything is running peachy. In other words, all the complaining about the Maxtor internal drives that run on these is probably to a large part unfounded.

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Now that I know what's failing....
3 Star Review     

Strengths: Great capacity at a great price

Weakness: AC adapters fail easily.

Well I had the drive for 4.5 months when it stopped mounting. Did all kinds of disk utilities and nothing worked. Took it to a friend's house and tested with his AC adapter, and voila, it mounted. So now that I have a new AC adapter everything is running peachy. In other words, all the complaining about the Maxtor internal drives that run on these is probably to a large part unfounded.

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Lacie Drives...Unreliable
1 Star Review     

Strengths: fast, large storage, and sturdy metal case

Weakness: unreliable and heavy

I like many other people have had major problems with these drives. They are big and affordable, but they use two cheap drives (mine had two Western DIgital black drives). Because the cases are solid metal, with no fans, and no venting I suspect that the fast file corruption, mounting problems and eventual total drive failure has to do with overheating within the metal case. It's just too much storage drive contained within a small space with no way for heat to excape. Avoid these and by something more reliable.

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Product Details
Description
The LaCie Big Disk features a stylish, metallic design crafted from a sturdy aluminum alloy that dissipates heat, allowing for operation without a noisy fan. A drive stand provides stability and allows for upright desktop use to save valuable desk space, while an optional rack-mounting kit enables versatile configuration in standard 19-inch racks. This drive's convenient, automatic on/off feature conserves energy and prolongs the life of the drive. Stackable to allow for a uniform look, the LaCie Big Disk in the d2 design is also compatible with Kensington-type locks for added security, at home or away.
Quick Glance
Interface Type FireWire/i.LINK 400, FireWire/i.LINK 800, USB 2.0
Internal/External External
Drive Type Hard Drive
normalized-Capacity 500000
normalized-Rotational Speed 7200
normalized-Cache Size 8
Summary
Product Title LaCie Big Disk 500 GB External Hard Drive
Manufacturer LaCie
Power Score 1.9 | 15 Reviews
Storage
Capacity: 500 GB
Interface
Interface Connection: Firewire 400 port, Firewire 800 port, USB - Universal Serial Bus 2.0
General
Category: Other
Class: Hard Drive
Performance
Rotational Speed: 7200 rpm
Cache Size: 8 MB
Dimensions
Dimensions: 1.70" Height x 6.30" Width x 10.60" Depth
Weight: 5.51 lbs
Warranty
Warranty Information: 1 Year
More Info
URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
Included Components: Cabling (Interface), Power Supply
Height: 1.7 in
Access Time: 10 ms
System Type: Apple Macintosh, PC
Host Transfer Rate: 100 MBps (800 Mbps)
Width: 6.3 in
Depth: 10.6 in
User Reviews
Lacie Disk Failure
1 Star Review   By member woutervan - Jun 5, 2009   

Weakness: Faulty PSU

The Lacie Big Triple 500GB external drive was purchased three years ago to offer more storage and become my Media Drive, replacing smaller Maxtor drives (five years old). I used Backup software and TimeMachine to keep current backups of the iMac internal and Lacie Media Drive... Fortunately!!! The Lacie started clicking, and after some research, and no customer support offered by Lacie, I found out that there was a power supply issue with these Lacie's. I decided to keep using the drive till total failure. This happened about six months later. No files were lost because I ran backups continuously. I have ordered replacing Seagate and Maxtor drives. I will never purchase or recommend Lacie to any of my clients or for personal use. Shame on you Lacie not extending Customer Service and replacing the faulty power supplies on your drive assemblies.

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Big Disks = Big Trouble
1 Star Review   By member Stickyweb - Mar 11, 2008   

Strengths: Triple Interface

Weakness: Drive failure Raid 0 means you will lose everything

This isn't an "I hate Lacie" I have 6 of their Porsche Design drives that have operated flawlessly BUT everyone of the 3 Big Disks I have had has failed - 2 out of warranty. They look good, operate quitely & the Triple-interface is a great feature - Just don't expect to get more than a couple of years from them & back-up your backups!

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Big Pile of Junk
1 Star Review   By member dale303 - Sep 19, 2006   

Strengths: large capacity

Weakness: drives simply won't be recognized on some machines. Self destructs after only a few months. 2x250GB disks in RAID 0 config.

Bought two of these things. Neither would be recognized on our Dell server (in either USB or Firewire modes) but worked fine on other PCs (for a while at least). However, three months in and one of the drives has developed a 'click of death' and refuses to work on any PC anymore. I have to say, I'm very disappointed with these drives. Even worse is Lacie support which is pretty non-existent. Suggest you go elsewhere if you need anything even remotely reliable.

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Another Drive Failure
1 Star Review   By member lmenzin - Nov 26, 2005   

Strengths: Great storage capacity with good speed

Weakness: Terrible reliability

My drive also failed, two weeks after the end of the warranty. These drives are failure-prone, and Lacie tech support is useless. Ther are not too many options for external firewire disks.

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Another failed LaCie
1 Star Review   By member michelestapleton - Nov 16, 2005   

Strengths: Big

Weakness: Not reliable

I've been screwing around for a week or so with a LaCie 500 that is apparently toast. I kept having trouble copying files to it several weeks ago and thought the problem was the computer the of the files were coming from (that the incoming files were bad) until I stared copying from another source and those files wouldn't copy either. Started doing a variery of diagnostic tests on the drive today and it started failing tests right and left. Drive has been barely used. I bought it to be my back-up drive, but failed to get in a good backup habit. I'd copy a few files here and there, but not on a regular basis Mostly the drive sat in the box unused. Unbelievable to put this kind of money into hardware and then have it die.

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LACIE SUCKS-case contains 2, 250 gb Western Digital Hard Drives
1 Star Review   By member vinbel - Oct 12, 2005   

Strengths: speed of drive

Weakness: speed of failure lame support

My $500.00 Big Disk Extreme failed after 14 months--just beyond the warrantee period. I emailed tech support and got the standard BS reply, "we're sorry you experienced failure... the only way to protect against problems is to back up your data..." Duh, I never said I did not back up my data. They said, 'it's probably not worth repairing, better to buy a new drive.' I bought 2 Maxtor One Touch 300 gb drives--so far, so good. Since the Lacie drive was beyond its warrantee and useless, I decided to disect it. To my suprise, when I opened the case, I saw 2, 250 gb Western Digital hard drives. So, Lacie does not even manufacture the components, they just build crappy hardware that runs Western Digital drives. Conclusion: DO NOT PURCHASE LACIE DRIVES.

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Time Bomb
1 Star Review   By member ref030 - Sep 7, 2005   

Strengths: Massive storage at a reasonable price

Weakness: Drives self destruct after less than one year of use.

The LaCie Big Disk 500GB external drive seemed like a great way to handle the massive requirements of video and having had very good experience with othe LaCie drives, I purchased 2 of them. Every thing was fine until they both died within a year of purchase. LaCie did repair both drives but now one of them has died for the second time. LaCie refuses to repair it even though they know that the chip set they use for these drives is prone to failure and has been failing continually since their introduction. I learned of this after my drive failed a second time. Just do a goggle.

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Now that I know what's failing....
3 Star Review     

Strengths: Great capacity at a great price

Weakness: AC adapters fail easily.

Well I had the drive for 4.5 months when it stopped mounting. Did all kinds of disk utilities and nothing worked. Took it to a friend's house and tested with his AC adapter, and voila, it mounted. So now that I have a new AC adapter everything is running peachy. In other words, all the complaining about the Maxtor internal drives that run on these is probably to a large part unfounded.

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Now that I know what's failing....
3 Star Review     

Strengths: Great capacity at a great price

Weakness: AC adapters fail easily.

Well I had the drive for 4.5 months when it stopped mounting. Did all kinds of disk utilities and nothing worked. Took it to a friend's house and tested with his AC adapter, and voila, it mounted. So now that I have a new AC adapter everything is running peachy. In other words, all the complaining about the Maxtor internal drives that run on these is probably to a large part unfounded.

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Lacie Drives...Unreliable
1 Star Review     

Strengths: fast, large storage, and sturdy metal case

Weakness: unreliable and heavy

I like many other people have had major problems with these drives. They are big and affordable, but they use two cheap drives (mine had two Western DIgital black drives). Because the cases are solid metal, with no fans, and no venting I suspect that the fast file corruption, mounting problems and eventual total drive failure has to do with overheating within the metal case. It's just too much storage drive contained within a small space with no way for heat to excape. Avoid these and by something more reliable.

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1 Star Review   By member shahrukh8 - Feb 15, 2005   

Strengths: Big capacity (when it works, which isn't often)

Weakness: Fails after 1 minute to 1 day

First one wouldn't even show up in Disk Manager. La Cie tech support agreed it was defective. Second one appeared to work fine ... for about 1 day. Then same problem. I suspect they have some major compatibility or reliability issues. I replaced with Maxtor OneTouch 300GB and they work like a charm. And size per GB is smaller with the Maxtors (the LaCie's are HUGE and make this very scary CLUNK when they turn off).

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5 Star Review   By member JerryL3515 - Jan 23, 2005   

Strengths: Big capacity drive, reasonable cost

Weakness: Size.. Not very portable

I've use LaCie drives for years and have never had a failure. This one has been running for over two months - flawlessly. Great capacity, blazing speed, and easy to use.

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4 Star Review   By member ldenson - Dec 30, 2004   

Strengths: Huge capacity, fairly speedy, multiple interface options

Weakness: Bulky, expensive

Bottom line, this is a great device for storing huge amounts of data. I currently have 40+ hours of digital video on my Big Disk, and it has performed flawlessly, being transferred between three different computers, using both the FW400 and USB2.0 connections (I haven't tried FW800). Overall, a great product, but obviously not for everyone.

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1 Star Review   By member evilhomer48823 - Dec 26, 2004   

Strengths: large size, on the cheap side.

Weakness: can't depend on these units to accurately perform.

I'm on my second lacie big disk (500 GB) and it just died tonight. The first one died within 72 hours of purchase so I didn't lose too much data. Both drives exhibited the same problems: bad blocks as reported by windows XP's system logs, data loss, followed by complete failure. In both cases, the drives were not recognized by the computer after subsequent reboots. I'm in the process of recovering my data off both of the internal drives. As a bit of additional info, both drives are Maxtor 250 GB's. I've never had good luck with Maxtor drives so I'm not entirely surprised that my drive failed. I would advise to not purchase these units. I've owned 4 external seagate HDD's, the oldest one was purchased 17 months ago, none of them have ever reported a single bad block.

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4 Star Review   By member wshah - Dec 16, 2004   

Strengths: Firewire 800 is blazing fast. 500GB is a nice sized drive. Firewire 800, firewire 400 and USB interface.

Weakness: This drive case is much bigger than it looks. The case has a dark steel look - its not quite as shiny as the pictures make it out to be.

LaCie makes great products. I have been a user of the Silverling programs since version 1.2.1. I have never been dissappointed. This drive is FAST, HUGE and COOL looking. It is not very portable. The power supply is a two piece unit. This drive was made to stay in place. It is quite bulky and HEAVY! Lastly, the drive is stackable if you need more than a few. Overall, I give it a thumbs up.

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