LaCie 500GB Rugged Triple Interface USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive

Model #301983

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Capacity 500 GB
Interface 1x USB 3.0 Port, backwards compatible with USB 2.0 2x FireWire 800, backwards compatible with FireWire 400
Transfer Rate Interface Transfer Rate: USB 3.0: up to 5.0 Gbps USB 2.0: up to 480 Mbps FireWire 800: up to 800 Mbps FireWire 400: up to 400 Mbps (cable sold separately)
Drive Speed 7200rpm
Buffer Not specified by the manufacturer
Max. Sustained Transfer Rate Up to 110MB/s
System Requirements Computer with a USB 3.0, FireWire 800, FireWire 400, or USB 2.0 port High-speed Internet for online storage Latest version of Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 / Mac OS X 10.5 (Intel only), 10.6, 10.7, 10.8 Minimum free disk space: 600 MB recommended Time Machine compatible For USB 3.0 Mac compatibility: Mac Pro with LaCie USB 3.0 PCI Express Card (requires available PCI Express slot) MacBook Pro with LaCie USB 3.0 ExpressCard/34 (requires available ExpressCard/34 slot)

Packaging Info

Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.2 x 6.0 x 2.1"
Package Weight 1.0 lb


Environmental Requirements Not specified by the manufacturer
Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.5 x 1 x 5.7" / 9 x 2.8 x 14.5cm
Weight 9.2 oz / 260g
Mounting Desktop
Power Requirements Bus-powered
Expert Reviews
Electronics made easy.32823010
30 November 2010

Because this drive works well with both Macs and PCs, it is a lucrative accessory for all computer users alike. Furthermore, the latest USB standard, combined with a compact yet high capacity platform, makes the LaCie Rugged external hard drive a must-consider.

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    Fortified- aluminum chassis absorbs drops of 7 feet, Stylish- exclusive LaCie design by Neil Poulton, Speedy- latest USB 3.0 specification allows 110MB/s, Compatible- bus-powered model works with both Mac and PC

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    Expensive- price tag higher than drives of similar capacity

16 September 2010

It’s fair to say that LaCie’s Rugged drives don’t look like anything else out there. The stout aluminium shell and garish rubber sleeve are certainly distinctive. We’re not certain it’s something we’d want on our desk, however.

Tweak town.32834211
16 July 2010

LaCie has a strong USB 3.0 enclosure that is fast, reliable and cheap. Chris takes a look and shows us that USB 3.0 storage doesn't have to break the bank.

Pc tech authority.33867819
24 October 2011

A fast drive at a good price, but you'll either love or hate the design

User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
11 January 2017

Used as a exterior boot drive instead of the regular boot drive. Boot Speed increased 5 fold and general use of the Mac was also very speedy. Worth every penny. Although it is not the backup drive the use now of the internal drive does create an additioal backup. A win win situation.

27 October 2016

I have owned a number of LaCie products over the years and I have always been extremely impressed with their build quality and reliability. This updated LaCie Rugged Drive is no different and improves upon its already excellent predecessor by offering an integrated thunderbolt cable (never have to...

15 January 2014

I waited for a year to pass before posting a review because I saw so many negative reviews on this drive on here. I really like this drive and use it to travel with my virtual machines for work.

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    Portable Fast Reliable (Used for over a year now with no problems) Thunderbolt and USB3

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    Gets a little warm so don't put it under anything where it can't breathe. I accidentally put my jacket on it one day and it was really hot after that.

28 October 2015

Love it. Works very well, small, simple, clean design. The rubber band is great against drops and to make sure it doesn't slip out of your hand. The plug isn't a mini USB though like some other hard drives, it uses it's own cable.

Pc connection express.34136925
22 December 2010

This is a very good drive for travellers and telecommuters. I do both, and use this drive in both situations - both for work files and media (photo backup, music and videos for long flights). It works well and it's very portable.

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    easy to install, size, compatibility, build quality, value for money, easy to use, sound quality

B h photo.32817553
4 days ago

I used this product for a long time. It's reliable and yes, rugged.

B h photo.32817553
4 days ago

These Lacie rugged drives have always been really dependable for me, and I appreciate that this one also has Firewire 800. Since it's a 5400rpm drive, I use this more for backups or archiving movies and music.

B h photo.32817553
3 weeks ago

Mobile and efficient

B h photo.32817553
4 weeks ago

I would like for this system to have the cable linked to the drive. This is done on some of the other larger drives. If i had known I would have gone to the bigger one. That is an easy upsell team B& H

B h photo.32817553
7 April 2017

Drive simply fast and reliable. Like the fact that it's more drop-proof than normal drives. Great for video projects.

Product Highlights
  • Capacity of 500GB
  • USB 3.0 & FireWire 800 Ports
  • Works with FireWire 400 & USB 2.0
  • Max Data Transfer Rate of Up to 110MB/s
  • 7200rpm Disk Speed
  • AES 256-Bit Encryption
  • LaCie Backup Software
  • 10GB of Online Storage
  • Rugged Protection
  • Windows and Mac Compatible
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In The Box
  • LaCie 500GB Rugged Triple Interface USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive
  • USB 3.0 Cable (USB 2.0-Compatible)
  • FireWire 800 cable
  • Quick Install Guide
  • 2-Year Limited Warranty
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