I always recommend my friends and colleagues from NOT buying Lacie products but last year I needed a portable drive for a job. Samys had some Ruggeds there so I went against my own word. Well, within a few months it died. Luckily it was only for location work and there was nothing on it that wasn't backed up somewhere else.
I called tech support and it was almost like they were waiting for my call. They asked for my credit card number so they could do an advance return.
product . . . .sucks
service . . . . .works
but i want a product that I never need to call for service
I have about 24 of the orange lacies and had only one failure, which looked like someone droped a bowling ball on it as it was so bent. Still it tried to run just made a lot of noise, but I can't blame lacie for that.
I love the fact they have fw 400 and 800 as it allows me to free the 400 port on the computers for tethering, and use the 800 port for the drives. We jump drives and when tethering shoot straight to the first drive, using chronosync or just manually backing up depending on the need so at the end of the day we are only about 5 minutes away from two backups.
If we are on the road we backup to a third drive that evening and fedex that to the retoucher, so three copies are now in two places.
I love em, hope they continue to make them.
fwiw; I used G drives (they came apart, owc, the controllers went out on three of them, and weibetch when we use to build our own. Too much trouble, when you can just buy the lacie and get to work.