11 April, 2009
LaCie Rugged Hard Disk
Firstly, I must thank Sam for recommending this LaCie Rugged Hard Disk.
I ordered it on Apple Store Australia (Online) at late hours on Monday, and received it on Wednesday.
LaCie Rugged Hard Disk has been around for quite a few years, and it has been quite popular among mobile computer users. The key feature of it is without a doubt - its shock resistant.
(As usual, more photos follow...)
I know I don't usually take so many photos for a single product. This can be considered as my first "open box shots".
The front of the LaCie Rugged Hard Disk box:
The back of the LaCie Rugged Hard Disk box:
And the contents:
the front view of the LaCie Rugged Hard Disk:
the back view of the LaCie Rugged Hard Disk
Here's a photo of all the ports for this external HDD. I bought the triple interface version of LaCie Rugged Hard Disk, the ports are FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0, and a port for USB power cable connection (in case the connected port does not supply power).
Since this LaCie Rugged Hard Disk is designed to be carried out, it makes sense to compare the size with my outdoor gadgets (15-inch MacBook Pro, iPhone 3G (black, 16GB), iPod touch (32GB, 1st gen)).
MacBook Pro, iPhone 3G and iPod touch all have invisibleSHIELD on, and they might appear to be a bit reflective on the photo above. (to Don: Yes, I carry both my iPhone 3G and iPod touch out with me to Tasmania and this trip to Victoria. The iPod touch is mainly designed for in car music playing.)
It is clearly that the LaCie Rugged Hard Disk is not very compact. However, there are times you need to get something that provides better protection rather than getting one that is extremely compact.
The view of LaCie Rugged Hard Disk connected to MacBook Pro.
Since this external hard disk is for carrying out, it makes sense to get one that is suitable for travelling. I chose one that is strong against dropping/shocking. Why bother getting one that does not offer much protection? Although this LaCie Rugged Hard Disk costs a little bit more, the data stored in the LaCie Rugged Hard Disk is priceless.
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Posted by Antony on 11 April 2009 9:39 AM
Unless you plan on dropping that out a window, I have a feeling that a standard hard drive with a sudden motion sensor built in would've done the same thing for a lot less money.
It seems like that you have an issue with some extra protection.
It seems like you have an issue with spending more money than necessary.
I don't spend more than necessary. I spend money on what is needed.
Getting something that is stronger in protection is, without a doubt, a very wise decision and a good investment.
I would not call this "necessary", but rather, "discretionary."
I would like to remind you that you are not taking that hard drive to war, or up the side of Mount Everest.
The roads in various parts of Australia aren't that well sealed or flat like the ones in beautiful Boston. It makes a very good sense to reduce the risk of hard disk getting failure during the trip.
Why bother carrying backup device that does not give enough protection?
Actually, the road system in Boston is a joke. I believe I told you about how my mum's car quit in the middle of one of Boston's terrible flooded-out roads.
As I said before, any drive would have given you "enough protection." You decided that you wanted much more protection than you needed, thus also paying more money than you needed.
Yes, I remember what you told me, but I believe it was just an one-off incident.
It was not I wanted much more protection than I needed, it was getting a proper protection as well as getting peace of mind.
Please remember that Antony is very poor. He does not spend more than necessary.
Then, if you needed that sort of protection, why didn't you also get a shock-resistant hard drive for the MacBook Pro that you're also taking around with you?
It wasn't available for the MacBook Pro. Remember, my MacBook Pro is not as powerful as the superfast dual-processor 64-bit laptop.
Sorry, I guess you must hate aftermarket upgrades.
Actually, your MacBook Pro is more powerful in just about every way possible when compared to mine. Please remember that your MacBook Pro is also a "superfast dual-processor 64-bit laptop".
Why bother modifying/hacking a perfectly working hardware while understanding such action would void the warranty. For your information, I purchased the additional warranty - AppleCare Protection Plan - at the time of purchasing the MacBook Pro.
Still, I believe that, to most sensible people, getting an external HDD with a good protection against common incidents for storing valuable data is a very wise and sensible decision.
By your logic, you would spend a few more dollars to get the ruggedized drive for your MacBook Pro. After all, why bother carrying a laptop that doesn't give enough protection? You seem to enjoy spending money, so paying more for out-of-warranty repair would be great for you.
I believe that, to most sensible people, they would realize that a ruggedized external hard drive would protect against much more than "common incidents," and would make the wise decision of purchasing a standard hard drive with a sudden motion sensor, thus saving them some money knowing that they will never need the extra protection.
Because solid state drive wasn't available on MacBook Pro at the time when I bought the MacBook Pro. Obviously, I can't support a superstrong laptop like yours. The more protection, the better.
Hard drives on all current Apple laptops are equipped with Sudden Motion Sensor technology.
In fact, the Apple laptops that came with Sudden Motion Sensor are: All Intel-based Apple portables such as the MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, PowerBook G4 computers starting with PowerBook G4 (12-inch 1.5GHz), PowerBook G4 (15-inch 1.67/1.5GHz), PowerBook G4 (17-inch 1.67GHz), and iBook G4 computers starting with iBook G4 (Mid 2005) have Sudden Motion Sensor technology. My PowerBook G4 12-inch did not come with that technology, and it failed once.
I don't have a superstrong laptop. That's evident in its failing hard drive and bad display hinges.
So for whatever reason, the Sudden Motion Sensor is enough for your laptop, but not your external hard drive, even though you'll probably be using one with the other?
There's a reason to use external HDD instead of laptop's built-in HDD.
I did not say Sudden Motion Sensor is enough for my laptop. There wasn't better option available when I ordered it.
The more protection the better it is. What's wrong with that?
If the sudden motion sensor isn't enough for your laptop, why not just buy an aftermarket ruggedized hard drive? I recall you bought more RAM for your MacBook Pro, so it doesn't seem like there's any reason you couldn't replace the hard drive as well.
I am simply trying to say that, regardless of how much better that extra protection was, it is rather useless and wasteful to you.
The RAM for my MacBook Pro is under "upgradeable by users". Only a panel that designed to let users open it easily. I have no interest to crack up the body of MacBook Pro as I paid for AppleCare Protection Plan.
I found those additional "peace of mind" helps, hence they are useful to me.
I would say that seems somewhat restrictive. I can even replace my CPU without voiding my warranty.
"Peace of mind" is a luxury afforded to the rich; I assume you know that. The rest of us are forced to make financial sacrifices.
Obviously, Apple is unlike HP's openness on allowing users to temper with the hardware and they will clean up the mess with warranty.
"A luxury afforded to the rich"? I've never heard of that before. Please remember that Antony is poor.
So you assume that someone will make a mess by making routine upgrades?
You call changing CPU a routine upgrade?
I did not know that you've changed CPUs so often.
I don't, but there's nothing saying you can't (other than your restrictive warranty).
I never realise that your HP superfast 64-bit dual-processor laptop is designed for users to replace CPU themselves easily.
Apple's laptops like many other laptops aren't designed with CPU that is user self replaceable in mind.
I have much experience with the LaCie Rugged drives. I work in the education field where i travel between schools daily. The only drive i use and trust to transport my data is the LaCie Rugged drive. This has come from experience with other drives and manufacturers.
In my experience in the field using several drives, the LaCie Rugged Drive has proven to be the drive that is most reliable in the circumstances i use it for. It has a three year warranty attached to it, as well as superior interfacing options (FireWire 800/400 & USB) which is somewhat unique to portable hard drives.
The LaCie Rugged drives are the best around, and Antony should not have to justify his purchase to you. He wanted a good quality drive which would last a long period of time, and in my opinion & experience, he has made the correct decision.
Feel free to throw your objections up to this, but i am speaking from experience. This is the only drive i suggest for portable use.
Thank you Sam.
Carrying a hard disk with a "peace of mind" is very important as it will allow you spend more energy on other things.
LaCie Rugged Hard Disk is little good, but you must take care about corrupted and damaged reason of hard disk.
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