LaCie Ruggeds get a Revamp

July 1st, 2014
LaCie Ruggeds get a Revamp

LaCie has released a re-vamp to its popular LaCie RuggedRugged line. The portable hard drives now provide up to 2TB of storage, with a convenient permanent Thunderbolt cable.

The LaCie Rugged hard drive has been quite popular with filmmakers, offering storage for in-the-field media backup. There’s been a few flavours of the line over the years; a fairly un-changed cosmetic design with variants of capacity and peripherals.

Now, they’ve redesigned the Rugged with a new in-built Thunderbolt cable, which wraps around the edge of the hard drive and tucks into a supplied cover.

Just like the previous, the new Rugged also includes a USB 3.0 port for further connectivity (which is naturally down compatible with USB 2.0).

LaCie Rugged

The Rugged is available with both an SSD and spinning disk drive, the former up to 500GB and the latter in 1TB and newly released 2TB form.

The drives boast Thunderbolt speeds of up to 387 MB/s. Speaking from experience, this is only available on the SSD version; the spinning disk caps the speed of the product. Therefore the speed of Thunderbolt transfers on the 1TB and 2TB versions are of no real difference to that of USB 3.0.

LaCie on the durability of the Rugged:

“It’s MIL-compliant, which means that data is protected even during accidental drops of up to two meters (6.6 feet). During transit, connect the removable cover to provide IP 54-level protection against dust and water.

Whether the LaCie Rugged takes a jarring bicycle ride or gets splashed by a mud puddle, you stay confident that your data is still accessible. The SSD version goes a step further for the ultimate in resilience against vibration and shock.

Both versions are tough enough to be shipped for reliable delivery to clients or partners. Included software even protects your files from prying eyes with AES 256-bit encryption.”

Speaking of reliability, it’s worth reading reports by online backup vendor Blackblaze on the failure rate of industry drives. for reference, LaCie utilize Seagate drives, which actually came in last place in the Blazblaze report.

All Ruggeds ship with a replacement end cap (in case the original gets lost) and USB 3.0 cable. Both spinning disk models are available now from B&H, I’ll update this article upon release of the SSD version.

1TB LaCie Rugged from B&H.LaCie Rugged

2TB LaCie Rugged from B&H.

 

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David Parke
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July 1st, 2014

All the HDD versions are 5400 RPM. I returned my 2TB for a 1TB g-tech TB/usb3 that was at least 7200. :(

Jason Freeman
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July 1st, 2014

I wish they would finally offer it in another color than this brutally ugly orange… something that doesn’t scream LOOK AT ME I’M A HIPSTER DRIVE. Because this thing does a great job for serious work, but it doesn’t look professional at all. And yeah I know you can remove the orange rubber, but then it’s not really rugged anymore and not very suitable for mobile use.

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July 1st, 2014
Reply to  Jason Freeman

Truth be told, it’s not rugged even with the rubber, considering their failure rate according to that study.

Jason Freeman
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July 2nd, 2014
Reply to  Nino Leitner

The ones with HDDs surely yes, that doesn’t surprise me. Guess it should be widely known to everybody that HDDs (no mather which brand or model) easily fail and are not suitable for though use. That’s a limitation by design (mechanical hardware).

Actually I meant the SSD version of the Lacie Rugged, which I own. Think that should be fine for most usage scenarios. Right?

Peter piper
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July 2nd, 2014
Reply to  Jason Freeman

Replacement orange rubbery bits are available for sale separately, in black and blue. Although I’m not sure if they would fit this new model.

Jason Freeman
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July 2nd, 2014
Reply to  Peter piper

Oh didn’t know that. I think it wasn’t available when I originally bought the drive. Will order a sleeve now :) Thanks for the info!

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