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LaCie Porsche Design Mobile Drive (1TB)

One of the most stylish and physically solid drives you'll ever own and use.

Ah yes, external hard drives—they either have saved your life, or became the worst thing you have contended with. Of all the brands I've grappled with, from past to present, having to witness the horror seeing a hard drive fail before my very eyes, as so far it's only been one, it's a pleasant feeling to consider a company that stands behind their product. Not only that, but they went as far as to go for a smooth metal finish! You're looking at our first review of an external hard drive by LaCie and their awesome Porsche Design!

External hard drives need no introduction nor any explanation: They are digital storage devices often used as backup for computer files, when your personal computer or mobile device doesn't have enough space to provide. This is a spinning hard drive—7200 RPM—not to be confused with an SSD (solid state drive). This drive is fast enough to handle heavy work, like video editing, as we recommend to offload your raw footage to an external hard drive to give your computer's main system drive less stress. Another tip is use these external HDDs when transcoding/compressing your finished video(s). (We've never edited nor tested 4K video, although in such case, we'd recommend a desktop hard drive for a more stable performance.) This drive does not need external power for usage; You just plug in via USB and you're good to go. Just like people who drive on the streets recklessly after buying/leasing a new car, again, this is a spinning drive so give it time to load when plugging in, and allow your computer to mount the drive. Listen to the drive to make sure it's spinning properly indicated by its flashing light indicator, and make sure it's not making loud clicking sounds. If so, DO NOT force it to mount. Just unplug the drive, give it about 10 seconds then re-plug it again. Check your USB plugs, as this mobile drive runs better when connected directly to the CPU/laptop itself. I wouldn't recommend plugging this on a USB hub/multi USB port as it doesn't provide enough power to run it. Sure, you can get away with it, but from our experience, file transfers run faster when plugged it directly to the computer. Also, from our experience, USB hubs and multi-ports are susceptible to hard drive failures. Multi-port USB are good for devices that require low power, like your mouse or [external] keyboard.

The feel and look of this drive makes this stand out from the rest. Given how heavy it feels, this thing is built like a tank. The only catch is how sharp the corners are. They scratch surfaces , and even your skin, so handle with care. Handle with care...I believe that's what you should do with an external hard drive regardless of its physical build. I'm not sure if the sharp corners of the drive was a hidden warning to owners to handle the drive with care, but they sure made that message clear, whether it was on purpose or not. If you own more than one of these drives, you'll find that they stack up nicely. They don't interlock, like something you'd find with Rubbermaid® tupperware, so, again, handle with care.

As for compatibility, judging from the Profile Info written below, this is compatible with older versions of both Windows and Mac. However, having purchased this a few years back, we found that it runs well with Windows 10. Some of these drives are pre-formatted for Mac, but are most often compatible with Windows. That said, you may want to format your drive to Mac before using. You can use either Mac Journaled, which means it'll be a drive that'll only be read and used on Mac, or you can format using exFAT which is a format that can be read to both Mac and Windows. As far as we know, this drive can be loaded and read on a Linux operating system, but have not tested it recently, so proceed carefully.

Besides the sharp corners of the drive, there isn't much bad things to say about this drive. It looks clean, slick as a car, and runs beautifully. From video editing to regular backup of photos and TV shows, it's a drive that'll last for a very long time. As previously stated, no need for external power to use it, so if you're on the go and shooting photos, videos or recording audio of any kind, you can best be sure this drive will have your back. Heck, the average person may not even know this is an external hard drive!

Also forgot to mention, having worked at a video duplication house for more than a year, trust me when I say that the company uses and relies on LaCie drives. Not only myself, but my sweet sister also confirmed this when she used to work for an entertainment company—the times she met and collaborated with those in the post production department. It's not really a secret, but it's been trusted by serious amateurs and professionals in the industry. As for the version of these drives, I believe there's a 8TB variant, but that's the desktop version; Desktop drives often always require external power before use, so choose which one(s) fit your workflow and/or your backup solution.

This is the best working and neat looking drive by a mile—or we should say, by a light year! Thank you so much, LaCie!





  • Build like a tank.
  • Looks as slick as a car.
  • No external power needed; Just plug and play.
  • Desktop versions available in 8TB.
  • Can be formatted to both Windows and Mac.
  • Corners of the drive can be too sharp.
100% (A+)
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Brand LaCie
Item Porsche Design Mobile Drive 1 TB
Description USB 2.0 | USB 3.0


Speed Comparison** (1 Video Transfer) 8 sec. (USB 3.0) | 25 sec. (USB 2.0)
Specifications INTERFACE: USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible) | INTERFACE TRANSFER RATES: USB 3.0: up to 5Gb/s; USB 2.0: up to 480Mb/s

DIMENSIONS (WxDxH): 77 x 130 x 15 mm / 3 x 5.1 x 0.6 in. | WEIGHT: 240 g / 8.5 oz.

500 GB = 60 HD videos, 600 videos, 150,000 photos, and 130,000 songs
1 TB = 120 HD videos, 1,200 videos, 300,000 photos and 260,000 songs***

* 1 TB (Terabyte) = 1000GB, 1 GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes Total accessible capacity varies depending upon operating environment (typically 5-10% less).

** For optimal performance, the product must be connected to a USB 3.0 host port. Calculations are based on average write time. Transfer rates vary from one computer to another and may vary from one product to another. *** Calculations based on approximately 8GB HD video, 700MB MPEG-4 video, 3.6MB music file, and 3MB JPEG photo. Up 95% energy savings in USB 3.0 mode (1.94W vs. 0.06W). May vary from one product to another.
Minimum System Requirements Computer with a USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 port

Latest version of: Windows® XP, Windows Vista®, Windows 7, Windows 8 /
Mac® OS X 10.5 (Intel only), 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, 10.9
Minimum free disk space: 600MB recommended
Box Content LaCie Porsche Design Mobile Drive, USB 3.0 Cable (USB 2.0 compatible), Quick Install Guide, Complete Software Suite, LaCie Backup Assistant, LaCie Private-Public password protection with AES 256-bit encryption, and Eco Mode
Bar Code Number EAN 3 660619 320004 / UPC 0 93053 83009 0
Product Number 140228 / 100749385 / N2870
Quick Install Guide ↔ USB

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