back to article LaCie's rugged rubber drive hits 500GB

Rubber hard disk fetishist LaCie has upped the capacity of its ruggedly designed portable drive to half a terabyte capacity. Quite resembling an orange inflatable raft, the unit now packs a 500GB Hitachi Travelstar 2.5-inch drive into the Neil Poulton-designed chassis. The LaCie Rugged features a scratch-resistant aluminum …


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  1. Francis Boyle Silver badge

    Nah. . .

    No true rubber fetishist would go with that colour.

    Or so I've heard.

  2. Pierre

    Think of the children

    If LaCie is a rubber fetishist, what REALLY happened to Timmy?

  3. Jach

    Neat Idea

    But too expensive. I can get a regular 500 GB drive for about $60-$90.

  4. Andrew Bush
    Paris Hilton

    Sink or swim?

    So, does it float or not?

  5. Dean


    Does it float?

  6. SJ
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    Photo opportunity for Playmobil ?

    Is it just my imagination or would that hard disk make an excellent prop for a Friday afternoon playmobil set scene ?

    I think I need some more coffeee...

  7. Sikas Aparat

    @Francis Boyle

    It's not actually rubber, it's neoprene I think, so only suitable for a camp athletic geek, or so I've heard.

  8. Anonymous Coward

    Wouldn't trust it

    Not since I've seen two Lacie drives go up in smoke, literally. Plus it has a Hitachi DeathStar in it - never a good start!

  9. cookieMonster
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    rubbish drives

    I have a Lacie drive (Firewire) sitting on my desk right now, cover off, as it went titsup last Monday. This is the second drive that's given up the ghost that I've had from Lacie. Total rubbish.

  10. jai
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    re: Sink or Swim

    where's Prof. Myang Li when you need her?

  11. Bronek Kozicki


    I'm using "Maxtor OneTouch" (quotes because these days it's a Seagate) with FW400 interface, it works pretty well and the price is good. Fan is bit noisy at startup, though. I just spied OneTouch 4 Plus 500GB model at Amazon for £85 .

  12. Nick Miles

    Missing the point

    Yes you can get cheaper drives and you may also be able to get more reliable ones, but you will be hard pushed to find nicer looking ones.

    You're paying the premium for the design.

    As for reliability, I've got a TB of LaCie drives at home now, the oldest being 2 years old and I've never had a crash.

  13. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    no no no

    Does it blend?

    Paris blends.

  14. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    Scratch Resistant?


    I have one (not the 500GB one), and this is NOT aluminum (or AL-YOU-MINI-UM, as you guys put it). It is cheap plastic with sprayed-on metal paint, and the paint is already scratching off. I'd post a pic of it, but that can't happen here, so I'll post one of PH instead, as she has more style than substance.

    All that being said, it works well enough for me. I've been using it for quite some time.

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