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LaCie 1TB Rugged Triple Portable Hard Drive - USB 3.0, USB 2.0, FireWire 800 - Refurbished
(The LaCie Rugged Triple Hard Disk provides universal connectivity: you've got the superior speeds of USB 3.0 and FireWire 800, and full backward compatibility with FireWire 400 and USB 2.0.)
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  BackUp for iMac 27" 1TB Drive,  2013-06-01
By Dale

I needed a fast bootable Backup for my mac 27" with 1 TB drive. LaCie has always delivered a pretty good product. I wanted to mount it with Velcro in the iMac between the stand and the computer out of the way. This required a portable 2.5 inch drive. Also having lived with a USB 2 similar set up for my iMac 20" (only 250G), I wanted to get something faster for a terabyte. This drive has USB 3.0 and two Firewire 800 ports. The iMac has one Firewire 800 port, no USB 3 (4 USB 2 though). By using the Firewire 800, I can clone a bootable version in only a few hours (the drive has only about 350 GBs at this point). As the drive fills the time will get longer. The LaCie is small and quiet and has the rugged rubber surround for when it is used to transport larger files to another machine for processing (usually Video editing). I can then boot from the drive and continue the project. I've only had the drive for a couple weeks, but so far it has performed as expected. There are a few cloning issues (not the drives fault) with certain permissions on some applications on Snow Leopard clones and I expect Mountain Lion to have the same, but these will usually not stop the clone from working. And in case of drive failure internally on the iMac, the clone works quite well to boot from until it is convenient to replace the internal drive. This unit was a refurbished discounted drive, however with a brand like LaCie, there is little reason to hesitate as they have been fair in past transactions if things did not work out of the box.

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