LaCie’s Porsche-designed storage device has it all: speedy performance, tons of space for music, movie and data files, and the ability to function as your Mac’s startup drive. Plus, it fits nicely into a shirt pocket.
This petite and portable drive includes both a FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 port. It’s also FireWire bus-powered so you don’t have to carry around extra cables and power supplies. (Depending on your machine, you can also power the drive through USB. However, on some systems, like a PowerBook, I had to plug in a second USB power cable, which is included with the drive.)
The device comes formatted as a cross-platform FAT32 volume, so you can easily connect it to both a Mac and PC. If you don’t plan on using it with a PC, it’s easy to reformat the drive to an HFS+ volume, which will give you the best Mac performance. Once I reformatted it, the drive proved to be a top performer. It turned in the fastest 1GB copy time (48 seconds) of any currently shipping drive on our list and came in a close second on our duplicate a 1GB folder test (1 minute 23 seconds).
The Mobile Hard Drive ships with LaCie’s backup software, FireWire and USB cables, and a black velvet carrying case—just in case your pocket is already full.
|Copy 1GB to Drive||0:48|
|Duplicate 1GB on Drive||1:23|
|Low Memory Photoshop CS Suite||2:23|
Scale = Excellent, Very Good, Good, Flawed, Unacceptable
|Price per gigabyte||$2.50|
|Connectors||FireWire 400 (1), USB 2.0 (1)|
|Rotational Speed||5400 RPM|
|Other capacities||40GB ($120), 60GB ($140), 80GB ($170)|
Macworld’s Buying Advice
When it comes to portable drives, it’s hard to beat the petite 100GB LaCie Mobile Hard Drive. It’s fast, it’s FireWire bus-powered, and it can boot OS X.
[ James Galbraith is Macworld ’s lab director. ]LaCie Mobile Hard Drive, Design by F.A. Porsche 100GB