LaCie Porsche Design P’9220 1 TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive 302000 Reviews

  • USB 3.0 interface for rapid photo, video and audio file exchange and transfer
  • 3mm of strong aluminum casing to protect your data
  • Includes Wuala online storage and LaCie Private-Public software to protect your data
  • Features eco-mode to lower your drives power consumption by up to 40% when not in use
  • 1 TB storage capacity
  • USB 3.0 interface for rapid photo, video and audio file exchange and transfer
  • 3mm of strong aluminum casing to protect your data
  • Includes Wuala online storage and LaCie Private-Public software to protect your data
  • Features eco-mode to lower your drives power consumption by up to 40% when not in use
  • 1 TB storage capacity

Product Reviews

“Good But Has its Weak Points” – GLerner
Score: 4/5 Source: Amazon.com

This hard drive is definitely eye candy. It goes perfectly with the aluminum design of the Mac book Pro. It is small, holds a lot, and is relatively fast good enough for gaming. Don’t expect the rubber feet that comes with it to last a week, they are rubbish. The usb seems loose, and sometimes I will move the hard drive and it will become disconnected with the computer. This is quite annoying when you are working on something or playing a game. If you havent saved, you’ve lost everything you were doing. I would, however definitely recommend this hard drive to fellow Mac users. It looks stunning, its worth the price, but the connection is iffy.
“Best portable hard drive I have ever seen!” – 5.0 Engine
Score: 5/5 Source: Amazon.com

This LaCie Porche hard drive is perfection in any way one could measure.

The design is just a work of art, no other way to describe it. It has an elegant brushed aluminum exoskeleton, with edges that come to crisp points, and sharp corners.

You connect to your old USB 2.0 or the newer 3.0, and the drive spins up, except you can’t hear or feel it. I was so vibration free, and quiet I couldn’t even tell it was running, but it was, and it was blistering fast. I am not kidding here, the drive I received had ZERO vibration, and no noise, and I have never seen that in any mechanical hard drive in the 25 years I have been using them. It was almost as if it was an SSD.

On usb 2.0 on a decent Dell tower I got 33MB/sec read, and somewhat less on write. (write has to read too, which is slower for any drive). I did not have an usb 3.0 to test it on.

Drive comes formatted in NTFS, and a number of software programs.

It comes with a USB 3.0 cable, but you could use a cell phone type usb 2.0 cable (the one with the really small connector), and just connect it to the small half of the USB 3.0 socket on the drive. It will work fine.

I had no problem using the drive without any additional power source. It worked on ONE usb port. The drive ran so cool, that I could not imagine it taking too much power.

I did not use the software it came with. If you want encryption software I strongly recommend trucrypt, and use a very long password or keyfile.

Again, this drive is a work of art. LaCie you did well!

I have recently bought other portable hard drives bought from Toshiba and Western Digital both of which vibrated, made noise, and felt and looked cheap. The WD failed, and with the Toshiba 1TB is running like a weak back vibrator. It won’t last either. I am now considering buying another LaCie Porche.

“Excellent product; compact and well-designed” – Ken
Score: 5/5 Source: Amazon.com

After several years, my old exterior hard drive which I used for backing up my MacBook failed completely. It was until then very dependable, and (I thought) very compact and tidy (although it had a firewire connection and needed its own power source). So, I looked around and found this and decided to give it a try. My opinion is that it’s very good.

It is extremely compact and very good looking. It attaches to the MacBook using a USB 3 cable. My MacBook is not USB 3 enabled, but not a problem, inasmuch as the drive works very handily with USB 2 as well. The setup takes about 5 seconds: plug the USB port into the MacBook, plug the other, dedicated USB 3 end, to the Drive, and click. I had 58 gigs worth of data to transfer and it took a little less than an hour using Time Machine on the Mac. Since then, updates take about 30 seconds each. Works with Windows too, apparently.

Verdict? I’m going to buy a second one to keep with me when I go to the office or travel.

“Great buy!” – mercks
Score: 5/5 Source: Amazon.com

I am very happy with this drive. The installation only took me a couple of minutes, I’ve also set up the automatic backup in literally no time. The drive is very easy to use. I like everything about this model, from the software interface to the solid aluminum enclosure, and AES-256 data encryption.
“Beautiful, quiet, fast” – Wunderschoen
Score: 4/5 Source: Amazon.com

I just got this drive as a replacement for my old backup drive (which, at 100 GB, was not nearly enough space). The previous drive was a LaCie as well and has lasted me 3-4 years with no problems, as has my LaCie flash drive. This drive, P9220, is beautiful and feels very heavy and well-made. It is absolutely silent and does not heat up at all if placed on a table. I was transferring files through a USB 2.0 connection (my laptop is about 3 years old and does not have a USB 3.0) and it took maybe 10 hours to transfer 260 GB of data. To me this seems very fast, considering the USB 2.0 connection. The drive worked wonderfully with my Mac and I had no problems with setup using the LaCie assistant or with setting it up as my Time Machine drive. I did set it up as a Mac-only drive, which lets me have more space and store larger files, but it is possible to set it up as a Mac/Windows-compatible drive or to make a partition and have both formats. I didn’t use any of the included software. If it stops working I will update this review, but since this isn’t going to be used continuously I doubt that will happen anytime soon.
“Lacie Porsche 1TB” – PrettyEddie
Score: 5/5 Source: Amazon.com

Let me start off by saying that aesthetically there is no comparison to this hard drive. It’s quiet, it’s fast and it’s reliable. Even if you don”t have a USB 3.0 connection, this thing blows the competition away. I opted to buy the 1TB due to the minimal price difference. And as a tip, if you’ve got this drive connected, make sure you don’t leave it in the case or pouch you buy while connected. Since it’s all aluminum, it can get rather warm quickly.
“WD WD10TPVT 1TB drive inside” – munna
Score: 5/5 Source: Amazon.com

If apple made external hard drives, this is how it would look. 5 stars for design. This mounts as a 1TB Western Digital WD10TPVT drive when connected to the computer.
“Great Design & Storage Capacity” – Tek9
Score: 5/5 Source: Amazon.com

I’ve been storing our family digital images since 2002. Back then our bulk of pictures were still taken with a film SLR camera & only about 30% of them were taken with our first 2.1mp point & shoot. Not that big of a deal with storage problems on a PC. Fast forward 10 yrs and we have two DSLR’s (21mp & 18mp), three point & shoot (14mp – kids), two smart phones (12mp & 8mp) and two HD camcorders. With my shutter happy family this has resulted into about 80GB worth of media on a yearly basis, thus the increase for more storage.

I work in Information Technology (IT) for a living so redundancy is a habit of mine. I Have a 1TB Seagate Desktop HDD & recently purchased this Lacie 1TB Portable HDD as a backup for my backup(the seagate). I got tired of having my backups backup split on two separate 500GB Pocket Western Digital. This Lacie is heavier then the WD but it’s expected due to the extra platters added for the extra storage space. It’s also more convenient for me to just take one HDD drive with me than two 500GB. The construction of it is solid & not flaky like the plastic 500GB WD units I have. Transfer speeds are fast when using a compatible 3.0 USB connection. I love that I have the ability to have 10yrs of digital memories at arms reach where ever I go. If I want to show family & friends pics I just plug this baby right into my tablet or netbook.

Overall: Solid build. Great Design/flashy in my opinion (if you look at that kind of stuff). The enclosure is more rugged than the cheaper plastic Western Digital & Seagate models out there. Has USB 3.0. Plenty of storage space in a pocket size format. Uses USB 3.0 cable so make sure you don’t loose it, they’re not as easy to buy/find as your typical USB 2.0 to mini cable, then again, you can find anything on amazon.com

“Awesome drive” – G.C.
Score: 5/5 Source: Amazon.com

This LaCie drive works and looks awesome. It runs quiet and fast, there’s lots of storage space. I would definitely recommend it if you are looking for a quality portable drive.
“Beautiful” – Bi
Score: 5/5 Source: Amazon.com

Perfect design, and I think it’s not expensive if you see its design and function. It works well with any PC run XP, Vista, 7 and any Mac from Leopard.