LaCie’s Rugged Mini Is Everything You’d Want in a Portable Hard Drive


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I’ve had the pleasure of being able to review LaCie’s 4TB Rugged Mini, and I love it!

LaCie's Rugged Mini Is Everything You'd Want in A Portable Hard Drive

A Portable external hard drive, the Rugged Mini is everything you saw from the original (and larger) LaCie Rugged Raid, but in a smaller design that maximizes its portability, all while giving you a nice flashy orange bumper that protects the device from being dropped. While the Larger Rugged dons both a Thunderbolt connection option, and a USB 3.0 connection which obviously connects to your computer, the Rugged Mini stuck to having just a single USB 3.0 port which sits at the top of the hard drive.


Here are some more specs about the LaCie Rugged Mini:

Capacity: 4TB (2 x 2TB)

Interface: Thunderbolt (bus powered), USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 and UAS compatible)

RAID modes: RAID0 (preconfigured), Hardware RAID0/RAID1

Resistance: Dust & Water: IP 54 rated

Shock: drops up to 1.5 meters (5 feet) (in non-operating mode)

Pressure: 1 ton (2205 lbs.)

Security: Password protected, AES 256-bit encryption

System requirements: Thunderbolt: Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later, USB 3.0: Latest version of Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8/Mac OS X 10.6 or later

Dimensions: 1.3 x 3.6 x 5.8 in (34 x 91 x 148 mm)

Weight: 1.2 lbs. (0.56kg)

LaCie's Rugged Mini Is Everything You'd Want in A Portable Hard Drive

The LaCie Rugged Mini runs in four different sizes: 500gb, 1tb, 2TB, and 4TB. Perfect for frequent travelers, I actually used the LaCie Rugged Mini at CES in January to transfer data that I didn’t want left sitting on my laptop, as well as storing the movies that wouldn’t fit on my 128gb iPhone 6 Plus.

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