Author: Bob Buskirk
[ad#review993-top]External hard drives are everywhere, I currently use 4 with my main rig and 1 with my laptop. I really like using them because they are easy to setup and if you need to transfer large files from one computer to another you can just go ahead and unplug the drive and plug it into the new computer. Today we will be looking at an external drive that gives you more security than most others, the LaCie D2 Safe drive has a fingerprint reader on it so you can securely access files. So if someone decides they want to snatch this off your desk they cannot access your files.
Geeks.com was nice enough to send the drive along, they are a great source for inexpensive computer parts.
Item Number: 301234U
Capacity: 1 TB
- 2 x FireWire 800 (9-pin) ports
- 1 x FireWire 400 (6-pin) port (compatible with iLink, DV**)
- 1 x USB 2.0 port (compatible with USB 1.1)
Rotational Speed (rpm): 7200
Cache: 16MB or greater
Interface Transfer Rate:
- FireWire 800: up to 800Mbits/s (100MB/s)
- FireWire 400: up to 400Mbits/s (50MB/s)
- USB 2.0: up to 480Mbits/s (60MB/s)
Max Sustained Transfer Rate:
- FireWire 800: up to 64MB/s
- FireWire 400: up to 42MB/s
- USB 2.0: up to 34MB/s
Hardware Encryption: AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) with a key size of 128 bits
Software: LaCie User Administration & Biometric Drive Lock; LaCie `1-Click’ Backup Software
Size: 1.7 x 6.3 x 6.8 in. / 44 x 160 x 173 mm
Weight: 3.31 lbs. / 1500 g
We received the D2 Safe drive from Geeks.com so it came very quickly. Like everything from Geeks the package was packed with air bubbles instead of the packing peanuts. Since this is a refurbished drive it came in a plain box.
Inside of the box we find the D2 Safe drive, power cable, USB 2.0 cable, firewire 400 cable, firewire 800 cable, mounting stand, install guide and the software CD.