D2 Safe Overview
The D2 Safe drive looks a lot like most of the other LaCie drives that I’ve seen. The solid metal design really makes this drive stand out from other drives. On each side you have a LaCie logo engraved into the metal. On the bottom side of the drive there are 4 rubber feet if you choose to not use the stand. The front of the drive is pretty plain, not much to see here.
Moving around to the back of the drive we find all of our connections. From left to right you have power, firewire 400, 2x firewire 800 and USB 2.0. Next you have the controls for the fan, which are off, auto, and on. Then you have the ventilation holes for the fan.
On the top of the drive we find something a bit different. This drive is called the D2 Safe drive because it has a fingerprint reader on it. That way you can easily protect the files on the drive with something better than just a simple password.
I decided I would go ahead and open the drive up. To do that you remove 2 small screws on the back of the drive, one is covered up by a voided warranty sticker, and so I went ahead and voided our warranty to see what’s inside. Once you have the screws removed you slide the entire drive casing out of the front of the enclosure. Once we have everything out we can see LaCie has used a Samsung 1TB, 7200RPM, 32MB cache SATA hard drive. The rest of the enclosure is just a simple PCB with the connections on it.
If you choose to you can sit the drive up on the stand. The stand is a metal piece that slides into the bottom of the drive my loosening 2 hex bolts then to secure it you tighten those 2 hex bolts back up. It’s a really simple process and the stand also has 4 rubber feet on it so your drive is not sliding all over your desk and marking it up.