LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt USB 3.0
Thunderbolt Series

LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt USB 3.0

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Universal Connectivity

Don't let your project get derailed by external drive/computer incompatibility. With both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt interfaces, the LaCie Rugged is a perfect match for your Mac® and PC. And because USB 3.0 is backwards compatible, you can connect it to any standard computer on the planet. The LaCie Rugged is also fully bus-powered through the included USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt1 cables. Its portability and interfaces make it the must-have sidekick to a new Mac or Ultrabook™.

No-Compromise Speed

Get lightning-fast transfer speeds on Mac and PC thanks to the USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt interfaces. With the SSD version, the LaCie Rugged delivers up to 385MB/s – the fastest bus-powered product ever2. The HDD version performs up to 110MB/s, a 35% improvement over FireWire 8002. Back up and transfer mountains of data in a fraction of the time. Enjoy noticeably more responsive photo library browsing

Complete Data Protection

Protecting your data is vital to meeting your deadline, and disaster can strike at any moment. That's why the LaCie Rugged is MIL-compliant for superior data protection from accidental drops up to 1.2 meters (4 feet). Whether it falls off your desk or out of the pocket of your safari jacket, you're confident that your data is still accessible. The SSD version goes a step further for the ultimate in resilience against vibration and shock. Both versions are tough enough to be shipped for reliable delivery to clients or partners. Included software even protects your files from prying eyes with AES 256-bit encryption.

User-friendly Software Suite Included

  • Automatic Backup - Easy setup and automatic worry-free backup for both PC and Mac computers.
  • Password Protection - With LaCie Private-Public software built-in, it's easy to make sure that your files are secure and protected, no matter where you go.
  • Secure Online Storage - 10GB of Wuala Online Storage included for one year to securely store and share your data online.

1 With USB 3.0 it is necessary to use the included external power supply.
2 For optimal performance, the product must be connected to a USB 3.0 host port.


Capacity: 1 TB, 1 TB (SSD) 2 TB, 256 GB (SSD), and 500 GB (SSD), solid-state.
Interface: 1 x USB 3.0 port (USB 2.0-compatible)
1 x Thunderbolt port
Rotational Speed (rpm) :  5400rpm
SSD Type: SATA 6Gb/s
Interface Transfer Rate: USB 3.0: 5Gb/s
Thunderbolt: 10Gb/s
Average Transfer Rate: (Thunderbolt & USB 3.0):1
SSD: 385MB/s
Maximum Drop Height: 1.2 meters (4 feet) in non-operating mode (dropping is not recommended in operating mode)
Software: * Easy setup (LaCie Setup Assistant)
* Automatic backup (LaCie Backup Assistant)
* AES 256-bit encryption: LaCie Private-Public software with password protection
* 10GB Wuala Secure Online Storage (1 year included)2
Size: 89 x 140 x 24 mm / 3.5 x 5.5 x 0.97 in.
Weight: 260 g / 9.2 oz.
System Requirements: * Latest version of Windows® XP, Windows Vista®, Windows 7, Windows 8 / Mac® OS X 10.5 (Intel only), 10.6, 10.7, 10.8
* Computer with an Thunderbolt, USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 port3
* High-speed internet for online storage
* Minimum free disk space: 600MB recommended
Box Content: * LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series
* USB 3.0 cable (USB 2.0-compatible)
* Thunderbolt cable (50cm)
* Quick Install Guide
* Complete software suite preloaded

*1TB (Terabyte) = 1000GB. 1GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending upon operating environment (typically 5-10% less).
1 These transfer rates were achieved using a 1TB 5400rpm Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series via USB 3.0 by Blackmagic Speed Test using a 17” Macbook Pro running OS X 10.7. Transfer rates vary from one computer to another and may vary slightly from one drive to another.
2 Full terms and conditions available at
3 For optimal performance, the product must be connected to a USB 3.0 host port.


Download the LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt USB 3.0 Datasheet (PDF)