If you are reading this, there are probably digital data in your life that are close to essential: photos, poems, MP3s, entire albums, movies you've made. You know that you need to make back-up copies of these data; what you may not know is that if you want the data to survive for more than a week, you should not store them on a LaCie drive.
In my experience, storing data on a LaCie drive means that you are going to lose those data. They will generally be lost for one of two reasons: the LaCie enclosure overheats and damages a section of the hard drive that it is "protecting"; or your data is stored in bits spread across multiple drive—in an enclosure containing either two or four separate hard drives—and one of those drives dies.
Several years' worth of photos I took with my Canon PowerShot S400—every photo taken between October 2003 and December 2005—are trapped inside a LaCie 1 TB enclosure containing four drives. Like all the other LaCie drives I have owned, it has failed. Motherfuck LaCie with a rusty fork.
If you want to back up your data, I suggest you buy Glyph drives—I love the GT050Q 320 GB: fast, quiet, well-cooled, reliable—or any of the MyBooks made by Western Digital (a company that makes many of the drives that end up in everyone else's enclosures).Posted by Sasha at May 21, 2007 10:22 AM | TrackBack