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REVIEW / LaCie Rugged Mini 1 TB

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Pierre-Jean Alzieu Published on December 30, 2011
Translated by Sam McGeever


  • Capacity 500 GB
  • Format
  • Interface
  • Rotation Speed 7200 rpm
  • Cache 16 MB
  • Write Speed NC
Today we're looking at a member of LaCie's Rugged range of external hard drives, in the shape of the Mini, a tough external hard drive with a self-powered USB 3.0 interface.  

The LaCie Rugged Mini external hard drive has the same basic design as the larger Rugged drive: it's shock resistant for falls from heights of up 1.2 m and splash resistant too.  LaCie also claims that it's new hard drive still worked perfectly after going under the wheels of a one tonne car.

It's available in three sizes: 500 GB, 1 TB and 1.5 TB.


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We've got used to excellent performances from LaCie's Rugged range and today's product is no exception, and is right at the top of the table.  With read speeds of 116 MB/s and write speeds of 114 MB/s, it even comes close to rivaling larger 3.5'' format drives.


With a volume of 220 cm³, the Mini is smaller than previous Rugged drives.  It slides very easily into a pocket, especially now that you can remove the rubber sleeve, which slims it down to 124 cm³, making it the smallest 2.5'' drive yet.  But be careful—without the extra rubber, it's less resistant.  
LaCie includes a range of software, including a free trial of its cloud-based storage system, Wuala, giving users 10 GB of space online for a year. You can access your files from any computer—or even an iPhone or Android smartphone—but also have an extra backup in case the physical hard drive fails.


  • Excellent performance: read speeds: 116 MB/s; write speeds: 114 MB/s
  • Very well protected against shocks
  • USB 3.0 interface
  • Self-powered over USB 3.0


  • Rubber protection is bulky (but can be removed)


LaCie's Rugged Mini is an external hard drive that's small, speedy and solid. What more could you want?
5 LaCie Rugged Mini 1 TB DigitalVersus 2011-12-30 13:38:08
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