With the LaCie Minimus, you've got the power and performance of USB 3.0 combined with an ultra-compact size. Compared to other desktop drives, it's the smallest on the market, which makes it the perfect choice for users that enjoy their terabytes as much as their desk space. It's also easy to transfer HD movies, photos, and sound files with USB 3.0 - the fastest interface on the market. Since the LaCie Minimus is backward compatible with USB 2.0, it works on any PC or Mac.
My first two external hard drives, a LaCie and an Iomega, had internal fans and thus were very noisy. So, for my next external hard drive, I looked for a fanless one, and bought one of those LaCie "Design by Neil Poulton" drives. Beautiful black monolith design, no fan -- and it sounded like a popcorn popper when it would read and write. Arggh! It drove me crazy. I had to put it in a foam-lined box under my desk to keep the noise down (which put the beautiful design to waste). But this! This is a quiet external hard drive. Just the slightest whirring of the spinning disk, and a wee little bit of sound from the read and write heads (which I don't even notice anymore). I wish I'd bought two. I may yet.
I purchased Minimus without deliberating. Its form factor is 3.5 inches, yet it's very compact and the design is excellent. Strong metal casing protects the hard drive from unfavorable factors (scratches, bumps, damage). I mostly use it for storing my photographs. Sometimes I carry it with me. It works like clockwork. I like it, it's an excellent device.
Small and quick10/25/2011
Minimus is quick and compact. Thanks to USB 3.0, it's very quick. Even though it's a 2 TB drive, it does not take up much space on the desk. If needed, it can be easily carried in a handbag. The case is strong and will not be damaged during transportation. It's already supplied with software, which makes it easy to install and run automatic backups. The settings are simple and I didn't need to download anything. Excellent brand, good hard drive.
Great desktop drive!9/28/2011
I've tried many different ways of storing my archives, including memory sticks, DVDs and portable drives. Recently I've come across Minimus and decided to give it a try. It's actually in between a desktop and a portable HDD in terms of size. I've also bought a PCI Express card to take full advantage of USB 3.0. The drive came with a 2-year warranty and 10GB of online storage space. It's super fast. I'm very happy with this product!
Tiny, quiet, sleek.11/15/2010
I have a very quiet office. You barely hear it start and that's it. I use it for a time machine and haven't had any issues with it. I don't think I ever will.