LaCie Rugged Secure 2TB External Hard Drive
Easy to set up, but secure functionality is of dubious value
[SPECS]2TB 2.5-inch HDD, AES-256 hardware encryption, USB-C connector, 1.2m drop resistance, 1-ton crush resistance, water resistant, 2-year warranty with 2-year data rescue service plan
LaCie’s Rugged line of external hard drives have long been the go-to for anyone that plans on mistreating their storage. The new Rugged Secure variant adds an extra layer of security to ensure your precious data is safe not just from physical damage, but unauthorised access too.
At its core, the Rugged Secure is simply a USB-C 2TB external hard drive like any other, but wrapped in a removeable bright orange rubber cover, in a tough aluminium case that is rain resistant, drop resistant up to 1.2m and can withstand a 1-ton car driving over it. LaCie even throws in free data recovery for 2 years with the Rugged line of drives. That’s how confident they are in the toughness of their external drive.
The Secure part of the product name comes from the included LaCie Toolkit app. Setup is very easy, with LaCie’s wizard guiding you through encrypting the contents of the hard drive. Once encrypted, every time you plug the drive in to your computer, LaCie Toolkit will pop up and ask for the encryption password to unlock your data.
If you plug the drive in to a computer without LaCie’s software installed, all that you can see on the drive are three files – Mac and Windows executables and a readme HTML file that explains what to do with them. Installing the “Unlock Drive for Mac” or “Unlock Drive for Windows” software does what it says on the tin, allows you to enter the encrypted drive’s password and view the data stored within.
Whilst it’s nice Lacie has this software available, you can achieve the same outcome with any external hard drive using free and open source drive encryption software like VeraCrypt or Microsoft’s BitLocker (if you’ve got Windows 10 Professional or Enterprise). With that in mind, paying extra for the Rugged Secure over the regular Rugged drive is simply a waste of money.