LaCie Mobile Drive in review: Expensive HDD storage

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If you want cheap storage space, you should use an external hard drive. But not to the LaCie Mobile Drive. The currently best external hard drive, the Toshiba Canvio Advance (grade: 1.4) is faster and offers 4 terabytes of storage for 105 euros – four times as much as the LaCie, which costs 80 euros. The choice is clear.

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  • Fast reading
  • Fast when writing

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  • Slow access times
  • Slow for small files

Holiday pictures, films, documents and music take up a lot of space on the notebook or PC. This is then missing again for programs and games. Why burst the precious memory with data when they can also be easily stored on an external hard drive (HDD, Hard Driver Disk) accommodate? The advantage over an external SSD: An HDD is cheaper. The LaCie tested here with 1 terabyte of memory costs just 80 euros. Manufacturers of 1 terabyte SSDs charge an additional 20 euros (such as the Transcend ESD370C, rating: 1.2). Hard drive buyers have to do without speed for this. Is the LaCie a good data store?

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Canvio Advance 4TB green (HDTCA40EG3CA)

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Memory Case 5TB


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My Passport Ultra 5TB blue (WDBFTM0050BBL)


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My Passport for Mac 4TB (WDBA2F0040BBL)

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One Touch Portable 5TB silver

My Passport Ultra 4TB (WDBFTM0040)


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Armor A85 5TB


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Backup Plus Portable 5TB black (STHP5000400)


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Backup Plus Portable 5TB black (STHP5000400)

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Slim and light

The LaCie is an external 2.5-inch HDD the size of a cigarette pack (8.5×11.8×1 centimeters). It weighs only 189 grams, but offers 931 gigabytes of storage space for documents, photos, videos and music.

The connection fits

So there is enough space, but what technology is in the LaCie? The hard drive docks with a version 3.2 Gen 1 USB-C connector. Theoretically, up to 10 gigabits per second are possible via the standard. The maximum speed is therefore 1.25 gigabytes per second. However, this is a theoretical value. One wonders how fast the LaCie is in practice.

No high flyer

When testing the maximum continuous transfer rate, COMPUTER BILD sent data from A to B over a longer period of time. In this test point, the LaCie achieved 120 megabytes per second (MB/s) when writing data and 119 MB/s when reading. That’s decent for a hard drive. Does the HDD deliver a similarly solid performance for large and medium files combined? The LaCie achieved an average of 120 MB/s when reading. Unfortunately, it falls behind when writing at 91.4 MB/s – and you can feel that when copying data from the computer to the HDD. The access times also leave a lot to be desired: the HDD averages 7.8 milliseconds (ms) when reading and 2.6 ms when writing. So it takes a while before, for example, a film starts from the LaCie.

  • Fast reading
  • Fast when writing
  • Slow access times
  • Slow for small files

Economical accessories

The included cable is 50 centimeters long and has a USB-C connector on both sides. Too bad: A USB type A adapter didn’t make it into the scope of delivery. This would allow the HDD to dock to PCs and notebooks with a USB-A socket. Users have to buy a USB type A adapter for 4 euros extra.

LaCie Mobile Drive in review: Expensive HDD storage

The LaCie Mobile Drive has a USB-C socket. Too bad: If you want to connect it to a USB-A device, you need an adapter for 4 euros.

Lacie Mobile Drive in the test: the conclusion

If you want cheap storage space, you should use an external hard drive. But not to the LaCie Mobile Drive. The currently best external hard drive, the Toshiba Canvio Advance (grade: 1.4), is faster and offers 4 terabytes of storage for 105 euros – four times as much as the LaCie, which costs 80 euros. The choice is clear.

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