LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt USB-C

Rugged Mobile Storage

Pros Trust the Rugged Family.

Since 2005, LaCie Rugged® portable hard drives have thrived where only the toughest survive — the film sets, photo shoots, and music studios of the world’s most influential creative pros. Why? Because LaCie Rugged products are the industry’s most trusted way to capture and transport data in the field.

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Ruggeds into the wild since 2005

Rugged Drives for All-Terrain Reliability.

Drop, rain, dust and crush resistant — durability like this is the core reason creative storytellers choose Rugged shuttle drives. Compact, sturdy, and ready for anything, they’re the ideal solution for transporting data on set, in the studio, and into the hands of your clients.

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Thunderbolt, USB-C, and USB 3.0 Ready.

A common scenario: You need to edit and deliver a project to a client, but you use a USB-C Macbook Pro and they use a USB 3.0 computer. What do you do? Simple — go for Rugged. This family of drives embraces a wide array of interface compatibilities so that you can edit, collaborate and share seamlessly.

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Spacious Hard Drives.
RAID Versatility.
Blazing-Fast SSDs.

Say goodbye to long, drawn out transfers. Rugged hard drives, RAID solutions, and SSDs are engineered with high capacity and high-speed performance so that you’re no longer at the time-stealing mercy of RAW image files and 4K video. Transfer, edit, and hit your deadlines — faster.

Encrypted Drives for Extra Protection.

Select Rugged drives are designed with the self-encrypting magic of Seagate Secure™ Technology — ensuring your ideas and hard work stay safe from unauthorised access and intellectual property theft.

Using a USB-C computer? This Rugged comes in both a high-capacity hard drive or blazing-fast SSD for your system.

LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt USB-C.

You have three options for connecting LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt USB-C to your computer:

• Thunderbolt

• USB 3.1 Gen 2 (USB-C)

• USB 3.0/USB 2.0 (USB Type A)

Additionally, LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt USB-C’s casing is lightweight for easy travel and it withstands bumps and drops of up to 2 meters. Professionals and enthusiasts can appreciate LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt USB-C’s durability while enjoying high-end performance when connected to a computer with Thunderbolt or USB 3.1 ports.

Cables and Connectors


LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt USB-C features an integrated Thunderbolt cable that connects directly to your computer. Thunderbolt technology supports two 10Gb/s bi-directional channels from a single port. At 10Gb/s, a full-length HD movie can be transferred in less than 30 seconds.

Thunderbolt cable

For ease of access, the Thunderbolt cable is integrated on LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt USB-C. Remove the interface cover and gently unwind the Thunderolt cable before attaching it to your computer.

Holding, dangling, or transporting Rugged Thunderbolt USB-C by its integrated cable is strongly discouraged. Doing so can invalidate the product warranty.

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Thunderbolt and Windows

Windows users must connect the product via USB and install drivers before using the Thunderbolt cable. See Getting Connected for details.


USB-C protocols

USB is a serial input/output technology for connecting peripheral devices to a computer. USB-C is the latest implementation of this standard and it provides higher bandwidth and new power management features.

USB-C supports many protocols:

  • Thunderbolt 3: transfer rates up to 40Gb/s
  • USB 3.1 Gen 2: transfer rates up to 10Gb/s
  • USB 3.1 Gen 1: transfer rates up to 5Gb/s
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0: transfer rates up to 5Gb/s
  • Hi-Speed USB 2.0: transfer rates up to 480Mb/s

The USB-C port on LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt USB-C is USB 3.1 Gen 2 for models shipped with SSDs. Models with hard drives are USB 3.1 Gen 1.

USB-C cables

Your LaCie hard drive is shipped with two cables for universal compatibility with all modern computers:

  • USB 3.1 Gen 2 (USB-C)
  • USB 3.1 Gen 2 (USB-C)–to–USB 3.0/2.0 (Type A)

For optimal transfer rates via USB, connect LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt USB-C to a USB 3.1 Gen 2 port on your computer. LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt USB-C also supports connections to computers with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports.

USB 3.1 (USB-C) cable

Use the USB-C cable to ensure maximum data transfer rates with compatible ports. Connecting your product is easy since the USB-C cable is identical on both ends. Further, the USB-C ports on your LaCie hard drive and computer are conveniently rounded to accept the cable end no matter how it is connected.

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USB 3.1 (USB-C)–to–USB 3.0/2.0 (Type A) cable

Use the USB 3.1 (USB-C)–to–USB 3.0/2.0 (Type A) cable for compatibility with computers that do not have a USB-C port. The USB-C end is connected to the LaCie hard drive and the Type A end is connected to the computer’s USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 Type A port.

Hard drive performance is limited to USB 3.0 transfer rates when connected to a USB 3.0 port and USB 2.0 transfer rates when connected to a USB 2.0 port

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Capacity: 2TB, 4TB, 5TB

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LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt USB-C