The solid, relatively inexpensive LaCie d2 Safe is one of the few encrypted hard drives suitable for both Macs and PCs.

The LaCie d2 Safe fares well when tested against other encrypted portable hard drives.

The hefty LaCie d2 Safe drive features a fingerprint reader and can connect to your computer over FireWire 400 and 800 in addition to USB 2.0.

We found the LaCie d2 Safe's software setup more time-consuming than some others, but it has an obvious benefit: LaCie's built-in fingerprint software allows you to plug the drive into either a Mac OS system or a Windows box and to work in the encrypted partition.

The LaCie d2 Safe drive also features the sturdiest housing we've seen, plus a Kensington lock port so you can secure it to a desk.

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LaCie d2 Safe: Specs

  • 1000GB
  • 7200rpm
  • USB, Firewire
  • Windows 2000, Windows XP, Mac OS 10.2 or higher
  • USB, Firewire
  • Windows 2000, Windows XP, Mac OS 10.2 or higher
  • 44x160x173mm
  • 1500g
  • 1000GB
  • 7200rpm
  • USB, Firewire
  • Windows 2000, Windows XP, Mac OS 10.2 or higher
  • USB, Firewire
  • Windows 2000, Windows XP, Mac OS 10.2 or higher
  • 44x160x173mm
  • 1500g

OUR VERDICT

With a very rugged cast-aluminum case, integrated fingerprint reader and FireWire, the LaCie d2 Safe is a solid proposition - although that solidity does make it tend toward being a bit heavy.

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