PROS / The preloaded software allows you to use 10GB of cloud storage.
CONS / There aren't any built-in diagnostics.
VERDICT / LaCie's collaboration with Porsche created a beautiful external hard drive, but there are a few things to consider before this drive's metaphorical wheels hit the road.
With the LaCie Porsche Design series, LaCie worked with Porsche to develop an external hard drive that not only functions superbly, but is also aesthetically pleasing. As nice as the Porsche Design looks, it has several drawbacks to consider, one of which is the lack of a sleep mode. This isn't the very best desktop external hard drive, but it's a strong competitor.
The Porsche Design makes backing up your important data relatively easy. You can rest easy because with syncing and scheduled backups, your data will always be safe. Still, it's often recommended that you have important files saved in three different locations. That's where LaCie's Wuala secure cloud storage comes into play. With the cloud, you can take advantage of 10GB of storage, essentially giving you a backup for your backup.
The Porsche Design comes in terabyte increments from 3TB to 5TB. It also uses a USB 3.0 interface to transfer data. This desktop external hard disk's LED bar changes from blue to white based on disk activity, and it's quite striking. You won't find a better-looking external hard drive.
More software is included with your Porsche Design, and it's called Private-Public. This part of the software suite is very effective in securing your external hard drive. You can set a password and take advantage of the AES 256-bit encryption as soon as you plug the drive into your computer. This being one of LaCie's best hard drives, we were disappointed that it doesn't have a security slot. It's a small thing, but it can greatly contribute to your peace of mind – especially if the hard drive is in an area with a lot of foot traffic.
The LaCie Porsche Design is the cream of the crop when it comes to the appearance of desktop external hard drives. If it had somewhat stronger security options and a sleep mode, this would rank as one of the best external hard drives. The Porsche Design series of desktop external hard drives is a solid option, but a few competitors offer better options.