lacie external hard drive supported?

Chris Whitehouse cwhiteh at
Tue Sep 29 17:24:45 UTC 2009

Bill Campbell wrote:
> On Sun, Sep 27, 2009, Dan Nelson wrote:
>> In the last episode (Sep 26), Chris Whitehouse said:
>>> Hi all
>>> Does anyone have experience of a LaCie Hard Disk, Design by Neil Poulton
>>> eSATA, FireWire 400 & Hi-Speed USB 2.0 1TB ?
>>> Are all the interfaces supported? The data sheet says it is supported 
>>> under Linux. Does that mean it is safe to assume it is under FreeBSD?
>> In general, you can assume that any SATA/SAS/firewire/usb hard drive will be
>> supported.  The only thing that might not be supported is RAID array
>> management for the more expensive external units (you'll still be able to
>> acess the data though).
> The LaCie drives typically come with utilities to make them
> painless to use in a Mac OS X environment, but these can be
> removed easily of one doesn't want to use them on OS X.
> We are using a 1TB LaCie quadra on Macs, and use the commercial
> iPartition software which allows one to manipulate the boot
> information to switch between PPC Mac and Intel as well as to
> make a wide variety of partitions (even including Xenix if I
> remember correctly :-).  I haven't tried these with FreeBSD, but
> it appears that it would allow moving the drive between Macs and
> FreeBSD machines.
> I must say that I was impressed with the ability of iPartition
> and the commercial Mac SuperDuper backup program which allowed me
> to change the boot on the 1TB drive from booting on a PPC Mac to
> boot on an Intel without losing any data, and to resize existing
> partitions pretty painlessly as well.
> I use the word partition above in the Linux sense, which are
> generally referred to as slices in FreeBSD-land.
> Bill

Thanks very much for replies guys, sounds like it is safe to buy


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