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Comparison of Seagate vs. Lacie External Hard Drives

written by: Nicholas•edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 4/27/2010

Both Seagate and Lacie make quality external hard drives. However, they both make some lemons as well. This article compares Seagate vs. Lacie to determine which brand of hard drive is best. Areas covered will be reliability, price, reviews, models, and more. Check out Seagate vs. Lacie.

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    Selection

    As far as Seagate vs. Lacie, both companies manufacture several different models of external hard drives. Check out the current hard drive ranges from both companies:

    Seagate

    • Seagate offers three different types of desktop external hard drives: FreeAgent Desktop, Replica, and Expansion Series.
    • Seagate also offers two different types of portable external hard drives: FreeAgent Go and Expansion Portable Series.

    Lacie

    • Lacie offers six different types of desktop external hard drives: Starck, Grand, Rugged XL, Quadra, Hard Disk, and Brick.
    • Lacie also offers eight different types of portable external hard drives: Rikiki, Starck Mobile, Petit, Rugged, Little Big Disk Quadra, Little Disk, Skwarim, and Little Disk Sam Hecht Edition.

    *All of the hard drives listed above are also available in different capacities.*

    Seagate vs. Lacie for Selection - *Lacie*

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    Pricing

    Seagate FreeAgent Desktop As far as Seagate vs. Lacie for pricing, both companies offer similar prices throughout all of their hard drives. One company is not cheaper than the other by a large margin. Here are some examples of Seagate vs. Lacie pricing.

    • One of Seagate's more popular desktop external hard drives is the Seagate FreeAgent Desktop. A 1TB FreeAgent Desktop runs $129.99 from Seagate.com.
    • One of Seagate's more popular portable external hard drives is the Seagate FreeAgent Go. A 500GB FreeAgent Go is listed at $99.99 from Seagate.com.

    • One of Lacie's more popular desktop external hard drives is the Lacie Hard Disk. A 1TB Lacie Hard Disk goes for $109.99 from Lacie.com.
    • One of Lacie's more popular portable external hard drives is the Lacie Rikiki. A 500GB Lacie Rikiki is listed at $104.00 from Lacie.com.

    The above price comparison is only an example of a couple of hard drives that each company sells. Upon reviewing the prices and capacities of the other external hard drives offered by both companies, there is not a significant price difference as far as Seagate capacity/price vs. Lacie capacity/price.

    Seagate vs. Lacie for Price and Bargain - *Tie*

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    Design

    LaCie Starck Design is one area where Seagate and Lacie differ from each other. Upon reviewing Seagate's entire hard drive lineup vs. Lacie's entire hard drive lineup, you will notice that the appearance of the external hard drives differs entirely.

    Seagate offers more traditional looking external hard drives, both portable and desktop based. Their hard drive selection is more casual looking, with good design and color selection. For example, the Seagate FreeAgent Go portable hard drive is available in over 10 different colors.

    Lacie offers a more unique looking hard drive line, both portable and desktop based. Their hard drive selection can best be described as 'artistic.' Many of their drives are oddly shaped, but stylish and neatly designed.

    As far as Seagate vs. Lacie for Design, Lacie is the winner due to originality. Lacie hard drives are unique, and don't look anything like the other external hard drives on the market.

    Seagate vs. Lacie for Design - *Lacie*

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    Conclusion

    Upon scanning sites like Amazon.com, Newegg.com, and TigerDirect.com, you will find that both Seagate and Lacie have similar customer satisfaction rates; and although neither company is anywhere close to having a perfect satisfaction rate, they are both top manufacturers in the external hard drive market. External hard drives are one PC component that tends to get lower customer ratings, no matter what brand it is.

    In the end it's a preference. These two brands are so close in pricing, that it's all going to come down to which hard drive you prefer. As far as uniqueness of product and selection, Lacie is the clear winner. Lacie's external hard drives are very artistic looking, and very different than any other hard drive manufacturer, not just Seagate.

    Seagate vs. Lacie Winner - *Lacie*