LaCie Rikiki hard drive review: LaCie Rikiki hard drive

The drive automatically launches the LaCie setup assistant when you plug it into your computer for the first time. This application gives you a brief overview of the different partition and formatting types, including NTFS, HFS+, and FAT32. It then formats the drive according to your needs. The drive also includes a copy of the Genie Backup Assistant, a simple backup tool that uses folder-based backup and incremental restoration points to keep your data safe. Mac OS and 64-bit Windows users are out of luck, as the software only works with Windows 2000, XP (32- and 64-bit), and 32-bit Windows Vista.

Cost per gigabyte
The Rikiki is available in three capacities: a 250GB version for $75; the 500GB model for $105; and the 640GB for $130. Using our 500GB test drive, we calculate the cost to be 21 cents per gigabyte--which is far below the average cost for an external hard drive. As you can see in the chart below, the Rikiki earns the lowest cost per gigabyte by a 6-cent margin.

Cost per gigabyte

Performance
As always, we performed a simple data transfer test and compared the LaCie with four external drives in a similar price range. According to our stopwatches, the Rikiki drive read data at 25.12MBps and wrote data at 23.26MBps, just a little slower than the Transcend StoreJet 25f, but that's not to say that the drive is slow.

A simple numbers comparison shows that the differences are so minor that you most likely won't be able to tell unless you're transferring a 10GB or larger file.

Speed test via USB (in megabits per second)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Read  
Write  
LaCie Rikiki
25.12 
23.26 
Transcend StoreJet 25F
27.5 
24.3 
Fujitsu HandyDrive
27.9 
22.5 
Hitachi SimpleTough
28.6 
22.3 
G-Tech G-Drive Mobile USB
30.72 
24.45 

Service and support
LaCie backs the Rikiki hard drive with a two-year warranty that covers parts and labor. LaCie offers telephone support weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. PT, but requires a tool to connect. You can also create a support ticket on the LaCie Web site. A two-year warranty is acceptable for an external hard drive, but we always prefer three years to ensure the physical integrity of a portable device made to withstand the abuse of daily transport.

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  • Hard Drive Type external hard drive
  • Interface Type Hi-Speed USB
  • Capacity 500 GB
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