Lacie Rugged SSD New Releases! Water DUNK Test - Review

Lacie Rugged SSD New Releases! Water DUNK Test - Review

New releases from Lacie with their rugged External SSD Storage. Options will be 1TB - 2TB with USB 3.1 or Thunderbolt3 plus the new Lacie Rugged Boss 1TB. Which one will survive going underwater?!

LaCie STJB1000800 1TB Rugged BOSS SSD

LaCie STHR500800 500GB Rugged SSD

LaCie STHR1000800 1TB Rugged SSD

LaCie STHR2000800 2TB Rugged SSD

LaCie STHZ1000800 1TB Rugged SSD Pro Thunderbolt 3

LaCie STHZ2000800 2TB Rugged SSD Pro Thunderbolt 3

Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

Fujinon MK18-55mm T2.9 Lens (MFT Mount)


Hey, everyone. Joel Wallis here. So, today I'm going to show you the new line for LaCie, their rugged SSDs. This is the BOSS, the USB-C, and the new Thunderbolt 3 SSD rugged drive. You might be asking me, why do I have a bowl of water near these electronics? Well, a couple of these hard drives are actually water-resistant, and we're going to be doing a dunk test to see if they can survive water, and we're going to do a speed test here on the computer to see how fast these drives are.

And I'm going to go through also too with the BOSS, and I'm going to show you how this can be used to transfer your footage out in the field as well as you can use a CFast 2.0 card with a card reader to be able to transfer your media over to the BOSS. So, let's jump on in. All right, so let's check out these drives, and then we'll do a water test on these two rugged SSDs.

So, a really cool feature with the BOSS is this guy is a 1TB SSD hard drive. It is water-resistant, but it is not waterproof. We can't dunk this one underneath water, but it can handle the extreme conditions. So, a really cool feature with this is you can actually take this drive and a card reader.

Now, not all card readers will work with this. There are certain ones that will work. I've already found that the Atomos, their CFast reader, will work with this. So, alls we'll need to do is plug this guy in. Then we can take our CFast card. So, I have here, this is the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K. I've got the Fujinon, their 18-55 MFT lens here, and then I also have a Tilta cage on this guy.

So, we'll take our CFast. We shot some footage earlier on, and so this is a 128-gigabyte card, and we can just take this, and we can actually drop this in. So, it's pretty straightforward with this. We can actually go in and just say copy, and it's going to take all the 128 gigs that we've shot on here, and it's going to transfer it on over, and now it's going to do its thing.

So, while that's transferring, I'm going to show you these drives. So, starting off with the Thunderbolt 3, this can transfer data speeds up to 2,800 megabytes per second. I did test this out with the Blackmagic Pocket 4K to see if it would be able to record to it. Unfortunately, I don't believe the camera handles Thunderbolt 3, so I wasn't able to get this to work with it.

But what's really cool is with the USB version, this one comes in several different flavors, but this one is a 2TB. I was able to connect this up with the Blackmagic Pocket 4K and was able to record for two hours and no issues, and that was in the raw. So, it was a really cool drive. I know it's not on the Blackmagic supported list, but I have confirmed and was successful recording the two hours of footage onto this drive.

Another really cool fact that a lot of people don't know about with the LaCie hard-drives and it's not on every single one of them, but it is with these ruggeds, is that you'll get a five-year warranty. And what that will cover with it is let's just say you broke one of these hard drives or you accidentally cleared out the hard drive, you formatted it and all the information is no longer there, and you're like, "Oh, my gosh.I shouldn't have done that."

What's really cool is you get a one time deal with LaCie that you could actually send this in, and they will go and recover the media for you. It's not guaranteed, but typically they can do it 9 out of 10. All right, so now we got our CFast card transferred over. Here on the drive, it says "copy done" and also says "copy complete" on the app. Now, you can transfer your CFast card directly to the drive.

You don't need to use your phone to make this happen. I just have the phone connected just because it gives more of a visual to be able to see what's going on here. We can also go in USB-C. We also have an SD card slot that we can plug-in here to transfer, and this will actually charge your phone or another device if you needed to basically use this as a power bank.

And again, the whole cool purpose with this hard drive is that there's no computer needed whatsoever to make this happen of transferring off your footage. So, now we have underneath the backups, now we have all of our files that were on the CFast. Now, they're all onto this drive, so pretty cool. Now, the battery life with the BOSS, it will last a full terabyte transfer, so if you had a terabyte of footage you're transferring over, that battery will cover you to get you through the full terabyte with that.

All right. Now, for what everyone has been waiting for, the water test. So, this still feels really weird to put a hard drive underwater, and it's just still something just...It's all in our nature with electronics is just water and electronics don't play nicely. So, let's quit talking about it and dunk these guys. Underwater they go.

So, we'll let it sit for about a minute, and we'll come back and check it out and see if they still work by connecting it up to the computer. All right, so that's been about a minute. I don't see any bubbles coming out, meaning that they are secure. There's no leaks or anything in them. So, let's go ahead, and we'll go ahead and pull these out of the water. And the major thing that you want to do before you even plug these into a computer or into your camera is you want to make sure that they get dried off.

So, what we're going to want to do is go ahead and take a can of air, and we'll just blow out the ports just to make sure there's no water in there. We have our Apple Computer. We're going to run a speed test with these drives, and this is using the Blackmagic speed test app.

And we'll go ahead and plug in the USB-C, and we'll wait for it to pop up for the hard drive. See if it still works. That has been underwater, I have faith but water and electronics, again, they don't mix, but we'll see. There it is. So, it just popped up, and let's go ahead into our Blackmagic app, and we'll go ahead and select the target drive we want to test.

And we'll go to here, Open, and Start the Test. So, this one is coming in, write speed, 916, and read speed is 907. Now, the manufacturer specs did say up to 950 megabytes, so we're pretty close.

I know that for a lot of drives, it's pretty much at the max is what they say for, like, marketing- wise, and then a lot of the times the real results come in just a hair under. We will see some fluctuations with the drive going back and forth as it keeps retesting it, but on average, it's going to be about sitting into that realm.

Let's go ahead, and we'll plug in the Thunderbolt 3 and see what kind of speeds we get out of this and if it still survived the water test. All right, so we just got the Thunderbolt 3 hard drive. It did survive the water. So, let's go ahead and do the speed test. These specs said, for this one, it can transfer data up to 2,800 megabytes.

All right, so it looks like average-wise, we're getting write speed at 1,780-ish for the write, and then read speed, we're getting about 2,166. Again, the manufacturer puts out up to, that's the maximum that it did when they did their testings with it, but on the average, this is going to be true of what you'll be getting for transfer speeds.

Well, that wraps it up for the video today on the new LaCie rugged SSD hard drives. I'll put the links down below for all of these hard drives if you want to preorder yours today. You can use Joel vid gear discount coupon code. I'll put that down in the description as well. You could save some money at checkout when you order from And be sure to like, subscribe, and follow.

Thank you, guys.

30th Sep 2019 Joel Wallis

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