As soon as I plugged in the drive, I was presented with the drive setup application. Getting through the Intro and the License Agreement (yes the LA is for the formatting app), I was presented with 2 formatting options. To format the drive to be used as a storage device or to use the drive as an OS drive. After choosing the former option I the application proceeded to formatting the drive. Following the formatting, I was presented with the “Finished” menu and the drive was no accessible.
After a bit of snooping around in the newly installed partition I came across Lacie.exe. This software contained a basic user interface to access the documentation provided with the drive. The app also come with shortcuts to an Adobe Reader 8.0 Installation (for reading the manuals) and the Genie Back Up assistant. While both of these are free and available from Lacie web site, including a copy of these is a very user friendly gesture, especially for those users who are not computer savvy.
Another thing that greatly peaked my was an online link to an Online Storage Web service Wuala by Lacie. Lacie offers free online storage with that maps into your computer as a networked drive. The service is completely free up to 5 GB with unlimited download/upload. Not many web sites offer this kind of service completely free especially without limits. What is even more interesting is that on can trade their own local space for Wuala space depending on how long your computer is online and how much space you are willing to trade. Registering with Wuala and entering the hard drive’s serial number augments the capacity by an additional 5 GB which makes the deal that much sweeter.