Rugged Mobile Storage

STEP 1 — Connect the USB cable

Before connecting the LaCie device, confirm the USB port on your computer. Your LaCie device is shipped with two cables (see LED Indicator and Cables):

  • USB-C–to–USB-C: use this cable if your computer has a USB-C port.
  • USB-C–to–USB 3.0/2.0 Type A: use this cable if your computer does not have USB-C port.
  1. Connect the cable to the USB-C port on the back of the LaCie Porsche Design Mobile hard drive.
  2. Connect the other end of the cable to your computer.
  • The image below shows a connection to a computer with a USB-C port.
  • The image below shows a connection to a computer with a USB 3.0/2.0 Type A port.

The drive partition LaCie Setup mounts on your desktop (Mac) or in Computer (Windows).

  Note: If the drive does not mount on your computer, see troubleshooting topics in the Frequently asked questions section to help resolve common issues.

Eco tab

By default, your drive enters Eco mode after five minutes of inactivity in order to conserve energy. To exit Eco mode, access data on the drive and the disk automatically powers on.

You can manage this feature using LaCie Desktop Manager in the Eco tab.

Windows: deselect box for Automatic Standby due to Inactivity to turn off Eco mode or select a period of inactivity after which the drive enters Eco mode.

Mac: Mac OS manages Eco Mode. You can click Energy Saver Settings to enter the System Preferences. Select “Put the hard disk(s) to sleep when possible” to conserve energy.


Click the LaCie Desktop Manager icon in the menu bar and then select Preferences. In the window that opens, click Uninstall LaCie Desktop Manager.

STEP 2 — LaCie Setup Assistant

LaCie Setup Assistant must be launched before using your drive. It will allow you to:

  • Easily format the hard drive according to your needs.
  • Copy the user manual to the hard drive.
  • Install software for added features.
  • Register your LaCie device.

  Important info: If you do not launch LaCie Setup Assistant or if you quit it after the formatting has begun, your drive will not be ready to use and will require manual formatting. Additionally, the user manual and utilities will not be available and must be downloaded from the LaCie customer support.

Open the LACIE SETUP volume on your desktop and then double click LaCie Setup.

Launch LaCie Setup Assistant — Windows

AutoPlay: Windows AutoPlay may detect your LaCie hard drive as soon as it is connected to your computer. If the AutoPlay window appears, choose Open folder to view files using Windows Explorer and double-click LaCie Setup.

Manual access: open the LACIE SETUP volume in Computer and double-click LaCie Setup.

LaCie Setup Assistant steps

Follow the steps below to format your LaCie device for your operating system. LaCie Setup Assistant guides you through formatting and registering your hard drive as well as installing LaCie software utilities.

You can also use your system’s native disk utility program to format or partition your LaCie drive. If you use the disk utility, you can download software utilities and the user manual from LaCie customer support.

  Important info for Mac users: You may be prompted to enter your computer password to continue with LaCie Setup Assistant.

  Important info for Windows users: While running LaCie Setup Assistant, generic pop-up windows may ask if you wish to change your computer’s settings. This is a normal request when formatting a disk or installing certain software, such as Genie Timeline. To successfully complete LaCie Setup Assistant, LaCie recommends that you agree to change the settings.

  1. Select your language.
  2. Read the license agreement before choosing Next. Selecting Next confirms that you accept the license agreement.
  3. Use the slider to partition your LaCie hard drive. There are two options for partitions:
    • LaCie Share: formatted as FAT32 for compatibility with Windows and Mac.
    • LaCie: formatted for your operating system, NTFS for Windows or HFS+ for Mac.

    Move the slider to the left to reduce the size of the LaCie Share partition. If you do not want the LaCie Share volume, move the slider all the way to the left.

  4. A prompt alerts you that the disk will be formatted. Select Yes to continue. LaCie Setup Assistant formats the hard drive.
  5. Register your LaCie device.
  6. Choose the software utilities that you want to install. Certain software utilities may begin to install before LaCie Setup Assistant has finished. Follow the software utility installer before completing LaCie Setup Assistant. If you do not install software utilities during this step, you can return to LaCie Setup Assistant at any time.
  7. LaCie Setup Assistant provides a summary of the installation. Choose Finish to close the program.

To install software utilities after the initial installation, you can run LaCie Setup Assistant again. Since the format is complete you are only prompted to choose software utilities. LaCie Setup Assistant is available on:

  • LaCie Share: if you created two partitions
  • LaCie: if you created one partition

Info tab

LaCie Desktop Manager shows all compatible connected LaCie devices on the left-hand column. Choose the drive you want to view and click the Info tab. On this page you can review advanced information about your drive such as device name, the internal hard disk serial number (not the LaCie product serial number), available capacity, connection type, etc.

You can also reformat the drive by clicking Reformat. LaCie Desktop Manager directs you to your operating system’s disk utility. For information on how to format your hard drive using the disk utility, see Optional Formatting and Partitioning.

  Caution: Formatting the hard drive deletes all of its data. If you have information that you want to protect or continue to use, back up the data on the hard drive before formatting it.

Install LaCie Desktop Manager

To confirm that LaCie Desktop Manager is already installed on your computer, check the following:

  • Windows: go to Search and type LaCie Desktop Manager. If it appears, you can skip the installation steps.
  • Mac: go to Go > Applications and look for LaCie Desktop Manager. If it appears, you can skip the installation steps.

If you do not have LaCie Desktop Manager, follow the instructions below to install it:

  1. In a Windows Explorer window or on the Mac desktop, double click the LaCie hard drive partition with LaCie Setup Assistant. The original partition name can be LaCie Share or LaCie. If you have changed the names of your partitions, perform a search on the partitions using your operating system.
  2. Open the folder LaCie Setup.
  3. Double click LaCie Setup to launch the installer.
  4. Select your language.
  5. Read the license agreement before choosing Next. Selecting Next confirms that you accept the license agreement.
  6. Register your LaCie device if you have not already registered it.
  7. Select LaCie Desktop Manager to install the software and complete the setup.

The installer for LaCie Desktop Manager is also available at LaCie customer support.

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