Review of the LaCie 1TB Porsche Design Mobile Drive P’9220

For our next review we take a look at the 1TB Porsche Design Mobile Drive P’9220 external hard drive from LaCie.

This is how LaCie describe the P’9220:

The LaCie Porsche Design P’9220 mobile hard drive is more than just a place to store your files-it’s a collaboration between one of the most renowned design firms in the world and LaCie. With the P’9220, we’ve combined speed, design, and technology to result in a different breed of mobile drive.

LaCie first partnered with Porsche Design in 2003 to produce one of the most iconic and enduringly popular external hard drives on the market. Since then the two companies have worked closely to create products that blend flawless functionality and pure design. The luxury brand and the leading technology company complement each other, with technical influence from LaCie, together with an exclusive and timeless shape presented by Porsche Design.

Safe, Strong, and Aluminum Porsche Design is known worldwide for their sophisticated, timeless creations, and the P’9220 is no exception. With 3mm of strong aluminum casing surrounding the drive inside, you can be sure that your data is solidly protected. LaCie and Porsche Design worked together to combine form and function-resulting in a mobile drive that looks great (and works great)-no matter where you take it.


What’s in the Box?

Apart from the P9220, the box contains a USB 3.0 cable and a quick start guide.


A Closer Look


Using the P9220

When you connect the drive to your computer it is automatically recognised, but it still needs some preparation.

If you run the Setup Assistant you can configure the partition sizes on the drive and choose what type of computer (Windows, Mac, Linux) you want to use it with. You could of course just format the drive yourself, but then you wouldn’t get access to the additional software that is then available to you.


You can then choose to view the manuals or access additional software if you need to.


You can also set up an encrypted volume on the drive using the Private-Public application and working through the wizards.

Performance Testing

We put the drive through our usual barrage of performance tests.


HD Tune Pro

Final Thoughts

The drive looks very sleek and very cool, which is exactly what you would expect with the Porsche Design name on it!

It is very light-weight so carrying it around in your bag, or even your pocket is certainly an option. If you do carry it around though and you want to take files you wouldn’t want anyone else seeing, we would certainly recommend using the Private-Public software that LaCie provide to create an encrypted partition and store those file there. Better to be safe than sorry!

The drive is very quiet as well, and did I mention how good it looks?

Cost wise, the retail price for the 1TB is £129.99 and the 500MB is £84.99, but as usual look around for the best deals.

Learn more from the LaCie website