Originally Posted by the_stranger
I am thinking of buying this drive and I read some reviews saying it is slow. Since you are saying its faster than the ipod in your car, I think I will get it. I will only use it in my car, the rest wont matter for me. It is not that expensive either. Its about $ 90.
As a hard drive its very, very slow since it runs at 3600RPM instead of 5400 or 7200RPM. For use with 6FL however, this is your best friend. BMW does not recommend hard drives because they mostly don't work. USB is limited to 500mA and it is possible that the BMW implementation does not quite support that. When the hard drive spins up it draws a lot of power, usually causing the 6FL port to blow chunks. The LaCie unit takes less power spinning up and keeps the 6FL USB port happy.
I have the LaCie unit. It works great and as X said it is just as fast as a flash drive