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+====== Getting Connected ======
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+Setting up the LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt is easy thanks to LaCie Setup Assistant. Follow the steps in the order they are given to ensure that your LaCie Rugged’s volume mounts correctly on your computer.
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+===== Thunderbolt and Windows =====
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+<note important>​**Important info:** Thunderbolt technology is compatible with Windows 7 and Windows 8. Windows requires drivers to use the Thunderbolt port. It is recommended that you connect the product to a host computer via USB and run LaCie Setup Assistant (see [[connection#​step-2-launch-lacie-setup-assistant|Step 2 - Launch LaCie Setup Assistant]]). Once LaCie Setup Assistant is finished, disconnect the LaCie Rugged (see [[unmounting|]]) from the USB port and install the Thunderbolt drivers for Windows (see [[drivers|]]). You can connect via the Thunderbolt interface once the drivers are installed.</​note>​
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+===== STEP 1 - Connect the interface cable =====
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+The LaCie Rugged can be connected to your PC or Mac using the integrated Thunderbolt cable or the included USB 3.0 cable. However, it is not possible to use both interfaces at the same time. Follow the steps below:
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+  - Remove the cover by placing your index finger on its right edge and gently prying it open. \\ {{:​products:​rugged-thunderbolt-usb3:​rugged-thunderbolt-connection-01.jpg?​300|}} \\ \\
+  - Connect the LaCie Rugged to your computer.
+    * Thunderbolt:​ Gently unwind the integrated Thunderbolt cable before connecting it to your computer. \\ {{:​products:​rugged-thunderbolt-usb3:​rugged-thunderbolt-connection-02.png?​500|}} \\ \\
+    * USB 3.0: Use the included USB 3.0 cable. The interface and cable are also compatible with USB 2.0. \\ {{:​products:​rugged-thunderbolt-usb3:​rugged-thunderbolt-connection-03.png?​500|}} \\ \\
+  - The drive will mount in Computer/​This PC (Windows XP), Computer (Vista, Windows 7 or later) or on your desktop (Mac).
+  - Thunderbolt connection only: Replace the cover on the rear of the LaCie Rugged. Doing so will maintain the LaCie Rugged’s IP 54 rating.
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+<​note>​**Note:​** If the drive does not mount on your computer, see troubleshooting topics at [[help|]].</​note>​
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+===== STEP 2 - Launch LaCie Setup Assistant =====
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+{{page>:​en:​static:​lsa-3:​standard}}
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+If you formatted your drive using a disk utility and you need access to software utilities or the user manual, see [[help]].
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+===== Unmounting the Drive =====
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+In order to avoid file system corruption, it is important to unmount your drive before turning it off or disconnecting the interface cable. See [[unmounting|]] for details.