LaCie Rugged BOSS SSD User Manuals
LaCie Rugged BOSS SSD User Manuals

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Cloning LaCie Rugged BOSS SSD

Clone setting

Newer versions of the LaCie BOSS app include the clone feature. You can review step-by-step instructions and clone details in Settings > Clone Rugged BOSS SSD.


The clone feature provides a simple way to back up content stored on your Rugged BOSS SSD. A clone is ideal if the space on Rugged BOSS SSD is running low or you prefer to keep your media on several storage devices for protection. The first time it is run, a clone backs up all files stored on Rugged BOSS SSD to another storage device. Subsequent clones to the same storage device only back up new files added to Rugged BOSS SSD. Connecting a different storage device for cloning will initiate a full backup.

Rules for cloning

Cloning Rugged BOSS SSD requires ample storage space and demands a good amount of power. Review the following rules for cloning to get started:

  • The target storage device must have available capacity greater than Rugged BOSS SSD. It cannot be equal to or less than Rugged BOSS SSD. For example, if your Rugged BOSS SSD has 1TB of storage, the storage device must be greater than 1TB.
  • The target storage device must be connected to Rugged BOSS SSD’s USB Type A port. The USB-C port on Rugged BOSS SSD is only for computer connections and cannot be used for cloning.
  • Rugged BOSS SSD must be connected to its power supply and the power supply must be connected to an active outlet. Cloning can take time which will drain the battery. Therefore, the power supply must be connected to launch a clone.
  • You must use the LaCie BOSS app to initiate the first clone. Subsequent clones to the same storage device can be initiated via the hardware button on Rugged BOSS SSD. Even though the LCD prompt shows "Copy?", Rugged BOSS SSD recalls if a drive has been assigned as a clone target. Applying a short press to agree to the prompt will initiate a clone if the connected drive is a clone drive.
 Note—When cloning large amounts of data, Rugged BOSS SSD can become hot due to longer copy times. Always keep Rugged BOSS SSD in a cool environment when cloning.

Performing a clone

Using the rules above as your guidelines, follow the prompts in the LaCie BOSS app.

Designating a clone drive

Upon following the cloning rules listed above, Rugged BOSS SSD prompts you to designate the drive as a clone drive. Once designated as a clone, the drive will no longer be prompted for copies. This is meant for your convenience since it would be unfortunate to connect a storage device used as a clone and then accidentally copy all of its files to Rugged BOSS SSD. Further, after the first clone, you can connect the clone drive to Rugged BOSS SSD and then push the button at the “Copy?” prompt on the LCD. Since it has already been used as a clone drive, Rugged BOSS SSD will automatically clone new files to the storage device. It will not copy files to Rugged BOSS SSD.

Removing the clone drive designation

If you no longer want to use a storage device as a clone drive, you can change the designation in the BOSS app.

  1. Connect the clone drive to Rugged BOSS SSD.
  2. Launch LaCie BOSS on your mobile device.
  3. Open the menu drawer on the left.
  4. Apply a long push on the drive.
  5. Tap Disable clone drive.

Alternatively, you can tap the More menu on the right and choose Disable clone drive.

While the storage device is no longer designated as a clone drive, disabling clone drive does not delete the files that have been backed up.

Clone drive directories

The target clone drive has a clone folder that organizes backups by the dates performed. If files on Rugged BOSS SSD are deleted or altered subsequent to the previous clone, the original versions are moved to a folder called Archive.