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LaCie is basically a fancy case around a regular WD hard drive. They are good quality, but you can get similar protection with a padded or hardshell case for your drive(s).
I’m sorry you lost so much data, that’s rough. I used to build custom unRAID servers for this purpose, but of course they aren’t very portable (I built one with a handle, but it still weighed over 50 lbs!). My suggestion would be to get two of any modern external drive and keep your data backed up to both as much as possible. It is a headache, sure, but no single external hard drive can provide a true backup, your data should be in at least 2, preferably 3 places (i.e. two externals and cloud, or two externals and your editing machine’s internal drives).
My editing machine has very little internal storage, so I carry around two 3 TB WD portable drives, one is primarily photos and the other primarily video. I also carry a 240 GB SSD in an external enclosure that I use as a scratch disk when needed, but don’t consider it a backup (flash media should not be used as a backup device). Finally, all of my data is backed up to my unRAID server whenever possible, as well as my 1 TB Dropbox account whenever bandwidth allows.