LaCie Introduces Two USB 3.0 Hard Drives: 2big and d2

Just a few days ago, the USB-IF proclaimed that 100 devices had been certified for use with USB 3.0. Now it looks like they won't have long before reaching their next milestone. LaCie, a leader in the storage industry with a knack for designing stylish drives that look quite a bit better than anything else in the sector, has just introduced two new products that incorporate the fastest version of USB.


The first is the 2big USB 3.0, which a twin drive device that holds two 7200RPM hard drives and offers users the security of RAID with up to 4TB of space. It uses the company's familiar matte silver finish and promises to transfer information at up to 205MB/sec. The next device is the single drive d2 USB 3.0; this is the same d2 that has been around for years, but with a USB 3.0 port on the rear and transfer rates nearing 200MB/sec.


Both devices are on sale now in a variety of sizes, with prices starting at $149.99.


LaCie Introduces World’s First USB 3.0 RAID Storage

LaCie today announced the availability of the first RAID storage solution to incorporate the new USB 3.0 technology – the LaCie 2big USB 3.0. In addition to the 2big USB 3.0, LaCie also announces the availability of its award-winning single-disk professional solution with a USB 3.0 port – the LaCie d2 USB 3.0.

Developed for professionals who require high capacity and fast transfer speeds, the LaCie 2big USB 3.0 offers the highest performances ever achieved in a USB 3.0 external storage solution, up to 205MB/s – setting a new standard in the market.

The LaCie 2big USB 3.0 is available in up to a 4TB capacity, allowing users to store and transfer large files without waiting. In fact, you can transfer a 50GB Blu-ray disk in less than five minutes, which is six times faster than USB 2.0. The 2big USB 3.0 is backward compatible with USB 2.0, making it dependable for transfers with any workstation.

The 2big USB 3.0 includes two 7200 rpm hot-swappable hard disks and features three RAID modes for performance and security. Choose the “Fast” mode (RAID 0) to enjoy the full speed and capacity of the 2big USB 3.0, or choose the “Safe” mode (RAID 1) for full data protection against disk failure. A JBOD mode is also available for users willing to mount the two disks separately for scheduled backups using the included LaCie Backup software for Mac or PC.

“We are proud to announce the first RAID storage solution to fully leverage the performance of the USB 3.0 interface,” said Clement Barberis, Product Manager for LaCie’s Professional Desktop Solutions department. “Developed for users that require sizeable data flow, such as print professionals, recording engineers, and video producers, the 2big USB 3.0 allows them to take advantage of high capacities while delivering industry-leading transfer speeds.”

In addition to its award-winning fanless and ultra-quiet heat sink design, the LaCie 2big USB 3.0 provides advanced power management through customizable sleep and deep sleep modes – making it efficient and eco-friendly.

Availability
The LaCie 2big USB 3.0 comes with capacities up to 4TB, 3-Year Warranty and Advance Care Option and is available through the LaCie Online Store, LaCie Reseller+, and LaCie Storage Partner starting at $349.99. For more product information, visit www.lacie.com.

About Neil Poulton
Neil Poulton was born in Thurso, Scotland. A graduate in Industrial Design from Edinburgh University and Milan's Domus Academy, Poulton first came into public view in 1989 as the creator of "the ageing pens,” pens made from a "living," wearing plastic that changes color and form with use. Today, Neil Poulton designs and develops best-selling, award-winning products for a variety of international clients including LaCie & Artemide. Since 1991, Poulton has lived and worked in Paris, France. www.neilpoulton.com

About LaCie
With operations in the Americas, Europe and Asia, LaCie is the leading manufacturer of storage devices for PC, Apple® and Linux. LaCie has differentiated itself through sleek design and remarkable technical performance. Find out more about our products at www.lacie.com
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Comments
animatortom 4 years ago

That is pretty nice and I could use one! But at current TB prices? That 4TB drive should be the one that is 149. Then it would make sense. Or for that price they should just sell a six bay bare drive case.

We would be kinda better off getting two 2TB drives and putting them in the case, since most people who would use this would have a big enough gaming case that could handle it.

I predict we will see these at Fry's for aboot $175 in Jan 2011 :P

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