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So you went and bought yourself a laptop with a fancy pants USB-C port, now what? Unfortunately accessory and peripheral makers seem to be dragging their collective feet releasing compatible devices, though understandably so with USB Type-A ports by far the dominant standard. However, do not lose hope, USB-C devices are coming. Need proof? Check out LaCie's newest Rugged portable drive solution. Wrapped in a tough orange shell, the new "LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt USB-C" (not the sexiest product name in the world) trades a micro USB port for a USB-C port so that users can connect the drive to USB 3.0-compatible computers as well as to USB-C Thunderbolt 3 models. It also features an integrated Thunderbolt... Read more...
When it comes to storage excess, there are few companies that regularly come out with outrageous “museum ready” external hard drives like the folks from LaCie. Look no further than the company’s Sphre, Mirror and Chromé. The company does, however, also have plenty of professional-level storage solutions, which is the topic of discussion today. The company today announced its 12big Thunderbolt 3, which is a 12-bay RAID enclosure the supports up to 96TB of data. While most business and enterprise customers are moving to SSDs for the best balance of performance and power savings, the 12big makes use of twelve, enterprise-class 7200rpm Seagate hard drives with 256MB of cache each. In a RAID 5 configuration,... Read more...
Computer parts don't have to look geeky or boring. Few companies know this better than LaCie, which has a history of dressing up external storage devices in spiffy digs. Adding to its portfolio of fancy storage devices is its new Chromé, which is not to be confused with anything having to do with Google. The Chromé is a desktop storage accessory that packs a pair of 500 gigabyte M.2 SATA solid state drives in RAID 0. That gives users a total of 1-terabyte of blazing fast storage, and to keep the interface from being a bottleneck, LaCie equipped the Chromé with a USB 3.1 Gen 2 port with a Type-C connector. LaCie's decision to use Gen 2 is an important distinction. There's... Read more...
Apple announced its uber-thin MacBook yesterday to much fanfare. The device measures just 13.1mm at its thickest point and tips that scales at drool-worthy two pounds. Apple even managed to throw in a Retina display, “all-day battery life,” and Intel’s power efficient Core M processor that doesn’t require a fan. But in Apple’s never-ending quest to make all of its devices as thin as possible, it gave up all traditional ports including Thunderbolt 2, USB 3.0, and HDMI — it even had to forgo the SD slot. In its place is a solitary USB-C type connector. And wouldn’t you know it, just a day after the new MacBook announcement, Seagate and LaCie have stepped in with the first device that will fill... Read more...
Since when is an external hard drive solution a decorative desk piece? Since now, apparently -- Seagate's premium owned LaCie division today unveiled the LaCie Mirror portable hard drive that comes completely encased in scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass. It also comes with an ebony wooden base, which might seem odd for an external drive, though this is one of those cases where it would be a shame to keep it out of sight. The LaCie Mirror is a signature piece designed in collaboration with French designer Pauline Deltour. It's also functional -- inside the Mirror sits a 1TB hard drive for backup chores. Data transfers take place over USB 3.0, provided you have a USB 3.0 port on your PC.... Read more...
LaCie is in the process of informing its customers that any purchases made on the company's website within the last year could be compromised. The even scarier part about this is that the suspected data breach could have went on longer -- maybe much longer -- if the FBI didn't inform LaCie last month that it had reason to believe a person used malware to gain access to information from customer transactions made from March 27, 2013 to March 10, 2014. Everything about this situation is disturbing. There's the fact that this went on for so long unbeknownst to LaCie, and also that after being alerted to the situation on March 19, 2014, LaCie waited almost an entire month to let affected customers... Read more...
Seagate’s LaCie brand has boldly laid claim to the distinction of having the world’s fastest portable external storage solution with its Thunderbolt 2-equipped Little Big Disk. LaCie says that the unit can rock speeds of up to 1,375MBps. (Note that’s megabytes, not megabits.) The Little Big Disk is outfitted with two 500GB PCIe Gen 2 SSDs in RAID 0, and LaCie says that the solution is ideal for 4K video editing, with the ability to transfer 300GB of 4K footage in under three minutes. A big selling point for the Little Big Disk is the ability to daisy chain it with other units, thanks to the two Thunderbolt 2 ports. This makes the solution scalable in terms of capacity and can... Read more...
Storage products maker LaCie is claiming an industry-first 5TB 7200 RPM hard drive, and it’s deploying the spacious HDD in several Thunderbolt-equipped devices. “Increasingly larger file formats for film and photography have driven the demand for more storage capacity,” reads a LaCie press release. “The availability of 5TB hard drives enables LaCie to deliver significantly more storage capacity in its same compact desktop designs.” The LaCie 5big Thunderbolt Series, 2big Thunderbolt Series, and the d2 Thunderbolt Series, as well as the LaCie 2big Quadra and d2 Quadra products, are all loaded with the big HDD, which gives LaCie a range of devices that scales to a... Read more...
Seagate and LaCie came to CES with armloads of new storage devices, and the first thing that jumps out at you about the whole schmeer is the impressive capacity of the lot of them. And capacity, it seems, was indeed a focus. “People around the world are in urgent need of space to store their most cherished memories, information and data, so we at Seagate are on a mission to provide people with the space they need for all of their lifelong experiences,” said Scott Horn, VP marketing. “To keep pace with changing needs and demands, we have to remove limits around design, function, form and features.” Seagate Backup FAST First up is the Seagate Backup Plus FAST ($299.99),... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks Webcast, Iyaz, Dave and Marco discuss our External Storage Round-Up, Intel's new Core i7-4960X Ivy Bridge-E flagship processor, Samsung's Unpacked event with the Galaxy Gear Smartwatch, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 10.1, Intel SSD Overclocking and yep, you guessed it -- more! 1:02 -- External Storage Round-Up 4:45 -- Intel Core i7-4960X Ivy Bridge Processor Review 8:13 -- Intel Not Supporting Ivy Bridge-E For Intel X79 Motherboards? What?? 11:40 -- Samsung Unpacked: Galaxy Gear Smartwatch, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy 10.1 (2014) 17:35 -- ASUS Unloads At IFA 2013: 3-in-1 Tablet/PC, Transformers, Zenbooks, Tablets 22:10 -- Intel Demonstrates Overclocking... Read more...
You have to appreciate a good external hard drive that faithfully ferries important data from one place to another, while safely stashed on a drive that’s wrapped inside a slick-looking, durable chassis. These days, the storage capacity on a typical and relatively inexpensive external hard drive is large; 1TB is a standard size, and it isn’t at all uncommon to see 2TB drives, too. We looked at a few external hard drives from Toshiba, WD, and LaCie, all with similar specs to see how they stacked up against one another. All three of the units in our test bank employ a speedy USB 3.0 interface with capacities that range from 750GB to 1TB in size and, as it happens, all three are compact... Read more...
You have to appreciate a good external hard drive that faithfully ferries important data from one place to another, while safely stashed on a drive that’s wrapped inside a slick-looking, durable chassis. These days, the storage capacity on a typical and relatively inexpensive external hard drive is large; 1TB is a standard size, and it isn’t at all uncommon to see 2TB drives, too. We looked at a few external hard drives with similar specs from some major manufacturers to see how they stack up against one another. All three of the units in our test bank employ the speedy USB 3.0 interface, which is a standard option for many drives, and of course they’re all backwards compatible... Read more...
Intel’s Thunderbolt interface technology is not yet ubiquitous, although it’s common among Macs and slowly catching on in the PC industry, but the company is already plowing forward with a new controller called “Falcon Ridge” that promises to double Thunderbolt’s already impressive 10Gbps. The technology is being called “Thunderbolt 2” and offers a whopping 20Gbps of bandwidth. The way it works is that two previously-separate 10Gbps channels are combined into a single, bi-directional channel, and that new channel can handle both data and display. On its face this is a big deal, but Thunderbolt 2 is important because it will help unlock 4K video; additionally,... Read more...
Intel’s Thunderbolt interface technology is blazing fast, and it’s getting an upgrade in the form of the new DSL4510/4410 controllers, which Intel is showing off at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) this week in Las Vegas. Specifically, the new controllers support DisplayPort 1.2 when connected to native displays, as well as better power management and lower platform BOM costs. The chip giant also debuted the prototype silicon for its upcoming Falcon Ridge Thunderbolt controller. Falcon Ridge promises 20Gbps speed, which will make handling 4K video files much easier; Intel says that the controller will allow 4K file transfers and 4K playback simultaneously. LaCie's Family... Read more...
Storage -- it's a wild and wonderful thing. But can small businesses and enterprises every truly have enough? LaCie doesn't think so, and has today unveiled the 5big NAS Pro as well as a 20TB Thunderbolt RAID drive. The latter is a massive, five-bay RAID solution, offering up to 20TB of storage and speeds up to 785MB/sec. It manages that by shipping with fve 7200rpm/64MB cache hard disks preconfigured in RAID 0, and the company's marketing this towards A/V professionals that need the speed and storage. It'll ship in 10TB / 20TB capacities, with prices starting at $1,199. On the other side of the coin, the 5big NAS Pro utilizes hybrid cloud technology as well as LaCie's own SimplyRAID. It promises... Read more...
Is there an award for the world's most beautiful hard drive? Because if so, LaCie and famed designer Philippe Starck may have just created it. The pair debuted the Blade Runner today, an external hard drive that combines an anthropomorphic metal interior with an angular cage-like shell. In fact, only 9,999 of these will be produced, and each one is "custom-built." The drive utilizes USB 3.0, and also boasts an LED power button that glows to indicate activity. The LaCie Blade Runner is equipped with 10GB of complimentary Wuala Secure Cloud Storage and user-friendly backup software, and includes 4TB within. The price? $299.99, which honestly doesn't seem that awful given the style. LaCie, in collaboration... Read more...
LaCie has always had a thing for Apple users, and the company's products have always seemed to fit nicely alongside Mac computers. This week, LaCie is introduced a thinner, faster Porsche Design drive for Apple users, the P'9223 Slim SSD. It's being called the quickest LaCie USB HDD to date, combining USB 3.0 speeds with an optional SSD. The LaCie P’9223 Slim is the thinnest 2.5-inch storage device from LaCie – 30 percent thinner than the previous edition. The Porsche Design Slim P’9223 is available in 120GB SSD and 500GB HDD through the LaCie Online Store and LaCie Partners starting at $99.99.... Read more...
With its orange bumper and snow-white housing, the LaCie Rugged looks downright dainty. But LaCie says that the portable SSD can handle 4-foot drops and is meant to withstand the rigors of frequent shipping. Toughness aside, what makes the device really interesting is its dual USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt ports and support for bus power. According to LaCie, the Rugged offers up to 380MB/s bus-powered speeds. You’ll need to use electrical Thunderbolt cables (as opposed to faster optical Thunderbolt cables) to bus power the device. The box includes an electrical Thunderbolt cable and a USB 3.0 cable, so you’re good to go. LaCie is releasing the Rugged in 120GB ($199.99) and 256GB... Read more...
We knew the story had to end sometime, and now there's confirmation. Seagate and Lacie have just announced the completion of a deal that'll see the latter acquired by the former. Seagate was already the larger of the two, and now it's even bigger. Picking up Lacie is probably a wise move; it'll expand its portfolio, and it'll give it access to a panache and design that was lacking from Seagate's existing offerings. Now that the deal is done, Seagate has procured all of the shares of Philippe Spruch and his affiliate, representing 64.5% of the outstanding shares of Lacie for a provisional price of €4.05 per share. The price payable to Philippe Spruch and his affiliate may be increased by... Read more...
LaCie's new RuggedKey USB drive is now available. This flash drive is designed to protect data from nearly any threat, including heat, cold, and drops. Thanks to its orange bumper, the RuggedKey can withstand heat, cold, and 100-meter drops. The drive is also IP-54 certified to resist damage from dust and water. The RuggedKey supports USB 3.0 speeds up to 150MB/s. The drive also works with Wuala Secure Cloud Storage so your data will be accessible via the cloud as well as on the drive itself. The LaCie RuggedKey comes in 16GB and 32GB capacities with a starting price of $39.95. LaCie RuggedKey – Key for a Rugged Lifestyle August 2, 2012 - Today LaCie announced availability of the RuggedKey,... Read more...
More moving and shaking took place in the storage industry today, as Seagate and LaCie announced an exclusive agreement whereby the former will acquire a controlling interest in the latter. Specifically, Seagate plans to purchase from Philippe Spruch, LaCie's chairman and CEO, and his affiliate, all of their shares, giving Seagate a 64.5 percent stake in LaCie. Without any price supplements or fuzzy math of any kind, the deal is worth $186 million in total equity value. If the deal goes through, Seagate would be paying a 29 percent premium to LaCie's average closing stock price in the transaction. "Seagate has a strong commitment to the growing consumer storage market and bringing the most dynamic... Read more...
LaCie's design instincts haven't changed much over the years, but that's certainly not a bad thing. This week, the company announced a new 2-bay network-attached storage solution aimed at small businesses and power users. The LaCie 2big NAS, design by Neil Poulton, is powered by a 2GHz processor and a bolstered file system. Just think about that: a NAS powered by a 2GHz CPU. A decade ago, just that notion would've invoked laughter. This guy delivers speeds up to 100MB/sec, and functions just fine with Windows, Linux and Mac platforms. Users can schedule shutdown and restart during optimal business hours to boost efficiency. Plus, the LaCie 2big NAS is now ten times more energy efficient when... Read more...
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