With the slow and steady drop in the pricing of flash, more people are discovering the benefits of SSDs. In addition to the speed though, SSDs have another really great feature, and that’s the fact that they aren’t susceptible to failures due to drops or bumps. Things that make them excellent in notebooks and tablets, which see all sorts of mishandling, day in and day out. That’s also what makes them better as a portable storage media. That’s why LaCie is giving creative professionals what they want, by releasing a 1TB version of their Rugged Thunderbolt SSD.

The 1TB LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt SSD will slot into the line up which already includes a 250GB and 500GB version. The new version will sport speeds of up to 387MB/s read and write, which seems low.  However, it is noted that LaCie uses AJA Disk Test, which is a professional video disk performance test, that attempts to mimic real world video editing storage performance. It makes sense seeing as this product is geared towards video professionals. Hopefully we’ll be able to test more thoroughly with our usual suite of AS SSD, ATTO and CrystalDiskMark.

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The LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt SSD is also MIL-compliant and can survive drops of up to 2 meters, and with its cap in place, it is rated for IP 54, so it’ll survive splashes and dust. However, I do think LaCie is downplaying this a bit because you can probably toss this into a wall across the room, and it would survive, since it has an SSD inside.  I am a little disappointed that it doesn’t have the IP 68 certification that the ADATA Rugged HD710A has, which gives it the ability to go “Nemo” for around 60 minutes. But it does have 256 bit encryption AES encryption.

Unlike the ADATA product, the 1TB LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt SSD is fully certified for use in both PC and MAC environments. And further supporting that scenario, the drive has the signature Thunderbolt cable built in, but it also has a USB 3.0 port for compatibility with the majority of PC work environments.

The 1TB LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt SSD will join the rugged family with a price of $949.99 US MSRP, and a 3 year warranty. You can find additional photos and the full press release below.


LaCie Doubles Capacity of Rugged Thunderbolt SSD

CUPERTINO, CALIF. – LaCie, the premium brand from Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX), announced today that its iconic Rugged Thunderbolt™ storage solution will be available in a 1 TB SSD capacity. With double the storage, the new LaCie® Rugged is just as portable with no size or weight increase compared to the 500 GB offering. Plus, it still features the lightning–fast transfer rates of Thunderbolt and is tough in the field with shock, dust and water resistance.

“My expeditions take me all over the globe so I need equipment that’s up for any terrain,” said photographer and National Geographic Expeditions expert Kike Calvo. “The LaCie Rugged is my go–to hard drive because its fast speeds help back up my work quickly, and its toughness has yet to let me down. With the addition of drones into my workflow, I’m creating more content than ever before. So larger capacity in the same reliable enclosure means I can take fewer drives and save valuable luggage space.”

The LaCie Rugged delivers speeds of up to 387 MB/s* — three times faster than a standard mobile hard drive**. With these speeds, creative professionals can transfer 100 GB in less than five minutes. The LaCie Rugged even provides enough bandwidth to review and edit photos or video in the field. With a laptop and a LaCie Rugged, a photographer or videographer has everything they need to back up footage or complete a project on location. This time savings and convenience is key for field–based professionals.

“Wherever digital content is created and wherever our customers want to travel to capture and collect it, our LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt drive will go as the ideal companion,” said Erwan Girard, Business Unit Manager for LaCie. “With fast Thunderbolt speeds that save hours in the field and now a 1 TB SSD capacity, our customers can focus on the creative process instead of worrying about transfer times or storage limits.”

The LaCie Rugged is MIL–compliant, which means that data is protected even during accidental drops of up to 2 meters (6.6 feet). With its cap in place, the LaCie Rugged is also IP 54–rated for superior protection against dust and water splashing — even during operation. Plus, it is resistant to vibration and shock and is tough enough to be shipped for reliable delivery to clients or partners.

With both Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 interfaces, the LaCie Rugged is an ideal match for Mac® and PC users. The LaCie Rugged is fully bus powered through the Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 cables. Plus, the integrated Thunderbolt cable stows neatly when not in use, ensuring that it will never get lost or left behind.

The LaCie Rugged includes everything professionals need for secure backup in the field: a backup software suite and compatibility with Time Machine® and Windows® Backup. It also includes LaCie Private–Public software, which lets users password–protect the entire drive or only certain volumes with AES 256–bit encryption.


The LaCie Rugged features a three–year limited warranty that includes comprehensive, complimentary web–based resources, expert in–house technical support, and worldwide repair and/or replacement coverage. It is possible to upgrade this service with warranty extensions and fast product replacement.


The new 1 TB SSD version of the LaCie Rugged, design by Neil Poulton, will be available this month for $949.99 (MSRP) through the LaCie Online Store and LaCie Resellers.


LaCie, the premium brand from Seagate Technology (NASDAQ: STX), designs world–class external storage products for Apple®, Linux and PC users. LaCie differentiates itself with sleek design and unmatched technical performance. Find out more at www.lacie.com.


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