Remember when you needed a tall stack of hard drives just to get a few terabytes of storage? Futurelooks remembers. With the latest announcement from LaCie, that will indeed be just a memory. The French computer hardware company has always have a penchant for external hard drives and RAID arrays, and with this latest product you can get anywhere from 5TB to 25TB worth of storage with those technologies.
LaCie's newest 5big Thunderbolt Series, 2big Thunderbolt Series and d2 Thunderbolt Series external storage products feature the latest 5TB hard drives, and come in capacities that range from 5TB single drive systems to 25TB RAID solutions. Now we spoke to LaCie back at CES 2014, and there they featured their fastest Thunderbolt 2 drives for the Mac Pro. These 5TB+ drives sit at the other end of that spectrum, with extremely cavernous storage space at a less significant speed. With that being said, these are still Thunderbolt drives and as such can reach speeds up to 785 MB/s.
Pricing info wasn't included in our press release, but all the products can be purchased at the LaCie Online Store and LaCie resellers. The full press release is below.
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Feb. 20, 2014 16:30 UTC
LaCie Ships Industry's First 5TB External Hard Drive
CUPERTINO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Today, LaCie announced the availability of 5TB, 7200 rpm hard-drive capacities in its 5big Thunderbolt™ Series, 2big Thunderbolt Series and d2 Thunderbolt Series. Delivering external storage products that range from 5TB single drive systems to 25TB RAID solutions boosts storage capacity by 20 percent. This increase showcases the company’s commitment to provide the fastest, highest capacity storage solutions on the market.
Increasingly larger file formats for film and photography have driven the demand for more storage capacity. The availability of 5TB hard drives enables LaCie to deliver significantly more storage capacity in its same compact desktop designs. This saves professionals valuable desktop space.
LaCie’s 5big Thunderbolt now features a capacity of up to 25TB, which makes it the largest 5-bay storage solution on the market. Combined with industry-leading speeds up to 785 MB/s*, it is the ideal product for video professionals to pair with a Thunderbolt-enabled computer, like the new Mac Pro, to drive 4K workflows. Photography professionals will appreciate the larger capacities of the d2 Thunderbolt and 2big Thunderbolt, with the same fast transfer speeds and responsive photo browsing that they depend on from these products.
The new capacities are also available on the LaCie 2big Quadra and d2 Quadra storage solutions. All products can be purchased at the LaCie Online Store and LaCie Resellers.
LaCie professional storage solutions are protected by a three-year limited warranty. It includes comprehensive, complimentary web-based resources, expert in-house technical support, and worldwide repair/replacement coverage. Warranty extensions and Advance Care Option can also be purchased.
LaCie, the premium brand of Seagate Technology plc (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.
©2014 LaCie, S.A. All rights reserved. LaCie and the LaCie logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of LaCie, S.A. or one of its affiliated companies in France, the United States and/or other countries. Thunderbolt and the Thunderbolt logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the US and/or other countries. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners. When referring to drive capacity, one terabyte, or TB, equals one thousand billion bytes. Your computer’s operating system may use a different standard of measurement and report a lower capacity. In addition, some of the listed capacity is used for formatting and other functions and will not be available for data storage. LaCie reserves the right to change, without notice, product offerings or specifications.
*Tests conducted in RAID 0 with five 4TB 7200rpm drives. Speeds depend on the drives and RAID mode used, and average transfer rates may vary from one computer to another and from one product to another.