New LaCie Little Big Disk with Thunderbolt 2 Pushes 2600 MB/s, Shipping Now

How fast is fast? We first saw the new version of the LaCie Little Big Disk at CES earlier this year and now the Thunderbolt 2-compatible external drive is shipping to a retailer near you.


As a quick refresher, the main idea behind the updated Little Big Disk is to push the limits in terms of transfer speeds, fully taking advantage of everything that the new Apple Mac Pro has to offer. To this end, the new LaCie Little Big Disk is the fastest portable external storage solution to date, granting you transfer speeds of up to 1,375MB/s in a very compact package. What this means is that pros can suitably edit 4K video while away from the office.

But what if the pair of 500GB PCIe Gen 2 SSDs with Thunderbolt 2 isn't fast enough for you? Well, you can go ahead and daisy chain a couple of these devices for even faster speeds. Use two of these in parallel on a Mac Pro and you'll get speeds of up to 2,600MB/s. You can transfer 300GB worth of 4K footage in less than three minutes. Crazy!

The 1TB Little Big Disk with Thunderbolt 2 from LaCie is available now for an MSRP of $1,299.99. Check out the press release below for further details.

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March 11, 2014 19:09 UTC
LaCie Ships World’s Fastest Portable External Storage Solution

CUPERTINO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- LaCie, the premium brand from Seagate Technology (NASDAQ: STX), announced today the availability of the fastest portable external storage solution ever – the new LaCie™ Little Big Disk, featuring Thunderbolt™ 2. It delivers speeds up to 1,375 MB/s* and fits in a laptop bag. With these advances, professionals finally have a truly portable solution for editing 4K video in the field.

STORAGE FOR THE 4K ERA

To achieve the full potential of Thunderbolt 2** speeds, LaCie engineered the Little Big Disk™ with some of the best-performing solid state drives on the market – a pair of 500 GB PCIe Gen 2 SSDs. It’s possible to push the boundaries of the technology even further by daisy chaining two LaCie Little Big Disks to achieve speeds faster than the maximum Thunderbolt 2 transfer rate. By connecting them in parallel to Apple®’s powerful new Mac Pro®, they can deliver speeds up to 2,600 MB/s.

In addition to its post-production benefits, the LaCie Little Big Disk can transfer dailies ten times faster than any mobile USB 3.0 hard drive. For example, it’s possible to transfer 300 GB of 4K footage in less than three minutes, saving hours a day.

DAISY CHAIN FLEXIBILITY

Thanks to its two Thunderbolt 2 ports, the LaCie Little Big Disk can be daisy chained with other devices. Professionals can daisy chain up to five LaCie Little Big Disks plus a 4K display, and connect them to a computer via a single cable. Now it’s possible to create a plug-and-play 4K video editing environment that delivers scalable capacity, incredible speed and convenience to workflows.

RE-ENGINEERED FOR WHISPER-QUIET DUAL COOLING

Including high-performance SSDs and interface meant LaCie had to optimize the Little Big Disk’s interior design to improve cooling efficiency, while simultaneously reducing noise. LaCie added two heat-dissipating aluminum plates in addition to a larger, thermoregulated fan. This means that the fan only turns on when necessary, and when it does, it produces nearly zero noise. As a result, the LaCie Little Big Disk delivers industry-leading performance without disrupting the creative workflow.

See what’s inside the Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PocrZUJezCc

Find out more about our products at www.lacie.com.

AVAILABILITY

The new Little Big Disk, featuring Thunderbolt 2, is available in 1TB SSD capacity through the LaCie Online Store and LaCie Resellers starting at $1299.99 (MSRP). Thunderbolt 2 is compatible with the same cables and connectors as first-generation Thunderbolt***. For more product information, visit www.lacie.com.

WARRANTY

The Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 is protected by a three-year limited warranty. It includes complimentary web-based resources, expert in-house technical support and worldwide repair/replacement coverage. Warranty extension and Advance Care Option can also be purchased. For details, visit www.lacie.com/warranties.

ABOUT LACIE

LaCie, the premium brand from Seagate, designs world-class external storage products for Apple, Linux and PC users. LaCie has differentiated itself through sleek design and unmatched technical performance. Find out more about our products at www.lacie.com.

* These transfer rates were achieved using AJA System Test when connected to a 15" MacBook Pro® 2.0Ghz Quad Core and 8GB RAM with 32k block size. Speeds depend on the RAID mode used. Actual data rates may vary depending on operating environment and other factors.

** As compared to other I/O connection technologies including eSATA, USB and IEEE 1394 FireWire.

*** To achieve full Thunderbolt 2 bandwidth, connect the product to a Thunderbolt 2 port on a computer or device.


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