LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Series Drives Offer Amazing Speed

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NEW YORK, NY — At last week’s PhotoPlus Expo, LaCie was demonstrating their Thunderbolt Series of drives, some of which are now shipping, and fulfill the promise of Thunderbolt with the fastest speeds we’ve seen in a single drive. Kristen Hunt, LaCie US PR Specialist, told us more about these drives.

The Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Series currently comes in a 1 TB model with two 2.5” 7200 rpm rotational drives, and a 2 TB model with two 2.5” 5400 rpm rotational drives. A 240 GB SSD model with two 2.5” SSDs will be released in November. The 2big Thunderbolt Series, a larger unit which contains two 3.5” rotational drives and come in capacities up to 6TB, will also be released shortly. All drives come with two 10 Gb/s Thuderbolt ports, allowing one to daisy chain devices.

LaCie Thunderbolt Series Disks Can Daisy Chain to Other Devices

The test configuration in the booth demonstrated the daisy chaining ability, showing a MacBook Pro connected to a Little Big Disk, connected to another Little Big Disk, connected to a 2big, which was connected to a display. While Thunderbolt promises speeds up to 10 Gb/sec, current drive technology will limit this. Running a synthetic benchmark, the Thunderbolt Series showed a write speed of 290.0 MB/sec, and a read speed of 469.3 MB/sec. A Finder copy of a folder of 1 GB of photos from one drive to another took about 5 seconds.

Now shipping are the Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Series 1 TB drive for US$399, and Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Series 2 TB drive for US$499.

 

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Comments

MyRightEye

Does it crash as fast as all other LaCie drives as well?

If you use LaCie, ALWAYS have a backup on another brand’s drive. LaCie drives make up about 35% of all failed externals, yet have about 4% of the market.

CanadianThomas

Does it crash as fast as all other LaCie drives as well?

Wow, 2 Mac users, 2 very different opinions. I myself have never had a problem with LaCie drives, been using them in Audio Production for years.

Now, iomega, they die on me. Well not the HDD’s them selves but I have had a nightmare with their power supplies and especially their Controller boards.

But who knows. Different reigns, different drives? Power quality? Lots of variables.

MyRightEye

Wow, 2 Mac users, 2 very different opinions. I myself have never had a problem with LaCie drives, been using them in Audio Production for years.

Now, iomega, they die on me. Well not the HDD?s them selves but I have had a nightmare with their power supplies and especially their Controller boards.

But who knows. Different reigns, different drives? Power quality? Lots of variables.

Call up Flatirons Data Recovery or Drive Savers and ask them! And same as Iomega, it’s almost always the power supplies and bridge boards.

1truBob

Never seen a LaCie drive fail. Not a single one out of the half-dozen the USB/FW bus-powered drives I’ve been abusing for >6 years—toting them around, shipping them back & forth between offices, letting them sit for a year or more in unprotected conditions, leaving them in a hot car for days on end loaning out to users to take on their travels… Not one has ever hiccupped, let alone failed.  Out of the dozens of LaCie drives we’ve bought for the agency over the last 16 years—not one has crashed in service.

I don’t know what official at the US Bureau of Miscellaneous Information provided MyRightEye with that 35% figure, but it clearly didn’t come from Real Experience. Come on! Think for 3 seconds about how that figure could possibly be compiled. Where and by whom would data on every single external drive failure be collected? Right—it wouldn’t be.

MyRightEye

Good try - but my figures DO come from “Real Experience”.

Water. Bucket. “LaCie, let me get that for you”.

John Dingler, artist

I don’t see a significant speed benefit for external drives.

JulieG7

I have never had an issue with a LaCie drive unit, although I have had the drives fail. However my oldest LaCie that I did replace a hard drive in it is 21 years old and all of 80mb.

James

I’ve had the power unit fail jsut out of warranty for every LaCie Drive I have ever purchased (4).

Then I gave up.

I appreciate your milage may vary but my experiance means I wouldn’t touch them with a barge pole

John F. Braun

I don?t see a significant speed benefit for external drives.

John, I’m curious what other drive technology you’ve used that offers throughput on the order of hundreds of megabytes per second?  The best I’ve seen before this is a USB 3.0 drive which approached 80 MB/sec throughput.

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