LaCie Releases 2big Quadra External Hard Drive Line

SAN FRANCISCO -- Accessory and storage company LaCie introduced its 2big Quadra external hard drive on Tuesday at Macworld Expo. The new two-bay RAID drive includes up to three terabytes of capacity for backup and storage use. The drive incorporates four RAID modes and transmits data at nearly 165MB/s via an eSATA port.

The 2big Quadra, which can also connect to a computer via FireWire 400, FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 ports, supports four RAID modes includes RAID 0 and RAID 1.

"Like its big brother the 4big Quadra, the LaCie 2big Quadra is the most complete two-bay solution of its category," said Arnaud Prezelin, LaCie Product manager for Creative Pro Solutions. "Its four RAID modes and outstanding performance make it the perfect choice for backup and digital library management, as well as for SDV and HDV projects."

In addition to offering protection through a full RAID 1 mode with hot-swappable disks for non-stop data access, the 2big Quadra also features a convenient Mixed mode. This mode provides both a RAID 0 partition for daily working data and a RAID 1 partition to archive important files. As a complete RAID storage solution, the 2big Quadra is compatible with Time Machine and comes with Genie Backup Manager Pro and Intego Backup Manager Pro for customizable backups and a computer recovery option.

The 2big Quadra is designed by Neil Poulton and arrives in a sturdy aluminum body which helps dissipate heat while ensuring quiet operation.

The drive will be available in 1TB, 2TB and 3TB capacities and hit the LaCie Online Store and retail shelves in January at the suggested retail price of $299.99