LaCie ships world's fastest portable external storage unit


March 12, 2014

The Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 from LaCie

The Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 from LaCie

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LaCie, which is now part of the Seagate house, has released a new version of its Little Big Disk storage unit that's claimed fast enough to enable simultaneous plug-and-play RAW 4K video editing and display. The device boasts a terabyte of onboard storage, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, and near silent dual cooling performance.

LaCie says that the Little Big Disk's interior design has been optimized to improve cooling efficiency, adding two aluminum heat-sink plates to help reduce the unit's dependence on the integrated thermoregulated, whisper quiet fan. It features two 500 GB PCIe Gen 2 SSDs in a RAID 0 configuration (which can be configured to RAID 1 or JBOD if desired), and two Thunderbolt 2 ports for interface transfer rates of up to 20 Gb/s.

The company is claiming transfer speeds of up to 1,375 MB/s (read) and 1,180 MB/s (write), and connecting two storage units in parallel to the new Mac Pro is said to boost transfer speeds up to 2,600 MB/s. Up to five units can be daisy-chained (plus a 4K monitor on the end of the chain), and the drive unit will work with first-gen Thunderbolt technology, that first arrived on the company's Little Big Disk in 2011.

Though described as portable due to its 1.6 x 5.5 x 3.3 in (40 x 140 x 85 mm) dimensions and weight of just 1.4 lb (620 g), the new Little Big Disk, which includes AES 256-bit software encryption to help keep your data safe, will still require users to be near a 110/240 V power outlet to run the storage unit.

The Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 is available in 1 TB SSD capacity for a suggested starting price of US$1,299.99.

You can join LaCie for a look around its new storage solution in the video below.

Product page: Little Big Disk

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I like the external drives that are able to run off the USB power. Simplifies the backup experience. Otherwise, over time, you get several external drives and it is easy to forget which power plug goes with which drive.


Hopefully its only a matter of time until awesome storage units like this will be affordable with even bigger storage capacity.

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