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LaCie announces first Thunderbolt-packing external HDD

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February 24, 2011

LaCie's Little Big Disk with Thunderbolt technology

LaCie's Little Big Disk with Thunderbolt technology

No sooner has Thunderbolt – previously known as Light Peak – hit the market in the form of Apple's new MacBook Pro lineup, than LaCie has unveiled the first of what will no doubt be a flood of new Thunderbolt-capable devices to be announced in the coming months. Thanks to the new I/O technology, which boasts data transfer speeds of 10Gbps, LaCie's Little Big Disk can perform full system backups in minutes and deliver multiple streams of HD video while offloading content without compromising performance.

Developed by Intel, Thunderbolt runs both PCI Express and DisplayPort protocols simultaneously over a single cable, allowing the connection of high-resolution displays and high performance peripherals. The technology was designed with mobile and media professionals in mind and it is such users looking to store, edit and quickly transfer large audio and video files that the Little Big Disk also targets.

To ensure the fastest throughputs, the drive features two 250GB Intel 510 series Solid State Drives (SSDs), which is sure to see the Little Big Disk priced at the more expensive end of the external hard drive spectrum when LaCie announces details ahead of the drive's release this northern summer.

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Darren Quick Darren's love of technology started in primary school with a Nintendo Game & Watch Donkey Kong (still functioning) and a Commodore VIC 20 computer (not still functioning). In high school he upgraded to a 286 PC, and he's been following Moore's law ever since. This love of technology continued through a number of university courses and crappy jobs until 2008, when his interests found a home at Gizmag.   All articles by Darren Quick
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The other effect of old SSD technology is the rapid wear-level. All disk drives have this inbuilt safety guard, but not so that the drive last only several weeks or months. It will be several months of testing before we know whether this rapid wear rate of SSDs is yet fixed.

Greg Zeng
28th February, 2011 @ 02:53 am PST
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