EXTERNAL STORAGE MAKER Lacie has announced what it claims to be the industry's first 5TB external hard drive.
The battle to be the first to market with a 5TB external hard drive has been on for some time, but the Seagate subsidiary has beaten rivals to the punch.
The new drives are extensions to the Lacie 5big Thunderbolt, 2big Thunderbolt and d2 Thunderbolt ranges. Also included are the 2big Quadra and d2 Quadra products.
As well as individual drives with and without external casings, Lacie is using the technology in its five hard disk RAID arrays, offering up to 25TB arrays to those with major storage needs.
The brand also claims that the new hard drive that runs at 7200RPM is capable of data transfer speeds of up to 785MBps in optimum conditions.
With the advent of 4K video, which requires a lot of storage space and significant speed, these new external hard drives seem to be aimed at the video editing and photo markets.
A quick bit of INQUIRER office maths concluded that each 5TB drive is capable of storing over 82,000 photos, assuming 18MP RAW format, which would be quite a long slide show.
The products are available online now with prices starting at £269 for a single 5GB external hard drive with USB 3.0, ranging up to £819 for a complete 25TB external RAID array.
Although Lacie is first to market, now that the die has been cast expect similar products from brands including parent company Seagate and Toshiba to hit the shelves within the year. µ