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Lacie announces 'world's fastest' portable external drive

Capable of 2,600MB/s under the right conditions
Tue Mar 11 2014, 17:16

STORAGE MAKER Lacie has announced what it claims is the "world's fastest" portable external storage drive.

The Lacie Little Big Disk contains two 500GB solid state disk (SSD) drives, and is designed with 4K video editing in mind.

In standard configuration Lacie claims it delivers speeds of up to 1,375MB/s, which nearly doubles to 2,600MB/s in a parallel configuration with the two Thunderbolt connections to the latest Apple Mac Pro.

Little Big Disk is also capable of daisy chaining up to six units together with a single 4K monitor and computer, enabling seamless realtime editing and scalability on really big video shoots.

All this jiggery pokery comes at a price, however with the unit retailing at £1,059 through Lacie or its resellers.

For your money you also get "almost zero" noise fan that is thermo-regulated, meaning it's only on if it's needed, and two huge aluminium heatsinks to reduce the need for fans in the first place, in a unit that Lacie claims is small enough to fit in a laptop bag, weighing just 620g.

Lacie emphasised that its Little Big Disk can save time in transferring raw footage at the end of a shoot, and said it has potential to support quick broadcast news gathering.

Seagate subsiduary Lacie recently announced the first 5TB drive for consumers and a limited edition Phillipe Starke designed 4TB drive, The Lacie Blade Runner. µ


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