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LaCie rolls out world’s smallest-ever USB 3.0 drives

updated 02:05 pm EDT, Fri September 10, 2010

Rikiki mobile and Minimus desktop form factors

LaCie has taken the wraps from its new line of small form factor USB 3.0 hard drive, which it claims are the world's smallest ever. The portable Rikiki and desktop-sized Minimus drives deliver a theoretical high-speed 5Gbs/s perfomance over USB 3.0, in a brushed aluminum casing that takes up less space. Both also have 10GB of online storage space through Wuala.

Both drives come with support for Mac and Windows, but as with most USB 3.0 hardware will only function optimally with a full native link. Either drive is backwards-compatible with USB 2.0's 480Mbps peak speeds. The Rikiki hard drive costs $100 for 500GB of capacity. Moving to the Minimus starts higher at $129 but doubles the capacity to 1TB.

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  1. macemoneta

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    Mace Moneta

    "...deliver a theoretical high-speed 5Gbs/s perfomance..."

    No, they don't. The USB 3.0 peak interface speed is meaningless, as this device uses a standard rotating disk drive. The sustained throughput is typically less than 400Mbits/sec (about 50MBytes/sec). Putting a faster interface on a slow device does not magically make it faster.

  1. cmoney

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    Joined: Sep 2000

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    Unreliable

    I got one of the USB 2.0 models and wanted to use it as on location backup while shooting a 3 day event. The drive was left in the minivan during the event and at the end of the day, I'd load images to my laptop and backup to the drive. Two days later the drive completely unmountable!

    It's all SSD for me from now on.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

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    Re: Unreliable

    Yes, because we all know that SSD is 100% bulletproof and error proof. No one ever has had a problem with an SSD and lost data, that's for sure.

  1. testudo

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    Re: Mace Moneta

    The sustained throughput is typically less than 400Mbits/sec (about 50MBytes/sec). Putting a faster interface on a slow device does not magically make it faster.

    Sustained throughput tends to be in the 70MB range for a good drive. So a faster interface can surely help. At the very least, it can get a lot closer to 'internal' speeds.

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