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LaCie debuts Thunderbolt peripherals ahead of CES

updated 05:55 pm EST, Mon January 9, 2012

2Big drive, eSATA hub coming late winter

Drive maker LaCie has announced an expansion of its line of Thunderbolt-supporting peripherals on the eve of the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. In addition to its existing Little Big Disk Thunderbolt drive, the company will be adding a 2Big dual-disk model as well as an eSATA hub that lets users connect two eSATA external hard drives, and offers the possibility of daisy-chaining more at full eSATA 3Gb per second speeds.

The 2Big drive is a single enclosure that holds two hard drives (available in 4TB, 6TB and 8TB configurations) which can be set as two volumes or configured for RAID redundancy. The company says data transfer rates run has high as 311 megabytes (MB) per second with a standalone drive; daisy-chaining multiple 2Big drives (each unit has a spare TB port) would even increase that performance.

The drive is aimed at heavy data users, such as videographers and photographers, or those who need backups completed in record time. The 2Big Thunderbolt drive can offer speeds up to three times faster than even Firewire 800. The unit offers a three-year warranty.

The company is also among the first to be bringing a practical eSATA hub to Thunderbolt-equipped Macs, letting them use inexpensive external eSATA drives. The hub features two eSATA ports, and again feature a spare TB port to daisy-chain up to a total of six eSATA hubs for a total of 12 drives on a single Thunderbolt connection, all operating at up to the 3Gb per second maximum speed of the drives.

The drives will be available in the first quarter of 2012, the company says, but pricing has not yet been announced.


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By Electronista Staff
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  1. MyRightEye

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    Joined: Apr 2008

    +2

    Avoid LaCie

    "The drive is aimed at heavy data users, such as videographers and photographers, or those who need backups completed in record time. The 2Big Thunderbolt drive can offer speeds up to three times faster than even Firewire 800. The unit offers a three-year warranty."

    At least those kinds of people can afford data recovery.

  1. bobolicious

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Aug 2002

    -3

    usb 3?

    ...has apple refused native support of this useful, speedy & economical alternative to esata?
    What am I missing?

  1. facebook_Todd

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    0

    LaCie is Unreliable

    How many LaCie externals do I have? 9! None of them work. Each one got the click of death (no worries... everything was backed up). Like a total idiot, I bought the Little Big Disk. How Little Crappy Disk? It's slow, it's loud, and, I am sure, it is doomed for failure. By G-technology and you will not be disappointed. Not one has ever died on me (for film/video DIT work, archiving master footage for a client, and for remote editorial).

    No more Lacie for me, Ever.

  1. facebook_Bryan

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    +3

    LaCie is Reliable

    I've had over 18 Lacie drives since 2003. With the exception of one, that arrived DOA from B&H Photo (which they replaced) all have worked for at least 4 years, with the longest being since 2003. The LaCie 4big gives me 240MB/s for read, which I've been quite happy with. The two Little Big Disks have been great, and I'm looking forward to the thunderbolt drives.

    I have several G-tech drives too. I like them too, and will continue to use them when needed.

  1. chas_m

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    Missing the point, gang

    You guys are missing the point. Never mind whether LaCie rox or sux. The point of the article is that more Thunderbolt peripherals are starting to appear. This is good news.

    Also, even if I thought LaCie drives sucked (I've never owned one so I don't have an opinion), how would that affect an eSATA hub? Haters gonna hate, I guess ...

  1. jwdsail

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jun 2000

    +9

    All drives fail

    I've been using Lacie drives since 1994.

    I've had two power supplies fail, one replaced under warranty, and the other only cost $20.

    Drives fail. Everyone will have a drive fail at some point. I've had horrible experiences will all internal drive manufacturers except Hitachi (and IBM before they sold to Hitachi).. so far... My Hitachi failure will happen at some point.. My major Lacie failure that isn't a $20 power supply will happen sooner or later..

    All drives fail.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

    0

    maybe

    They say first quarter. Probably means 2nd quarter. And then we'll see.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

    0

    cost

    And the real proof will be in the cost. USB 3 is going to be cheap. So far, Thunderbolt has been an expensive toy for peripherals.

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