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LaCie Little Big Disk   (Source: LaCie)
LaCie's Little Big Disk brings a whole bunch of new technology in a tiny little package

Well, that didn't take long -- earlier today, Intel made its Thunderbolt I/O technology official and Apple launched new MacBook Pros that support the 10Gbps interface. Now, LaCie has announced its "Little Big Disk" which supports Thunderbolt. 

LaCie has been working with Thunderbolt for the past year, and showcased a storage prototype with 700MB/sec transfer speeds (all while daisy-chained between a computer and monitor) at IDF 2010. Now, the production Little Big Disk is ready to go and supports two channels with 10Gb/sec of data flowing both ways per channel (all within a single cable). 

"Thunderbolt technology is a breakthrough in I/O technology and represents the future of mobile computing. Soon you will be able to carry workstation-class power and functionality in compact devices," said Philippe Spruch, Chairman and General Manager, LaCie. "LaCie is excited to be one of the first to deliver Thunderbolt technology with the LaCie Little Big Disk."   

The Little Big Disk weighs in a svelte 1.5 pounds and comes equipped with two 250GB Intel 510 Series solid state drives (which haven't even been officially announced yet). 

According to VR Zone, the Intel 510 Series SSDs have maximum read speeds of 470MB/sec and maximum writes of 315MB/sec. Interestingly, the SSDs are still built in 34nm NAND flash technology. The drives will be available in 120GB ($280) and 250GB ($580) capacities when they are officially launched on March 1. 

As for LaCie's Little Big Disk, it will be available later this summer at an undisclosed price.

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RE: Lacie = expensive
By zorxd on 2/24/2011 7:47:53 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah but there are no USB3, Firewire 3200 or Lightpeak drives. They all are SATA internally. A SATA drive in a shinny metal case won't be faster because you add a 10 Gbps interface port to it.

RE: Lacie = expensive
By Lerianis on 2/25/2011 12:35:56 AM , Rating: 2
Uh, hold it.... no, they are not all SATA internally. They may APPEAR to be that at first glance, but if they were, you could take the drives out of the cases and hook them up to a regular computers SATA connections if you had a converter.
You cannot do that.

RE: Lacie = expensive
By Uarmm on 2/25/2011 9:10:46 AM , Rating: 3
They ARE all SATA (or IDE if you have an old one) and CAN be just taken out of the case and put into a desktop using normal SATA cables with no additional converter. All external drives just have one or more normal 3.5 or 2.5 inch consumer hard drives inside them.

RE: Lacie = expensive
By ninjit on 2/25/2011 8:50:17 PM , Rating: 2
Uh...actually that's exactly what you CAN do
I do it all the time - rip open external drives (USB/firewire/eSATA) and take the drives out to put directly into a machine, or vice versa.

Older externals maybe IDE instead of SATA inside, but that was still the internal standard back then, and you could do the same thing.

No external storage manufacturer is going to use a proprietary interface for the guts of their hard drives, when they can easily, and cheapily, use exisiting standard drives.

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