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Old Sep 25, 2012, 01:17 PM   #1
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LaCie Launches 'Rugged' Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 Portable Drives




LaCie has released a new entry in its Rugged series of portable storage drives. This time, it's a Thunderbolt/USB3 offering that comes equipped with a 1TB 5400rpm hard drive or either a 120GB or 256GB 6Gb/s solid state drive. LaCie says the SSD runs at speeds of up to 380MB/s.




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The LaCie Rugged brings two industry leading technologies, USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt together so users can experience the fastest transfer speeds available on PC or Mac. The LaCie Rugged SSD delivers record-breaking speeds up to 380MB/s - making it the fastest bus-powered product ever. Respectively, the hard disk version performs up to 110MB/s, a 35 percent improvement over FireWire 800. Whether you are a photographer, videographer, or power user, the LaCie Rugged can move 10GB in a few seconds and ensure zero lag-time when accessing files, viewing photos, or editing videos.
The 1TB version is $249, while the 120GB and 256GB SSD's are $199 and $349 respectively. They're available at Apple Stores and at LaCie.com.

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Old Sep 25, 2012, 01:19 PM   #2
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Pricing isn't too bad.
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Old Sep 25, 2012, 01:24 PM   #3
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Wow, thats a BIG price drop in mobile SSD drives.

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fugly though ... and whyTF do i need shock protection on an SSD drive? Make it tiny
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Old Sep 25, 2012, 01:25 PM   #4
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available in Cheez Nip Yellow!
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Old Sep 25, 2012, 01:28 PM   #5
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With cable!

Thunderbolt and USB 3 cables included makes this a real deal. 2m Thunderbolt cable is $49 and the FW/USB3 model is $200 - the only extra charge is for the cable really. Good job LaCie.
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Old Sep 25, 2012, 01:43 PM   #6
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Thunderbolt and USB 3 cables included makes this a real deal. 2m Thunderbolt cable is $49 and the FW/USB3 model is $200 - the only extra charge is for the cable really. Good job LaCie.
Agreed!!! It's a steal!!! It's just a shame that it doesn't have two thunderbolt ports on it.
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Old Sep 25, 2012, 01:29 PM   #7
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on topic, very tempted, seems good value
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Old Sep 25, 2012, 01:30 PM   #8
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5400rpm drive? may as well just use USB 2.0

SSD options look nice though
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Old Sep 25, 2012, 11:06 PM   #9
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Wow, thats a BIG price drop in mobile SSD drives.

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fugly though ... and whyTF do i need shock protection on an SSD drive? Make it tiny
Coz not all of the models are SSD
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Old Sep 25, 2012, 01:21 PM   #10
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The prices for SSD/TB start to become more attractive imo.
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Old Sep 25, 2012, 01:30 PM   #11
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Awesome! This will be my next external.
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Old Sep 25, 2012, 02:59 PM   #12
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Hmm, i'll have to see a review for these. $199 would be nice as an external video editing drive. Only problem would be that I can't plug into my external monitor and the drive at the same time...unless I bought an Apple Thunderbolt Display.
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Old Sep 25, 2012, 03:03 PM   #13
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Big fan of these drives. I have several. Glad to see they're on time for the new technology unlike so many other companies.
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Old Sep 25, 2012, 03:07 PM   #14
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a rugged external SSD obviously trying to profit from ignorant people.
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Old Sep 25, 2012, 08:37 PM   #15
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a rugged external SSD obviously trying to profit from ignorant people.
Why? It looks pretty cool and the prices are reasonable.

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All right then.
Anyway, the product is poor because it is huge and doesn't provide you a way to change the drive.
You can't use it for video editing (the space is low)
There is a 1TB option... (although it runs at 100MB/s instead of 300+), but still.
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Old Sep 26, 2012, 02:15 AM   #16
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Almost into a normal price range....
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Old Sep 26, 2012, 02:25 AM   #17
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Not sure a 5400rpm drive will be able to benefit from thunderbolt speeds over USB 3.0...

I recently bought the LaCie rugged mini 500GB 7200rpm and so far have been really impressed by speeds over USB 3.0 - just over 100MB/s in time machine backups.
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Old Sep 26, 2012, 09:07 AM   #18
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I know what I'm picking up tomorrow! I've been looking for a solid external with Thunderbolt!
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I still have a LaCie Hard Drive from 2003... these things last forever. I definitely am getting interested, but I'm going to wait for some more of a price drop. At least Thunderbolt is in the realm of obtainable now.
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Old Sep 27, 2012, 08:46 AM   #20
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Just ordered this thru the Apple Store App on my phone this morning! Gonna pick this up after work with another Lightning cable.
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a rugged external SSD obviously trying to profit from ignorant people.
Nothing ignorant about it. SSD + rugged case = ultimate in durability. Plus at a good price.
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What I don't get is why make a thunderbolt product with only 1 port. It's made to be daisy chained, my buddy has a 2011 mbp and he's looking for a fast hd but the cheaper thunderbolt drives aren't an option because he hooks his display into the 1 tb port and he doesn't have a tb display.
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why the hell would anyone buy a 5400rpm thunderbolt drive?
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Old Sep 25, 2012, 07:27 PM   #24
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When is some manufacturer just going to give us what we actually want, just an external thunderbolt case that we can decide which drive we want to put in ourselves? (3.5")
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Old Sep 25, 2012, 08:38 PM   #25
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Slightly different. I have a Seagate Goflex that came with USB3 (MBA is only USB2) and has 5400 drive. I run virtual machines and thought this would be great. No so - too slow. Got the TB adapter and it made a significant difference. Then managed to open the GoFlex and installed an Intel 256GB SSD and I can't tell that the data isn't on the internal drive. USB+5400 - Lada/Skoda; TB+SSD - ferrari with nitro
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