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Old Oct 9, 2012, 02:00 PM   #1
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LaCie Launches Thunderbolt SATA III SSD 'Little Big Disk' with Up to 635MB/s Read




LaCie has announced a new addition to its Little Big Disk line with a pair of RAID'd SATA III solid state drives in either 512GB or 1TB total capacity. The company positions the drives towards "the creative pro on the go", supporting either RAID 1 for security, or RAID 0 for extra speed.
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Today, LaCie announced that the Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Series, design by Neil Poulton, now features SATA III SSDs (6Gb/s interface). With read speeds up to 635MB/s, the LaCie Little Big Disk is the fastest portable Thunderbolt solution on the market. It can transfer a 50GB project in less than two minutes or edit six uncompressed 422 streams at the same time. A game changer for content creators and professional users - the LaCie Little Big Disk delivers fibre channel rackmount speeds in a portable solution.
The SSD models include one Thunderbolt cable and are priced at $699 for the 512GB model, and $999 for the 1TB model.

Article Link: LaCie Launches Thunderbolt SATA III SSD 'Little Big Disk' with Up to 635MB/s Read
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Old Oct 9, 2012, 02:03 PM   #2
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So expensive... I really just want something to plug into Thunderbolt that I don't have to pay upwards of $1000 for.
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Old Oct 9, 2012, 04:30 PM   #3
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So expensive... I really just want something to plug into Thunderbolt that I don't have to pay upwards of $1000 for.
We'll just have to wait until Other World Computing comes out with their branded thunderbolt enclosures. They are really good about quality and value pricing.
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Old Oct 9, 2012, 07:28 PM   #4
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So expensive... I really just want something to plug into Thunderbolt that I don't have to pay upwards of $1000 for.
Try this,
http://www.macmall.com/p/LaCie-Hard-...32~pdp.hhbeafj


Its refurbished from Lacie, I got it and works like a champ. I am getting around 300 MB/sec from this thunderbolt drive.
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Old Oct 10, 2012, 10:05 AM   #5
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I've got a LaCie Wireless Space NAS and it's bloody dreadful. It's horrible to set up and use; if I leave a load of stuff (say a season of House) downloading to it (I have my iTunes library on it) over night or while I'm at work I'll get back and find most of them have failed (err -50), and yesterday it just stopped appearing as a drive (still available as a wireless hotspot). Never again.
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Old Oct 10, 2012, 10:09 AM   #6
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I've got a LaCie Wireless Space NAS and it's bloody dreadful. It's horrible to set up and use; if I leave a load of stuff (say a season of House) downloading to it (I have my iTunes library on it) over night or while I'm at work I'll get back and find most of them have failed (err -50), and yesterday it just stopped appearing as a drive (still available as a wireless hotspot). Never again.
Don't know about wireless NAS. My thunderbolt drive is running like a champ. No noise and when its at RAID 0 its operating at around 300 MB/sec. As good as a SSD(without RAID).

And I always had WD drives fail on my PC so I stay away from it. But I guess it comes down to what works for you.

I am happy with my Lacie TB drive. Can't beat the price at the moment and planning on getting another one. It turns out, my internal drive in my iMac is now slower than my Lacie thunderbolt drive. Thinking of installing the OS X on the external Lacie drive.
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Old Oct 10, 2012, 10:20 AM   #7
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Don't know about wireless NAS. My thunderbolt drive is running like a champ. No noise and when its at RAID 0 its operating at around 300 MB/sec. As good as a SSD(without RAID).

And I always had WD drives fail on my PC so I stay away from it. But I guess it comes down to what works for you.

I am happy with my Lacie TB drive. Can't beat the price at the moment and planning on getting another one. It turns out, my internal drive in my iMac is now slower than my Lacie thunderbolt drive. Thinking of installing the OS X on the external Lacie drive.
I have to concur here...I threw in the towel and purchased a Promise Pegasus R4 a while back I run two RAID 0 arrays and am also getting in excess of 300MPS. It's a lot more flexible, allows real time editing and although the snag is the cost if the thing, I can daisy chain in another larger unit if required. The NAS solution must work well for some, too many units are being sold for it not to, but I'm sold on the Thunderbolt array solution now.
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I've got a LaCie Wireless Space NAS and it's bloody dreadful. It's horrible to set up and use; if I leave a load of stuff (say a season of House) downloading to it (I have my iTunes library on it) over night or while I'm at work I'll get back and find most of them have failed (err -50), and yesterday it just stopped appearing as a drive (still available as a wireless hotspot). Never again.
hi, if you haven't already spoken with our support staff then please give us a call or send us a ticket. This kind of behavior isn't normal and we can help figure out whats causing it and either resolve the problem or get you a new drive. ~mn, LaCie
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Old Oct 18, 2012, 03:51 PM   #9
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hi, if you haven't already spoken with our support staff then please give us a call or send us a ticket. This kind of behavior isn't normal and we can help figure out whats causing it and either resolve the problem or get you a new drive. ~mn, LaCie
Are you sure it's not normal behaviour (the error when you leave it downloading a lot of files), sounds like a software problem to me, I figured maybe it just hasn't been tested much as a target for iTunes downloads on OS X. I do have a ticket open (101933071) but they want to speak to me by phone, and I'm never at home while the support department is open

You're right, I should open a ticket about the crash, that sounds potentially hardware doesn't it? Done
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Old Oct 15, 2012, 12:43 AM   #10
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So expensive... I really just want something to plug into Thunderbolt that I don't have to pay upwards of $1000 for.

I just went with this and replaced the drive with a SSD. you can find them around the web for $190.
http://www.buffalotech.com/products/...on-thunderbolt

I had a SanDisk Extreme SSD 240 GB SATA 6.0 Gb laying around, pretty solid drive.

I am getting speeds of 255mb write, 369 read.

Nice little portable fast thunderbolt drive. for pretty cheap.
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Old Oct 17, 2012, 06:15 AM   #11
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I just went with this and replaced the drive with a SSD. you can find them around the web for $190.
http://www.buffalotech.com/products/...on-thunderbolt

I had a SanDisk Extreme SSD 240 GB SATA 6.0 Gb laying around, pretty solid drive.

I am getting speeds of 255mb write, 369 read.

Nice little portable fast thunderbolt drive. for pretty cheap.
Or this one (TB cable included)

http://www.lacie.com/us/products/product.htm?id=10599
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Old Oct 16, 2012, 09:26 PM   #12
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So expensive... I really just want something to plug into Thunderbolt that I don't have to pay upwards of $1000 for.
it's ridiculously expensive, you can get 4x250GB SSD for about $500? so another $500 for the case and cable. no hold on, they have "design" process too
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 03:23 PM   #13
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So expensive... I really just want something to plug into Thunderbolt that I don't have to pay upwards of $1000 for.
I think it'll be another few years before this happens at least significant external storage.
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Old Jun 13, 2013, 01:00 PM   #14
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Has the new LBD new chips oder why is it faster? Are there anywhere pictures of the new board inside? Or chip specs?
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Old Jun 13, 2013, 01:04 PM   #15
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Correct the older hard disk ones have slower boards than the new SSD ones.
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Old Jun 14, 2013, 06:36 AM   #16
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Does anyone know more about the new chips? Is it now possible to use any raid-case? Does it support port-multiplier? The old chip supported very few raid-enclosures which had special oxford chips (I think it was oxford).

So are there pictures of the board inside or other concrete informations about the new Little Big Disk?

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Old Oct 9, 2012, 02:04 PM   #17
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Yeah, it's fast and full of awesome. Still prohibitively expensive. Let's give it another 2-3 years.
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Old Oct 9, 2012, 02:15 PM   #18
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Lil’ big expansive disk!!

After buying this for 1000$ I just need to save up for a mac with TB so I can finally use it…
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With SSD prices on the decline, 512GB RAID SATA III with only TB at those prices is outrageous.

(never been a fan of LaCie "kwality")
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I just want to use the TB ports

I like to free up the USB 3's and use the TB ports without taking out a second mortgage. Thanks...
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MacSales has a similar device, but with Firewire & USB ports instead of thunderbolt. http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firew...W800_FW400_USB

A little more expensive, but bus powered, which is cool.
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I like to free up the USB 3's and use the TB ports without taking out a second mortgage. Thanks...
Just keep using your FW HDDs, all daisy-chained to one single port (on the rMBP or the MBA add the TB to FW adaptor). I have to say daisy-chaining alone has made the FW surcharge been worthwhile for me, plus I got better speeds for the last ten years than USB had to offer (my oldest still in use FW disk is a 20 GB drive I bought in 2002 I think).

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MacSales has a similar device, but with Firewire & USB ports instead of thunderbolt. http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firew...W800_FW400_USB

A little more expensive, but bus powered, which is cool.
The price is actually quite similar, the smaller one is cheaper than the LaCie and larger one is more expensive. Not sure if bus-powering of two 2.5" drives and a RAID controller is possible over anything but FW.
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With SSD prices on the decline, 512GB RAID SATA III with only TB at those prices is outrageous.

(never been a fan of LaCie "kwality")
Is it though? On newegg the cheapest 512GB SATA III SSD is $350 with a rebate, and it is OCZ's budget line. Other than that they range from $400-$600.

In the 1 TB drive you get two of them, plus the enclosure and a thunderbolt cable which doesn't seem to be out of line to me.
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Is it though? On newegg the cheapest 512GB SATA III SSD is $350 with a rebate, and it is OCZ's budget line. Other than that they range from $400-$600.

In the 1 TB drive you get two of them, plus the enclosure and a thunderbolt cable which doesn't seem to be out of line to me.
not sure if it is a fair comparison.
and for the 999 pricepoint, they should have at least considered adding a usb 2 port-yes, slow.
so what use is this disk for any other machine in this universe without tb?

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let's put it in context
say the "on the go pro' hits a snag with his/hers TB enriched machine.
Now, all the "on the go pro" files are in the designed for the "creative pro on the go"-not-so-portable HDD frame, and no one in a 4 sq mile radius and two zip codes has a TB machine for you to transfer your files; to a usb drive for instance, so you can resume working on that project deadline elsewhere.

yup, no, no thanks
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Wouldn't the drobo mini be a better buy?

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