Register FAQ / Rules Forum Spy Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Go Back   MacRumors Forums > News and Article Discussion > Mac Blog Discussion

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Oct 9, 2012, 02:00 PM   #1
MacRumors
macrumors bot
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
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.
Quote:
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
MacRumors is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 9, 2012, 02:03 PM   #2
appleguy123
macrumors 603
 
appleguy123's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: 15 minutes in the future
So expensive... I really just want something to plug into Thunderbolt that I don't have to pay upwards of $1000 for.
__________________
[Steve Jobs was] brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it. -Barack Obama
appleguy123 is offline   13 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 9, 2012, 02:04 PM   #3
kas23
macrumors 603
 
kas23's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Yeah, it's fast and full of awesome. Still prohibitively expensive. Let's give it another 2-3 years.
kas23 is offline   4 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 9, 2012, 02:15 PM   #4
desiPM
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
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…
desiPM is offline   10 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 9, 2012, 02:33 PM   #5
bedifferent
macrumors Demi-God
 
bedifferent's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: NY
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")
bedifferent is offline   5 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 9, 2012, 02:40 PM   #6
skystuntz
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Alligators, Oranges and Hurricanes.
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...
__________________
15" MBP Retina iPhone 5 (64GB)
skystuntz is offline   4 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 9, 2012, 02:48 PM   #7
guzhogi
macrumors 68020
 
guzhogi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Wherever my feet take me…
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.
guzhogi is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 9, 2012, 03:03 PM   #8
Mike Oxard
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Pity you can't buy a Mac Pro with a thunderbolt port to plug this drive into.
Mike Oxard is offline   4 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 9, 2012, 03:14 PM   #9
needfx
macrumors 68020
 
needfx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: sizing things up, or down
so what LaCie is really telling us, is that what "creative pros on the go" really need, are power outlets & multi-sockets?
__________________
flickr

Last edited by needfx; Oct 9, 2012 at 03:52 PM. Reason: syntax
needfx is offline   8 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 9, 2012, 03:19 PM   #10
olowott
macrumors 6502a
 
olowott's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Dundee, UK
Send a message via MSN to olowott
Fast
Expensive
Cute
__________________
iPhone 5s 32gb SpaceGrey -- 2011 13" Macbook pr-- iPhone 4s 16gb -- iPAD 2 32gb
olowott is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 9, 2012, 03:35 PM   #11
velocityg4
macrumors 68040
 
velocityg4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Georgia
The maximum speed seems fairly unimpressive considering I can get a single 512GB SATA III SSD that can do 560MB/s. In RAID 0 this should be able to get to 1GB/s. This is thunderbolt after all, which is rated for 10Gb/s or 1.25 GB/s.

Heck with my two year old old 128GB SSD drives rated at 260MB/s each in RAID 0 I've gone past 500MB/s.
__________________
Quadra 650 040 33MHz 72MB RAM, 2GB HD, 2x CD
Macbook C2D 2.0Ghz; 3GB RAM, 500GB HD
Home Made i5 4.0Ghz, GeForce 560 Ti, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD RAID 0, 3TB HD RAID 0 in a G5 Case.
velocityg4 is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 9, 2012, 03:38 PM   #12
jclardy
macrumors 68020
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Quote:
Originally Posted by bedifferent View Post
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.
__________________
Swift Fox Software | Amounts - Expense Tracker | Rocket Chimp | TargetTap Lite | TargetTap
jclardy is offline   4 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 9, 2012, 04:00 PM   #13
needfx
macrumors 68020
 
needfx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: sizing things up, or down
Quote:
Originally Posted by jclardy View Post
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?

--edit

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
__________________
flickr

Last edited by needfx; Oct 9, 2012 at 04:13 PM.
needfx is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 9, 2012, 04:00 PM   #14
ZipZap
macrumors 68040
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Wouldn't the drobo mini be a better buy?

Mini Me
ZipZap is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 9, 2012, 04:03 PM   #15
ChrisA
macrumors G4
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Redondo Beach, California
Quote:
Originally Posted by kas23 View Post
Yeah, it's fast and full of awesome. Still prohibitively expensive. Let's give it another 2-3 years.
This is targeted at people who are maybe editing video. So the 1TB version costs $1,000. My question is, "What did it cost you to shoot 1TB of footage?"

So now you have 1TB drive filled with video. Even if the drive cost $1,000 that is "nothing" compared to the cost of the data on the drive. So it is affordable to people who have a real use for this. It is not meant to be used by people for web surfing and email.
ChrisA is offline   5 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 9, 2012, 04:07 PM   #16
Supa_Fly
macrumors 68030
 
Supa_Fly's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Send a message via MSN to Supa_Fly
Quote:
Originally Posted by ZipZap View Post
Wouldn't the drobo mini be a better buy?

Mini Me
EXCELLENT FIND Sir!!
__________________
2008 Al_MB 2.4Ghz C2D 4GB/256GB HDD/256MB Nvidia 9400M| Panther Dog Tags | Z10 | 2010 Mac Switcher
Supa_Fly is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 9, 2012, 04:19 PM   #17
kas23
macrumors 603
 
kas23's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Quote:
Originally Posted by ChrisA View Post
This is targeted at people who are maybe editing video. So the 1TB version costs $1,000. My question is, "What did it cost you to shoot 1TB of footage?"

So now you have 1TB drive filled with video. Even if the drive cost $1,000 that is "nothing" compared to the cost of the data on the drive. So it is affordable to people who have a real use for this. It is not meant to be used by people for web surfing and email.
Do you know what percentage of the consumer population makes up what you describe above? These drives can't just be targeting the population you describe. I'm sure there are a handful of customers who would drop a grand for one of these. It would make no financial sense for Lacie to target such a restricted population. This is why Apple's slowly getting out of the Mac Pro business and already killed off the 17-inch MBP and Mac Server.

Nevertheless, these are still too expensive for the even above-average consumer, which Lacie and most drive makers make the majority of their revenue from.
kas23 is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 9, 2012, 04:24 PM   #18
needfx
macrumors 68020
 
needfx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: sizing things up, or down
Quote:
Originally Posted by ZipZap View Post
Wouldn't the drobo mini be a better buy?

Mini Me
still no usb on the mini
__________________
flickr
needfx is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 9, 2012, 04:30 PM   #19
OriginalMacRat
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Quote:
Originally Posted by appleguy123 View Post
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.
OriginalMacRat is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 9, 2012, 04:34 PM   #20
Fandongo
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Space
Quote:
Originally Posted by bedifferent View Post
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")
True, I'd much rather have a cheap 2x Thunderbolt 2x 2.5" shell.
Curious why they can't push 900+MB/s read/writes.

"Only TB" shouldn't be an issue.

You would think a Thunderbolt-->USB Cables would have been the first thing in existence. You know, instead of all these stupid exorbitantly expensive docks--coming September 2011. Whenever that is.

----------

Quote:
Originally Posted by ZipZap View Post
Wouldn't the drobo mini be a better buy?

Mini Me
This is an exciting step in the right direction, good work drobo.
Still, the cost...
__________________
"There is no good and evil, there is only power, and those too weak to seek it."
Fandongo is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 9, 2012, 04:59 PM   #21
jayducharme
macrumors 68020
 
jayducharme's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: The thick of it
Quote:
Originally Posted by needfx View Post
still no usb on the mini
Did you miss this?

Quote:
with cutting-edge Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 connectivity and innovative use of solid state drives (SSDs)
jayducharme is offline   3 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 9, 2012, 05:09 PM   #22
manu chao
macrumors 68020
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Quote:
Originally Posted by skystuntz View Post
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).

----------

Quote:
Originally Posted by guzhogi View Post
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.
manu chao is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 9, 2012, 05:10 PM   #23
needfx
macrumors 68020
 
needfx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: sizing things up, or down
Quote:
Originally Posted by jayducharme View Post
Did you miss this?
evidently I did

I even looked at the photo and ignored the blue port on the back too
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	drobo-mini-back.jpg
Views:	175
Size:	49.7 KB
ID:	368101  
__________________
flickr
needfx is offline   3 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 9, 2012, 05:42 PM   #24
HMI
macrumors 6502a
 
HMI's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Would it really be that difficult to add usb3 to any of these TB drives? This is pissing me off. I don't want to choose between usb3 and TB. I want both.

I really don't see any reason why all of these drives offer TB only. That's assuming everyone has a new Mac already, along with the extra cash to buy all these expensive drives. Adding USB3 means that anyone with an older computer can actually connect this thing now, rather than needing to buy a new computer first. It seems this fact alone means that adding USB3 to these TB drives is in their best interest. Leaving these with TB alone is too limiting for connectivity issues at this time.
HMI is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 9, 2012, 06:02 PM   #25
g4cube
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Drobo mini:
+ 2 x Thunderbolt + 1 x USB 3.0
+ accepts 4 x 2.5" HDD or SSD

- $649
- does not include any drives

So the $699 512GB seems like a better buy, unless you can find 2 x 256GB SSD for $50

Since the Drobo website doesn't list any performance benchmarks, anyone have a clue of the performance to expect with the Drobo?
g4cube is offline   2 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > News and Article Discussion > Mac Blog Discussion

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
LaCie's 'Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2' Now Available for $1299 MacRumors Mac Blog Discussion 67 Jul 29, 2014 06:35 AM
Lacie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 ApplesAOranges Mac Pro 17 Mar 30, 2014 11:06 AM
Lacie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt™ 2 ABCDEF-Hex Mac Peripherals 6 Jan 8, 2014 01:14 AM
Lacie big disk thunderbolt change disk? Jeantro Mac Peripherals 13 Jan 5, 2013 01:52 PM

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:13 PM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC