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Old Jan 5, 2014, 09:42 PM   #1
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CES 2014: LaCie Debuts 'Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2' With Transfer Speeds Up to 1375 MB/s




LaCie today announced the Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2, one of the first external hard drives that will support Intel's new Thunderbolt 2 specification to deliver transfer speeds of up to 1375 MB/s, significantly faster than USB 3.0 drives.

Little Big Disk includes two 500 GB PCIe solid state drives from Samsung in a Raid-0 configuration and is able to support mobile streaming and editing of both 4K and 3D video. The drive features a fully aluminum enclosure with a Mac Pro-style black finish along with an optimized interior design that improves cooling efficiency.

The drive includes a thermoregulated fan that turns on only when necessary, producing little to no noise, and it also ships with an included Thunderbolt cable and a three year warranty.

AnandTech has posted a mini review of the Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2, and in testing, found 1400 MB/s in sequential read speed along with 1100 MB/s write speed. Engadget saw similar results at CES, observing write speeds of 1200 MB/s and read speeds of 1300Mb/s. A 300 GB file transferred in approximately four minutes.
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Thankfully, the drives that were set up ahead of our arrival, and had been sorting files for some time, remained at nearly room temp. With two of the Thunderbolt 2 drives set up in RAID 0, we witnessed 2,000 MB/s write speeds and 2,600 MB/s read numbers.
The LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 will be available during the first quarter of 2014 from LaCie.com. Pricing has yet to be announced.

Article Link: CES 2014: LaCie Debuts 'Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2' With Transfer Speeds Up to 1375 MB/s
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Old Jan 5, 2014, 09:43 PM   #2
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Old Jan 5, 2014, 09:45 PM   #3
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Let me guess, $999?
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Let me guess, $999?
No... $999.99 duh.
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Old Jan 5, 2014, 09:50 PM   #5
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This is one of those things where if you have to ask how much it is, you can't afford it. You probably don't need it, either. But hey, a guy can dream.
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And 500GB or 1TB...that's PERFECT for 4K editing because those file sizes are 4 times smaller!
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Awesome performance in RAID 0, but golly gosh, all my experience with OSX software RAID 0 has ended in the data eventually becoming corrupted, and strange behaviour. I'd be more likely to run this as two separate 500GB volumes. Literally EVERY time I have used RAID 0 for anything important, it's resulted in failure.
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Awesome performance in RAID 0, but golly gosh, all my experience with OSX software RAID 0 has ended in the data eventually becoming corrupted, and strange behaviour. I'd be more likely to run this as two separate 500GB volumes. Literally EVERY time I have used RAID 0 for anything important, it's resulted in failure.

Really.. I've been on raid 0 since 2008 and never had 1 issue.
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What the cost...

500GB SSDs are about $350 retail. LaCie can get them OEM so they'll pay quite a bit less. Let's assume it's $250 per drive: 2 x SSD = $500, case = $10, Lightning chip = $20. Total = $530. Knowing LaCie, they will sell this for $1000.

Not that they have solid reputation to begin with. My friend had a "Porsche-designed" external HDD that failed in 5 months. The replacement failed after 2 months. And after that, he just bought another one.
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500GB SSDs are about $350 retail. LaCie can get them OEM so they'll pay quite a bit less. Let's assume it's $250 per drive: 2 x SSD = $500, case = $10, Lightning chip = $20. Total = $530. Knowing LaCie, they will sell this for $1000.

Not that they have solid reputation to begin with. My friend had a "Porsche-designed" external HDD that failed in 5 months. The replacement failed after 2 months. And after that, he just bought another one.
That is why I would rather spend the extra $430 and get a 8TB (4 disk) Pegasus2 raid5 array.
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Exactly, the 'Little Big Disk' barely breaks 11Gb/s out of the 20Gb/s TB2 has.
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I might buy one of these. My original Thunderbolt Little Big Disk has been great. I'd love it if this one cut out the constant fan noise.
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Do TB1 and TB2 use the same cable?
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Let me guess, $999?
The current Thunderbolt (1) Little Big Disk with 1TB SSD costs $999.95 at the Apple Store and at Amazon. I am hoping the price stays the same.

From reading through the reviews, it seems the only issues from the current version were fan noise and heat, so I also hope Lacie fixed all that.
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Never really cared for the styling of LaCie's products. Why do they have that ugly eyeball shaped button on all their stuff? I like the look of G-Tech's hard drives though.
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500GB SSDs are about $350 retail. LaCie can get them OEM so they'll pay quite a bit less. Let's assume it's $250 per drive: 2 x SSD = $500, case = $10, Lightning chip = $20. Total = $530. Knowing LaCie, they will sell this for $1000.
If you can get these for $700 (2x$350) retail, if you had a PC (or old Mac Pro) you would save $300 by installing internally. So this is a $300 tax for having the new small Mac Pro.
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Why do they have that ugly eyeball shaped button on all their stuff?
"La-See"..... you should definitely tape metal foil over that.
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They are using PCIe SSD, not SATA3. Regular SATA3 SSD's go up to 500MB/sec so with two of them you can't break 1000MB/sec.

So you can't simply buy bigger drives and put them in I suppose.
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Do TB1 and TB2 use the same cable?
Yes, fully backward compatible, same cables & connectors.
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Why do they have that ugly eyeball shaped button on all their stuff? I like the look of G-Tech's hard drives though.
What? Never seen 2001: Space Odyssey?

And why does G-Technology always have that big "G" logo on their stuff too? Not being a smart ass but I'll take the eye over the G.
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Let me guess, $999?
This isnt for the average home consumer so even if it is $1k, so what?
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Are people generally satisfied with LaCie drives?

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If you can get these for $700 (2x$350) retail, if you had a PC (or old Mac Pro) you would save $300 by installing internally. So this is a $300 tax for having the new small Mac Pro.
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This isnt for the average home consumer so even if it is $1k, so what?
Because businesses don't turn a profit by overpaying for everything they buy.

At last count I had about 70TB worth of external hard drives. Based on your logic, If each of those cost $1000 and were $300 overpriced, I'd have pissed away $21,000. I could hire a part time employee for that and it would be more productive than a Lacie external drive.

When you have a business and are buying these things all the time, it's even more important to get good value.
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