LaCie Launches 'Rugged' Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 Portable Drives

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    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 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.

    Article Link: LaCie Launches 'Rugged' Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 Portable Drives
     
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    Pricing isn't too bad.
     
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    The prices for SSD/TB start to become more attractive imo.
     
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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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    available in Cheez Nip Yellow!
     
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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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    Otherwise known as orange

    on topic, very tempted, seems good value
     
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    Awesome! This will be my next external.
     
  9. macrumors member

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    5400rpm drive? may as well just use USB 2.0

    SSD options look nice though
     
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    Finally, the price is falling, but the drive is butt ugly. Pass until they make something like half an inch thick or something.

    Also, I don't know the exact specifics, but is it not possible to add a second thunderbolt port for daisy chaining on a TB power bussed drive? I'd like to see some Thunderbolt daisy chaining singular platter drives that are bus powered. No RAIDs please.
     
  11. AngerDanger, Sep 25, 2012
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    With a bulgy design like that, it better be able to float on water or something.

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    *of course it doesn't
     
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    Very good prices, especially with the Thunderbolt cable included.

    Considering their orange rugged line is usually more expensive, I can't wait to see the price of their regular, non-rugged line:

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    Agreed!!! It's a steal!!! It's just a shame that it doesn't have two thunderbolt ports on it.
     
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    I will take a A/C power cord anytime vs only having one thunderbolt port on a device. Those of us with the current iMac 21.5 (and other thunderbolt equipped computers) really need some devices that do not end the chain. (As an alternative, could someone develop a thunderbolt hub device like USB has to give more ports that way?)

    Still, I am glad to start to see more affordable SSD options, when it comes time to upgrade to SSD, I don't want to have to open the iMac at all.
     
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    Yeah, that makes NO sense at all. Like trying to run a ferrari on grass and oats (or put high-octane gas in a draft horse).
     
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    avoid contact with water; risk of scuffing
     
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    How is this a good deal if you can buy a Samsung M3 1TB USB 3 hard drive for $ 105?

    http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-M3-Po...qid=1348599931&sr=8-1&keywords=Samsung+M3+1TB

    Thunderbolt or USB 3 doesn't matter right now in therms of speed for single drives and the rugged enclosure doesn't really help that much with ordinary hard drives, but paying $ 145 more for luxury is useless.

    The SSD version could at least be only a case, in case you want to swap the drive. Then it could be a good value for the money. Otherwise this is a ripoff.
     
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    Fairly good prices, plus no need for a power adapter (right?) is great!
     
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    I like your reason :D
     
  20. macrumors regular

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    You're right -- assuming you have USB 3.0. I have two one-year old Macs that don't have USB 3.0 but do have Thunderbolt. I guess I could get a Thunderbolt to FireWire 800 adapter, but if I wanted a fast mobile hard drive for my Air, this would seem to be an easy way to go.
     
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    Not really, the SSD ones will be much faster than USB 3 external SSDs. Maybe you don't need the extra speed but let's not compare USB 3 and Thunderbolt external SSDs as they don't provide the same performance. At this price the speed/price ratio is getting better with Thunderbolt.

    As for the HDD one, it's true that there's no performance gain over USB 3 but let's not forget that there's a bunch of Macs sold in the last two years and even right now that have Thunderbolt but no USB 3 ports. Those people may want to get speeds over USB 2 without changing their whole computer.
     
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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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    errr- no. I can edit 1080p off my rugged 5400 FW800. Definitely not off the same drive when connected up USB 2 (which it also has)
     
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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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    a rugged external SSD :rolleyes: obviously trying to profit from ignorant people.
     

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