LaCie Launches Thunderbolt SATA III SSD 'Little Big Disk' with Up to 635MB/s Read

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.
    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
  2. macrumors 603


    Apr 1, 2009
    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.
  3. macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007
    Yeah, it's fast and full of awesome. Still prohibitively expensive. Let's give it another 2-3 years.
  4. macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 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…
  5. macrumors 603


    Jan 8, 2009
    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")
  6. macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2012
    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... :cool:
  7. macrumors 68020


    Aug 31, 2003
    Wherever my feet take me…
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2009
    Pity you can't buy a Mac Pro with a thunderbolt port to plug this drive into.
  9. needfx, Oct 9, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2012

    macrumors 68030


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
    so what LaCie is really telling us, is that what "creative pros on the go" really need, are power outlets & multi-sockets?
  10. macrumors 6502a


    May 25, 2011
    Dundee, UK
    Fast :eek:
    Expensive :mad:
  11. macrumors 68040


    Dec 19, 2004
    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.
  12. macrumors 68020


    Oct 6, 2008
    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.
  13. needfx, Oct 9, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2012

    macrumors 68030


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
    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?


    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
  14. macrumors 68040

    Dec 14, 2007
    Wouldn't the drobo mini be a better buy?

    Mini Me
  15. macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    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.
  16. macrumors 68030


    May 30, 2002
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    EXCELLENT FIND Sir!!:apple:
  17. macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007
    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.
  18. macrumors 68030


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
    still no usb on the mini
  19. macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2007
    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.
  20. macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2011
    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.


    This is an exciting step in the right direction, good work drobo.
    Still, the cost...
  21. macrumors 68020


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    Did you miss this?

  22. macrumors 68040

    Jul 30, 2003
    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).


    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.
  23. macrumors 68030


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
    evidently I did

    I even looked at the photo and ignored the blue port on the back too

    Attached Files:

  24. HMI
    macrumors 6502a


    May 23, 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.
  25. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 22, 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 :D

    Since the Drobo website doesn't list any performance benchmarks, anyone have a clue of the performance to expect with the Drobo?

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