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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2011 10:50 pm    Post subject: LaCie Shipping Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Series [U] Reply with quote

LaCie Shipping Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Series
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
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And so it begins. LaCie has started shipping out their Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Series of external hard drives. Featuring a pair of 2.5-inch drives in a Mac OS RAID configuration, the Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Series delivers stunning read speeds of more than 480MB/s in SSD and up to 190MB/s in HDD. They are available now from the Apple Store, with a 1TB HDD version priced at $400 and a 2TB HDD version at $500. There's no word on pricing or availability for a 240GB SSD version, but we'll keep you posted.

Update: Apple has apparently removed the 1TB and 2TB HDD versions from their online store. There are new listings now for 250GB ($900) and 500GB ($1500) SSD versions, with shipping estimates of 1-2 weeks.



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 12:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The 2TB model only has 5400 rpm drives inside the darn thing. That really doesn't scream performance.

I would just love to have an empty 3.5" enclosure from like OWC or Macally. That's thunderbolt route I'd like to take.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 12:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ouch on the price, but me still wants one.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 12:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's nice to see LaCie getting back to basics with this drive. As well as being first to market with a Thunderbolt drive. I've always been a fan of their products, but felt like they have been drifting lately with some strange looking products.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice. I should be able to play with one at work soon Smile

I'm sure we will sell a few of these regardless of price.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They're not cheap, but I actually thought they might cost more when the pricing was announced.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They pulled the 1tb and 2tb units now just 899 for the 250gb ssd and 1499 for the 500gb ssd
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No way no how. They are obviously price gouging due to being one of the first out with a thunderbolt drive. Ultimately others will come out with Thunderbolt enclosures and the price will drop like a rock. I am waiting until sanity returns to this segment of the external HDD market. I just don't like being a sucker.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2011 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is the 7200 rpm setup even faster then new Mac Mini Server internal drives if they were striped? There is more bandwidth right?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2011 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

naabi0 wrote:
Is the 7200 rpm setup even faster then new Mac Mini Server internal drives if they were striped? There is more bandwidth right?



no . the 7200rpm drives are not faster then then two internal server ones. the internal drives can max at 90 plus 90 or 180 MB/s at a long read/write the internal ports can handle more then 400MB/s each.

so you can put in two fast ssds in a mini and stripe them and get speeds over 600MB/s


the lacie unit is very good for 2011 iMac users you can hook the 2 x 500 unit up as a boot drive and use the internal hdd as you backup. you have a faster bootdrive then the internal drive and the age old problem of a dead internal hdd is solved.

I manage to get a 2 x 500 lacie and a t-bolt cable for a total of 385 instead of 448 plus tax. i will look into dropping in 2 samsung ssds and building a 512gb ssd unit for about 950 total vs the lacie price of 1499 for a 500 gb total.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2011 11:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would love to have one, but will wait for the price to drop. It's also a bit hard to justify for me, since I also have a Windows machine with USB 3.0 - it be nice to use with Thunderbolt and USB 3.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 23, 2011 1:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They also look to be pretty small too.

I would love to have one, but it's sort of early adopter pricing at this point.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 23, 2011 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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you have a faster bootdrive then the internal drive



Is the external drive faster for the imac because it's 2 drives striped instead of 1?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 23, 2011 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

naabi0 wrote:
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you have a faster bootdrive then the internal drive



Is the external drive faster for the imac because it's 2 drives striped instead of 1?


yes if you have a 2011 iMac with the 1tb or the 2tb hdd this lacie is a good deal quicker then the internal.. you can use the lacie as your bootdrive and clone it to the internal once a week as your backup.

for the mini if you are into diy it is less important because you can put any 2 drives you want into a mini and stripe them. most drives not all drives will stripe in a mini.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2011 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

a little off subject, but does anyone here know of a nice dual 2.5" firewire 800 enclosure that is out on the market?
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