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LaCie Introduces World’s First USB 3.0 RAID Storage Solution

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LaCie today announced the availability of the first RAID storage solution to incorporate the new USB 3.0 technology – the LaCie 2big USB 3.0. In addition to the 2big USB 3.0, LaCie also announces the availability of its award-winning single-disk professional solution with a USB 3.0 port – the LaCie d2 USB 3.0. Developed for professionals who require high capacity and fast transfer speeds, the LaCie 2big USB 3.0 offers the highest performances ever achieved in a USB 3.0 external storage solution, up to 205 MB/s – setting a new standard in the market.

The LaCie 2big USB 3.0 is available with up to 4TB, allowing users to store and transfer large files without waiting. In fact, you can transfer a 50GB Blu-ray disk in less than five minutes, which is six times faster than USB 2.0. The 2big USB 3.0 is backward compatible with USB 2.0, making it dependable for transfers with any workstation.



The 2big USB 3.0 includes two 7200 rpm hot-swappable hard disks and features three RAID modes for performance and security. Choose the "Fast" mode (RAID 0) to enjoy the full speed and capacity of the 2big USB 3.0, or choose the "Safe" mode (RAID 1) for full data protection against disk failure. A JBOD mode is also available for users willing to mount the two disks separately for scheduled backups using the included LaCie Backup software for Mac or PC.

"We are proud to announce the first RAID storage solution to fully leverage the performance of the USB 3.0 interface," said Clement Barberis, Product Manager for LaCie’s Professional Desktop Solutions department. "Developed for users that require sizeable data flow, such as print professionals, recording engineers, and video producers, the 2big USB 3.0 allows them to take advantage of high capacities while delivering industry-leading transfer speeds."

In addition to its award-winning fanless and ultra-quiet heat sink design, the LaCie 2big USB 3.0 provides advanced power management through customizable sleep and deep sleep modes – making it as efficient and eco-friendly.

Availability
The LaCie 2big USB 3.0 comes with capacities up to 4TB, 3-Year Warranty and Advance Care Option and is available through the LaCie Online Store, LaCie Reseller+, and LaCie Storage Partner starting at $349.99. For more information, visit the product page.
 
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What do you gain by USB instead of eSATA in such a storage appliance ? I mean it would be ok to have a possibility of USB 3.0 or eSATA but this lacks eSATA.
 

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what?

i've seen a few RAID enclosures with USB 3.0 on the market for a while now

caleb: USB 2.0 compatibility, and none of the E-sata issues (like running into problems with no port multiplier support, cough intel controllers cough)
 
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Looks pretty sharp and price isn't too bad I guess (as far as LaCie goes). $350/2TB and $580/4TB. If only they sold a 0TB option. There are a lot of crap enclosures out there.