There’s nothing quite like having a system fail and then realizing you hadn't backed up your data. In the back of your mind, you always knew this day might come, but procrastination and poor planning has caught you with your pants down, and you have no one to blame but yourself. “Never again!” you shout, but as your anger eventually subsides, so does your impetus to do something about it.
Peanut butter and jelly go together, and the same goes for Coke and Rum. Heck, we can think of any number of combinations that make sense, but storage and sex appeal? That's a first for us, and when we heard Seagate was combining the two, Maximum PC Online Managing Editor and self-proclaimed fashion expert Jimmy Thang made an all-out sprint for Seagate's section at the Consumer Electronics Show. What he saw was, well, himself! And you could see yourself, too, if you look at the LaCie Mirror, an external hard drive with a mirror finish.
Little Big Disk boasts transfers of up to 1,375MB/s
With content creators now making 4K videos, high-speed storage solutions are fast becoming a necessity. That shouldn't be a problem for Lacie's new Little Big Disk. Lacie, which is owned by Seagate, says its Little Big Disk is the world's fastest portable storage solution ever, and with speeds of up to 1,375MB/s, it would be hard to argue against that claim. Of course, to be in the neighborhood of those speeds, you'll need to take advantage of the drive's Thunderbolt 2 port.
Hard drive makers only recently began announcing 5TB capacity HDDs, but it looks like LaCie will be the first one to bring 5TB of external storage to market. LaCie announced today the availability of 5TB (7200 RPM) hard drive capacities in its 5big Thunderbolt, 2big Thunderbolt, and d2 Thunderbolt series of external storage solutions. And in case you're wondering, the answer is yes, the 5TB capacity LaCie is touting comes in single-drive configurations.
Lacie has a lineup of products it plans to demo at CES in Las Vegas this week, and among them is the Little Big Disk, one of the first storage solutions enabled by Thunderbolt 2. According to Lacie, it's the fastest portable storage solution on the market. By stuffing high-performance solid state drives (SSDs) inside, the Little Big Disk delivers speeds up to 1375MB/s over Thunderbolt 2.
What do fast cars and fast storage have in common? We're not sure, but let's not bemoan the pairing of LaCie and Porsche Design, a German design studio founded by Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, grandson of the Porsche founder and designer of the Porsche 911. These two firms decided to collaborate on a USB thumb drive and what they came up with is a slim, sleek, and secure stick that's made of steel.
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Not even a 10-ton truck is a match for LaCie newest flash drive (and yes, LaCie tested that claim).
Come hell or high water, or even a 10-ton truck, LaCie's new XtremKey USB 3.0 flash drive has little to worry about. As the name implies, LaCie's latest flash drive is extremely tolerant to harsh conditions, such as being submerged in water down to 200 meters (over 656 feet). It has a protective cap made of thick ZAMAC metal alloy and wear-resistant screw threads with a rubber O-ring.
When the going gets tough, most technology throws up its hands in defeat and wilts like a flower. The majority of gadgets on the market just aren’t built to face the drop-down, submerged-in-liquid realities of everyday life – just ask anybody who ever had to replace his smartphone after spilling just a few drips of soda on it.
You won’t find any of that wussy gear in this gallery.
We're constantly preaching the importance of backing up data as a preventative measure against Murphy's Law. Hard drives fail, and while it never happens at a convenient time, having backups in place is the difference between yelling out a string of obscenities and punching a hole in the wall, or muttering a few curse words under your breath before moving on. LaCie wants to help you take the latter route with its new CloudBox, a hybrid storage system that backs up your files in two locations.