Have you been itching to plug something into your Thunderbolt port besides a display? Something you can suck some data out at a blistering 10Gb/s? Videographer, rejoice, LaCie has officially released its Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Series today and packs some power in a lightweight package. Perfect for those editing video on the go or on-set, the LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt HDD will give you all the speed and storage you need. Additionally, LaCie announced that it will ship the super fast SSD version in October.
No pricing was issued in its press release, shown below, but you can be ready for a spanking at the register for sure. Amateur need not apply.
Today LaCie announced the Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Series is now available for purchase. It is the first portable solution to feature the shocking 10Gb/s speeds of Thunderbolt technology. This next-generation Little Big Disk is the first product in LaCie’s series of high-end Thunderbolt solutions.
Designed for the most demanding applications, the LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Series will bring a new level of performance to creative workflows and professional storage users. It offers ultra-fast data transfers, complete system backup in minutes, and faster content editing than ever before.
“Performance can come in small packages,” says Jason Ziller, Intel’s director of Thunderbolt Marketing. “LaCie’s Little Big Disk with Intel’s Thunderbolt™ technology delivers blazingly fast transfer speeds in a truly portable form factor; we think media creators and entertainment enthusiasts alike are going to love it.”
A FEATHERWEIGHT POWERHOUSE
The LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Series sets the new standard for the storage industry. Featuring a pair of 2.5″ drives in a Mac OS RAID configuration, the Little Big Disk delivers stunning read speeds more than 480MB/s in SSD and up to 190MB/s in HDD.
The more Little Big Disks you chain together, the more impressive the performance. Users can daisy chain several Little Big Disks to maximize the interface’s capabilities and reach transfer rates around 800MB/s – truly rackmount storage speeds in a portable solution.
NEXT GENERATION STORAGE
A game changer for content creators and professional users, the Little Big Disk is the ultimate portable solution for fast access to data or on-set editing. It supports multiple RAID levels (0,1 and JBOD) and daisy chaining for storage expansion or connecting other peripherals. Additionally, it features a heat sink casing and quiet fan for dual cooling.
“The great thing about the LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Series is its versatility,” said Erwan Girard, Professional Business Unit Manager, LaCie. “No matter which Little Big Disk model you choose, it will serve your most demanding applications with ease and portability. It’s the ultimate in storage technology.”
For more than 20 years, LaCie has worked in the Apple™ marketplace, introducing innovative products and launching cutting-edge technologies. LaCie developed the first Apple branded storage solution and showcased the first implementations of FireWire technology. Since then, LaCie has collaborated with Intel™ and Apple to develop a range of professional storage solutions featuring Thunderbolt technology.
The LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Series HDD models are available through Apple retail stores worldwide and Apple.com. The SSD model will be shipping this October. All models will be available shortly through LaCie’s reseller channel and LaCie.com. The Thunderbolt cable can be purchased separately on Apple.com. For full specifications and product information on the LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Series visit: http://www.lacie.com/us/products/product.htm?id=10549.
WIN A LITTLE BIG DISK THUNDERBOLT SERIES
Be one of the first to enjoy the next generation of high-speed storage – the LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Series. One winner will be selected each Thursday for the next four weeks. For additional details and to enter now visit www.facebook.com/lacieworldwide.
With operations in the Americas, Europe and Asia, LaCie is a leading manufacturer of storage devices for PC, Apple, and Linux. LaCie has differentiated itself through sleek design and remarkable technical performance. Find out more about our products at www.lacie.com.
Rocstor, a leading provider of fast, high‐capacity data storage and encryption solutions, announces new addition the BLAZER mobile line of external hard drives. The Blazer B7 ruggedized pocket drives deliver exceptional performance and reliability in a tough aluminum enclosure. Designed and engineered to meet the needs of demanding mobile data storage market, the Blazer B9, 2.5” external hard drives are compatible with both Windows® and Macintosh® Operating Systems.
The BLAZER series ‐ “These drives are made with ruggedized aluminum to fulfill the requirements of demanding consumers who expect their external hard drives to perform under tough working environments. The new Blazer pocket drives contain a fast, high capacity 2.5” SATA drive mechanism, provides with up to 5,000 MB/sec transfer speeds and multiple interfaces in a stylish aluminum case for thermal efficiency and silent operation.
The first design of its kind, the Blazer mobile series sets a new standard for unprecedented design, quality, versatility and capability that will satisfy the most sophisticated consumers, where the products specifications must satisfy the uncompromising demands of consumers.
The ruggedized tough Aluminum chamber and shock‐absorbent (patent in process) enclosure protect the drive against impact damage, accidental drops and bumps. These outstanding design features prolong product life and protect data integrity under toughest working environments.
Despite its diminutive size and shock‐absorbent chamber, the Blazer B7’s wide array of ports ensures maximum compatibility regardless of the type of computer or operating system in use. A combination of ports, 2x FireWire 800 (1394b, and 1394a ‐ IEEE) and High Speed USB 3.0 (USB 2.0) makes these devices some of the most versatile drives on the market.
Wide Range of Applications
Operating with Mac OS, Linux® and Windows®, this external drive offers storage capacities ranging from 320GB to 750GB (HDD) and 64GB, 128GB, 256GB Solid State (DDS) as well as “plug‐and‐play” capability with hard drive speeds of up to 7,200rpm or 250 MB/sec with SSD. This allows users to quickly back up or archive valuable data, large video files and digital photo collections.
The bootable feature allows the user to boot access and operate all programs and data via any other computer under the same OS environments.
•Ruggedized Pocket size external storage drive
•Robust and tough Aluminum Casing
•Enhanced Shock‐Absorbent casing despite its small size
•Incorporates SSD or SATA Hard Drive
•USB 3.0, and 2x FireWire 800 (1394b) connections
•Bus powered and bootable
•Speeds up to 5,000 Megabytes per second
•Reduces power consumption with hard drive spin‐down support
•Daisy chain multiple FireWire devices as storage needs grow
•Automatic configuration (pre‐formatted for plug and play)
•Compatibility ‐ Mac or Windows® or Linux®
•Includes all necessary cables
Hard Disk Drives = 320GB, 500GB, 640GB and 750GB
Solid State Drives = 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB
Rotational Speeds: available with 5,400 or 7,200 rpm HDD and 250 MB/sec SSD
Interface: FireWire 800 1394b and High Speed USB 3.0 (2.0 compatible)
Transfer Rates: Up to 800MB/s FireWire 800, and up to 5,000MB/s USB 3.
Dimension: ~2.95 x 5x 0.63 (0.75) inch ~75 x 12.7 x 16 (19) mm
Weight: ~0.5 lb (~0.2Kg) or less
Mac or PC computers with USB 3.0 (2.0) or FireWire 800 (IEEE 1394b or 1394a) port(s) Apple: PowerPC® or Intel® Core Duo® processor PC: 266MHz or faster Intel or equivalent processor Recommended Memory: 512MB RAM
Operating System requirements: Apple: PowerPC® or Intel Core Duo® processor running Mac OS 9, X, Leopard, Snow Leopard … PC: Microsoft®, Windows®, 2000, Me, XP, Vista® or Windows 7®
Power Requirements: FireWire or USB Bus Power
Availability: The Blazer B7 will be available end of February 2011, through our distribution and reseller channels domestically and internationally. For more product information, visit http://www.rocstor.com
The new G-DRIVE slim leverages Hitachi GST’s rugged, 7mm Travelstar™ Z5K320 drive, making it the thinnest, 2.5-inch external hard drive in the world. With its diminutive footprint – just a mere 128.6 mm (L) x 82 mm (W) by 9.9 mm (H), – sleek design and recyclable aluminum enclosure, users now have a stylish drive to help them move, work and play with their digital content. Lightweight and compact, weighing in at approximately 144g (5 oz), users can easily carry up to 80 hours of high-definition video, 320 hours of standard video, 114 movies, 80,000 songs or 160 games1 wherever they go.
Rugged on the inside, the Hitachi Travelstar Z5K320 drive gives the G-DRIVE slim superior operating shock protection and quiet acoustics for use in the home, in the office or on the road. On the outside, the G-DRIVE slim’s solid aluminum enclosure acts as a heat sink, keeping the internal drive cool and data protected. Because of G-Technology’s ongoing commitment to quality, the G-DRIVE slim can be easily stowed and transported in a purse, backpack or briefcase.
Formatted for Macs with simple plug n’ play connectivity, the G-DRIVE slim is Time Machine® ready for added backup protection. It is USB-powered, so there is no need to carry around an extra power cord.
“Our new G-DRIVE slim is yet another way that we’re making high quality storage more accessible and affordable for consumers,” said Mike Williams, vice president and general manager, Hitachi GST Branded Business. “There’s been mounting interest from our global network of retailers and distributors to provide a G-Tech-quality, entry-level portable offering and the G-DRIVE slim is that drive. It gives users a simple external storage solution with the same quality and attention to detail that we put into our entire line of premium external storage solutions.”
The new G-Technology G-DRIVE slim comes with a three-year limited warranty and is currently available online and at Apple Retail Stores. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the 320GB drive is $99.99.
For more information, or to find other G-Technology external drives with higher capacities, faster interfaces or screaming throughput for HD video editing, please visit www.g-technology.com.
Today, LaCie introduces its first network-attached storage solution to feature Wi-Fi. The LaCie Wireless Space can operate as a file or media server for multiple Mac® and PC users, from anywhere in the home – making it the most compatible and multifunctional network hard drive on the market.
Leveraging Wi-Fi technology, the Wireless Space can connect to your existing Wi-Fi network, allowing you to access files wirelessly throughout the home, and can serve as a central storage solution for all your backups. If you wish to increase your Wi-Fi performance, the Wireless Space can also act as a B/G/N access point, and even serve as a full-featured router.
“There are a variety of network devices you need to buy to have a full solution to connect your computers, share media and back up your files,” remarked Julien Ott, Product Manager for Network Attached Storage, LaCie. “LaCie is thrilled to bring Wi-Fi connectivity to the Wireless Space and deliver a truly all-in-one solution for the varying different network needs of any home.”
For users with a large media library, the Wireless Space can also act as a media server. It’s compatible with UPnP®/DLNA® and iTunes®, and you can stream music, movies and photos from a central location and play them on any device.
Additionally, the Wireless Space is Time Machine® compatible, so Mac users can use it as a target for their automatic backups and be confident that all important files and media are safely protected. LaCie also delivers Genie Timeline software for scheduled backups on the PC.
Designed exclusively for LaCie, Neil Poulton’s sleek, polished black design is engineered for natural heat dissipation and near-silent operation. The sophisticated design and Wi-Fi functionality of the Wireless Space makes it a perfect addition to any home network.
The LaCie Wireless Space is currently available in Europe in 1TB and 2TB capacities. Both models will be available in the US this October through the LaCie Online Store, LaCie Corner, and LaCie Reseller+ starting at $229.99. For more product information, visit www.lacie.com
In addition to the new 1TB model, the Mercury Elite-AL Pro mini is available in nine other “Quad Interface” models offering a variety of speed, capacity, and drive type options:
250GB 5400RPM 8MB Cache FW800/400+USB2+eSATA Storage Solution $119.99
320GB 5400RPM 8MB Cache FW800/400+USB2+eSATA Storage Solution $129.99
500GB 5400RPM 8MB Cache FW800/400+USB2+eSATA Storage Solution $154.99
640GB 5400RPM 8MB Cache FW800/400+USB2+eSATA Storage Solution $189.00
1.0TB 5200RPM 8MB Cache FW800/400+USB2+eSATA Storage Solution $299.99
320GB 7200RPM 16MB Cache FW800/400+USB2+eSATA Storage Solution $144.99
500GB 7200RPM 16MB Cache FW800/400+USB2+eSATA Storage Solution $189.99
Solid State Drive featuring the OWC Mercury Extreme Enterprise SSD
50GB SSD FW800/400+USB2+eSATA Storage Solution $299.99
100GB SSD FW800/400+USB2+eSATA Storage Solution $469.99
200GB SSD FW800/400+USB2+eSATA Storage Solution $849.99
All OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro mini models, including the new 1TB model, are available for immediate ordering from Other World Computing at http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/EliteALmini/eSATA_FW800_FW400_USB and are compatible with Apple OS 8.6 and later including the latest 10.6 “Snow Leopard”; and Windows 98SE or later operating systems; and come ready for Plug and Play ease of use with all supported interface connecting cables, a $200 retail value disk utility software bundle, and an industry leading three year complete solution warranty.
For more information on the complete OWC Storage Solution line, visit: http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/
Portable & Bus Powered For Mobile Lifestyles
Measuring a compact 3.8″ W x 5.5″ L x 1.1″ H, the OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro mini offers storage capacity up to 1TB – enough space for up to 1,000,000 JPEG photos, 500 DVD movies, 76 hours of digital video, or 350,000 MP3 songs – in its fanless, aircraft grade brushed aluminum enclosure. Because it’s bus-powered, the Mercury Elite-AL Pro mini doesn’t require an AC adapter, which makes it ideal for in-the-field business professionals, creative/entertainment professionals, students, and anyone else needing to back up data, transport large files between computers, gain additional storage capacity, and even perform video editing and live music recording.
Built For Performance & Flexibility
Designed to emulate the award winning history of the larger desktop sized Mercury Elite-AL Pro, the new Elite-AL Pro mini portable storage solution features the fastest 2.5″ SATA hard drive mechanisms up to 7200RPM as well as OWC’s Mercury Extreme Enterprise SSD for demanding A/V, digital photography, professional music, graphics, general data, and Time Machine ready storage needs. With two FireWire 800 ports, users can “daisy chain” multiple devices, connect legacy FireWire 400 devices via the included 800 to 400 connecting cable, and can even utilize the fastest data transfer interface, eSATA, while bus powering via FireWire. The Mercury Elite-AL Pro mini can also be used with storage capable digital cameras and camcorders with FireWire and/or USB data ports for fast, on-location backups of images and video.
“We’re very pleased to have our renowned Mercury storage line achieve another industry first,” said Larry O’Connor, CEO, Other World Computing. “With the highest capacity and most interfaces in a portable design, our ‘mini’ delivers massive, professional grade data storage/backup to the modern mobile computing society.”
Encased in brushed, sturdy aluminum, the LaCie Rikiki, which means “tiny” in French, represents a resilient aesthetic that protects your media from everyday blunders and unwelcome fingerprints. Its lightweight design makes it a perfect companion for keeping your digital world close at hand.
“We are part of a generation that wants more from our electronics, but in the smallest form factor possible, and with a competitive price,” said Anne-Sophie Marchand, Consumer Product Manager. “With the LaCie Rikiki, we have done just that by fitting high-performance and high-capacity in the palm of your hand, for under $100.”
Leveraging the versatile USB 2.0 interface, the LaCie Rikiki is instantly compatible with your PC or Mac. Simply plug it in and you’re ready to store and share your favorite media with high-speed performance. LaCie Rikiki also offers USB Boost software for enhancing speeds up to 33% (Windows® only).
LaCie Rikiki also comes with a simplified software suite – for quick setup and easy-to-use backup management – enabling complete configuration in just a few clicks. The LaCie Rikiki is an all-in-one solution for storage mobility.
The LaCie Rikiki will be available in 250GB, 500GB, and 640GB capacities through the LaCie Online Store, LaCie Reseller+, and LaCie Corner, starting at the suggested retail price of $74.99 (excluding VAT). For more information, visit www.lacie.com.
If you’re looking for a new external hard drive device to back up your data and or get you some mass density of speed for, say, video editing, then take a look our just posted review off the OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2. This beefy unit is impressive and pretty darn sweet. We got raw test figures and some real life examples. The results are impressive and, well, just read the review and see for yourself what we thought in the end.
Newer Technology, Inc. today announced miniStack(r), its award-winning powered hub storage solution that features up to four different interfaces – FireWire 800, 400, USB 2.0, and eSATA – offers FireWire 400 device connectivity, additional port flexibility, and expanded storage capacity up to 1.5TB to the newest Mac mini, iMac, and MacBook Pro models.
Plug and Play FireWire 400 Devices with New Macs
The NewerTech miniStack solves the dilemma of how to use existing FireWire 400 devices with the new Mac mini, iMac, and MacBook Pro 17″ models, which only come equipped with FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 interfaces. Each miniStack model features a unique ergonomic rear and side powered hub port configuration with up to three FireWire 400 (one uplink and two additional) and four USB 2.0 (one uplink and three additional) ports. With its port flexibility and with all interface connection cables included, miniStack eliminates the hassle and expense of buying extra cables or adapters and enables a new Mac owner to Plug and Play multiple digital devices, such as scanners, printers, memory card readers, digital cameras, and iPods, into one centralized hub simultaneously and clutter-free.
Big Performance From A Small Footprint
Designed to mirror the size and appearance of the Mac mini, miniStack is also an ideal space-saving desktop hub for use with the new iMac and MacBook Pro 17″ models. Its compact 6.5″W x 6.5″L x 1.5″H size houses a single Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive up to 1.5TB for data intensive uses such as Audio/Video editing, digital photography, MP3 music libraries, and high-speed back-up. Built for high performance, miniStack offers storage and retrieval of up to 1.5 million JPEG photos, 526,000 MP3 songs, or 750 DVD quality movies with data transfer rates up to 150MB/s.
Compliments Macs, PCs, Networks, Entertainment Systems
With its interface flexibility and 2.6lb bare weight, miniStack is the ideal portable external hard drive storage solution to move among multiple Macintosh computers and laptops and virtually any Windows(r) or Linux(r)-based computer with a USB or FireWire port. miniStack can also be added to an Airport Extreme(r) wireless network via USB to wirelessly share files, perform Time Machine backups, and share other devices like printers. Plus, miniStack is A/V rated for high-performance home entertainment systems and sharing content with Apple TV(r).
Maximum Features In A Mini Footprint
* Provides storage and retrieval of up to 1.5 million JPEG photos, 526,000 MP3 songs, or 750 DVD quality movies with data transfer rates up to 150MB/s.
* Up to 1.5TB storage capacity with energy efficient and Enterprise class hard drive models available
* Up to 32MB of data cache
* 7200RPM hard drive
* Oxford bridge chipset
* FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0, and/or eSATA bootable
* 6.5″W x 6.5″L x 1.5″H size
* 2.6lbs bare case weight
* External AutoSwitching 100~240v 50/60Hz 3 amp UL listed power adapter
* Auto-Power on/off automatically with computer
* Intelligent thermal monitoring for minimal fan power consumption and Whisper Quiet operation
* All supported interface connection cables included plus a FireWire 800-400 interconnecting cable (9-6 pin cable).
* Kensington security slot
* $200 retail value disk utility software bundle
* Three year solution warranty
Two Models Up To 1.5TB Starting At $104.99
The NewerTech miniStack is available in two models priced starting from $104.99, the “dual interface” miniStack v2.5 which features three FireWire 400 and three USB 2.0 ports and comes in 10 pre-configured 7200RPM solutions from 80GB to 1.5TB; and the “quad interface” miniStack v3 which offers one eSATA, two FireWire 800, one FireWire 400, and three USB 2.0 ports and comes in nine pre-configured 7200RPM solutions from 160GB to 1.5TB. Both models are available immediately from NewerTech’s exclusive distributor, Other World Computing, at www.macsales.com, as well as through the retail channel.
Available immediately priced starting at $399.99, the Mercury Pro Blu-ray External Drives are ideal for consumers with large amounts of High-Definition or other video, photos, music, and data files that they want to author, archive, or retrieve using a single disk. With twice the Blu-ray burn speed over earlier Mercury Pro models, the new Mercury Pro Blu-ray External Drives are capable of burning 50GB of data — equal to 50,000 JPEG images, 17,500 MP3 songs, 25 DVD quality movies, or just under four hours of High Definition video — onto a single disc as quickly as 30 minutes. Additionally, Mercury Pro Blu-ray drives read and/or write virtually all optical media, including DVD-RAM, DVD Dual-Layer R/RW, DVD R/RW, and CD-R/RW, as well as Blu-ray.
Pricing for OWC Mercury Pro Blu-ray “Quad Interface” External Drive solutions:
OWC Mercury Pro “Quad Interface” External Drive (Model BDR-203X): $399.99. Writes and reads Blu-ray up to 8X, 16X DVD, and 32X CD Burn Speeds. Includes all connection cables and two 25GB BD-R discs.
OWC Mercury Pro “Quad Interface” External Drive (Model BDR-203XT) with Roxio software: $479.99. Writes and reads Blu-ray up to 8X, 16X DVD, and 32X CD Burn Speeds. Includes all connection cables, two 25GB BD-R discs, and full retail version of Roxio Toast 10 Titanium.
“With Blu-ray write speeds twice as fast as the previous OWC models, as well as the ability to read/write DVDs and CDs, these new OWC Mercury Pro Blu-ray External Drive solutions give anyone with digital entertainment and general data files the ability to dramatically reduce the time and amount of media required to create general use and archive discs,” said Larry O’Connor, CEO, OWC.
The OWC Mercury Pro Blu-ray “Quad Interface” External Drive solutions have been fully tested for compatibility with most Apple and Windows built-in and third party DVD/CD tools and players, including Apple iTunes, Apple Disc Burner, Apple iDVD 5, Apple DVD Studio Pro, EMC Retrospect Express, NTI DragonBurn, Roxio Toast, Roxio Easy Media Creator, and Nero Burning.
mStation | mophie announces juice pack air, the world’s thinnest apple-certified external battery for iPhone 3G. The rechargeable 1200 mAH lithium polymer battery housed in an ultra-thin case virtually doubles the amount of time you have to rock, talk, surf, and send. Juice pack air will be available to consumers world-wide this spring at Apple stores and mophie.com for $79.95 in Black, White, and Purple.
Juice pack air features an innovative “standby mode” that allows users to control when they want to take advantage of additional battery support versus simply using it as a protective case. The integrated 4 LED charge status indicates how much juice is remaining in the external battery. Unique pass-through design allows users to simultaneously charge their juice pack air and sync their iPhone 3G with iTunes with the included USB cable.
“The juice pack air is a simple yet elegant battery boosting solution for iPhone 3G power users” says Ross Howe, Sales and Product Development Director for mStation | mophie. “Advanced features like standby mode and ultra-thin design make juice pack air the ideal option for both extended battery support and protection.”
Additional Battery Time Provided by juice pack air
Standby Time: Up to 270 hours
Talk Time: Up to 4.5 hours (3G) Up to 9 hours (2G)
Internet Use: Up to 4.5 hours (3G) Up to 5.4 Hours (Wi-Fi)
Audio Playback: Up to 20 hours
Video Playback: Up to 6 hours
The mophie juice pack air will be available at Apple stores and mophie.com this spring with an MSRP of $79.95. For more information, visit www.mophie.com