Seagate Revamps Hard Drive Line-up @ CES 2016

CES 2016: Seagate is one of the leading hard drive manufacturers and renowned for creating high-capacity products at very competitive prices. Their LaCie range targets customers who desire a more luxury finish and prepared to pay extra for a stylish design. During CES 2016, Seagate showcased their flagship LaCie Chrome lineup which features a 1TB SSD and 10GB USB 3.1 interface. Apparently, this drive can reach speeds, “up to 940MB/second for intensive applications.” As you might have guessed, this is an expensive proposition and going to retail for $1100.

If the 1TB capacity seems overly limiting, then the Porsche range might be a more suitable choice. Starting from $210, the Porsche drives utilize an aluminium body and traditional HDD mechanism. The mobile disks come in 1TB, 2TB and 4TB options while the larger desktop SKUs are available in 4TB, 5TB and 8TB configurations. Additionally, the mobile and desktop versions support fast USB 3.0 speeds via a USB 3.1 Type-C connector. Although, the larger models have the capability to charge a laptop’s battery which is a welcome addition. Sadly, Seagate didn’t provide any pricing information about the Porsche disk drives, but I’m sure this will be revealed very soon.

LaCie Announced Porsche Design Mobile Drive with USB-C Connector

Apple just announced their new MacBook and there is a lot of talk about the USB-C technology. Android smartphones will also feature the connector soon and Asus has already presented their full lineup of device. But a connector isn’t enough, we also need to attach something to it. For that, LaCie announced the addition of USB-C technology to its Porsche Design Mobile Drive that is available up to 2TB capacity.

For those who don’t know it, LaCie is the premium brand of Seagate and they make some truly beautiful drives for those who want something special. The Porsche Design Mobile Drive has been specially designed with its aluminium finish to match the MacBooks, but it will of course work with any system. It supports Time Machine backups and transfer speeds up to 100 MB/s.

The user-friendly USB-C connector makes it easier than ever to connect these new drives, we all know the three-turn USB connection move. For compatibility, the LaCie drive also comes with an included adapter for USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 ports.

The LaCie Mobile Drive enclosure is made from 3 mm thick solid aluminum and the drive comes backed by a two-year warranty. Availability is set for next quarter with a 500GB slim size model as well as 1TB and 2TB models. No word on pricing yet.

Thanks to LaCie for providing us with this information

Seagate to Cease Thunderbolt Support

Seagate has announced that it is to cease mainstream support for the Thunderbolt interconnection standard. The Thunderbolt hardware interface was developed by Intel and Apple as a faster alternative to USB connectors. It is the de facto standard on Apple computers, such as the iMac, but adoption by other platforms has been slow to non-existent.

Now, HDD giant Seagate has dealt the system a significant blow by ending support for it, the company favouring the USB 3.0 standard, and planning ahead for the forthcoming USB 3.1. However, Seagate subsidiary LaCie is to continue Thunderbolt support. LaCie, bought by Seagate in 2012, produces external hard drives designed to fit the Apple aesthetic.

Source: BitTech

LaCie Unveiled Mirror Portable Hard Drive

LaCie, a premium brand of Seagate’s, has introduced their new Mirror portable hard drive created by the French designer Pauline Deltour. The drive is enclosed in scratch resistant Gorilla Glass 3, making this 1TB drive both stylish and useful.

“You have to look twice to discover the LaCie Mirror’s true ambition,” said Deltour. “Covered by mirrored glass, it’s first an elegant and functional object, and only on second glance is it revealed to be a slim high–performance hard drive.”

 

The drive connects through USB 3.0 and offers LaCie Backup Assistant and Private-Public that is an AES 256-bit software encryption. The drive itself measures 80 x 128 x 13mm and the wooden stand measures 80 x 155 x 14mm. The drive weighs 230g without the stand, so it’s highly portable.

The new 1TB LaCie Mirror portable hard drive will be available in late January for an MSRP of $279.99 at LaCie.com. Wider availability will come later this year. The drive also comes with a carrying pouch and cleaning cloth to keep it pretty and great looking.

Thanks to LaCie for providing us with this information

Images and video courtesy of LaCie

LaCie Announces the Rugged RAID Mobile Drive

LaCie has announced the new Rugged RAID mobile hard drive for the active person that needs that extra data safety. The bright orange drive features both a built-in Thunderbolt cable and an extra USB 3 connection for the ones without Thunderbolt ports on their systems.

The drive has 4TB capacity in total, but the available storage depends on the setup. It supports both RAID 1 and RAID 0, and it also comes with support for 256bit AES-encryption. Transfer speeds also depend on the configuration and the drive can achieve up to 240MB/s.

LaCie Rugged is resistant to shock, dust, and water: perfect for the outdoors. It is tested to withstand drops of up to 1.5 meters and 1 ton of pressure. It is IP 54–rated for superior resistance to dust and water splashing with the cap in place, even during operation. The backup software suite is compatibility with both Time Machine and Windows Backup.

The LaCie Rugged RAID will be available for an MSRP of $449.99 this quarter through both the LaCie Online Store and LaCie Resellers and the drive is backed by a 3-year warranty that can be extended.

Thanks to LaCie for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of LaCie

Christofle Designed “Sphére” Hard Drive Released By LaCie

LaCie has released a strange-looking Hard Drive, in the shape of a Sphere. It is designed by Christofle, the hard drive is enclosed in a spherical case of silver-plated steel.

The product has a USB 3.0 connection interface and comes in 1TB of storage capacity, a perfect place for all your information including photos, videos and music libraries. This peculiar spherical hard drive is also powered through the USB cable, and therefore does not require any additional power cords. It comes with an Automatic Backup feature which can help you keep a copy of your information in case something unexpected happens and you lose it. It also comes with LaCie’s Private-Public security feature for a more secure connection to keep all your information private, and also is energy-efficient with its Automatic Eco Mode feature, lowering the power consumption by 90% when not in use.

Christofle is usually the sign of a luxury brand and elegance. Founded in France in 1830, it has a long history of providing master craftsmanship. And we all know that elegance does not come cheap, and so is reflected in LaCie’s Sphere Hard Drive, bumping its price range to $499.

Features:

  • Design by Christofle, technology by LaCie
  • Hand-crafted and silvered in France
  • No power cable needed

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Image and video courtesy of LaCie