The First Ever Stupid-Fast Thunderbolt External HDD Is Finally Out

I like the sound of backing up my entire hard drive in several minutes, instead several hours. With LaCie's Little Big Disk, we might finally be able to do it: dual drives plus Thunderbolt.

The Little Big Disk straps together two HDDs in a RAID array (0 for extra speed, or 1 for extra data safety). All this is tucked into a light, tough-ish aluminium case. If you want to totally max out that 10Gb/s Thunderbolt channel, you'll be able to chain together multiple Little Big Disks, or slap on any other Thunderbolt peripheral to tap the rest of the bandwidth juice. You can pick up a 1TB 5400rpm model for $US500, or 2TB 7200rpm for $US500. Even more exciting is a 500GB SSD model next month — then we'll hit 800MB/s instead of just 190MB/s for HDDs. And that's when Thunderbolt drives really get exciting. [LaCie]

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