Lacie's New Hard Drives Make External Storage Cool Again

Seagate and Lacie have launched a few new portable hard drives in Australia this past week, and they're all designed for the future. Like the new Seagate Innov8, two new Lacie drives -- including one for an eye-watering $2400 -- are built around superfast USB 3.1 Gen 2, with built-in power and reversible data connectors.

The Lacie Chrome is that ritzy $2399 storage enclosure, with a pair of 500GB M.2 solid-state drives paired in RAID 0 and designed to offer blisteringly fast transfer speeds; Lacie says it's the fastest USB storage drive that you can buy right now. You can buy one in Australia, but you might have to wait a little while to receive it -- they're made to special order only.

Lacie's ongoing partnership with Porsche Design has produced another portable hard drive, this time the LaCie Porsche Design Mobile Drive -- a 1TB, 2TB or 4TB aluminium-bodied portable disk with a reversible USB Type-C connector that also provides power. "Distinctly Porsche Design modern and elegant style" are embodied in a sandblasted finish contrasted against chromed edges and rounded corners.

The beautiful gunmetal Seagate Innov8, which boasts a massive 8TB of internal storage despite only needing a single USB Type-C power and data cable, won't be out in Australia until the next quarter of the year, with pricing to be announced closer to that date.

And from Lacie's parent company, Seagate's new Backup Plus Ultra Slim is a 2TB portable drive that the company says is 50 per cent slimmer than other 2TB portable USB disks already available, with "Seagate's latest 2.5-inch drive technology" making that possible -- and there's also a 1TB version. You'll pay $129 for the 1TB and $179 for the 2TB, and along with the drive you'll also get Seagate's Dashboard backup software and a free subscription to 200GB of Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage. [Seagate]