We have Thunderbolt drives, and we have USB 3.0 drives. They've usually had to remain separate on full-size drives, however, which could make a refresh of LaCie's d2 something of a milestone -- it's purportedly the first desktop external drive with both Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 interfaces (as well as the matching cables) in the same box. The upgrade should give Mac and Windows users alike the full 180MB/s average transfer rate without having to sweat over port choices. The new dual-interface d2s are available today, but be prepared to pay for absolute flexibility: the aluminum, fanless drives start at a hefty $300 for a 3TB version and scale up to $400 for a 4TB model, roughly $100 or more beyond some of their single-interface brethren.
LaCie Supercharges Best-Selling d2 Hard Drive
PARIS, FRANCE – Today LaCie announced its best-selling hard drive, the d2, now features USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt(TM) connectivity together with the latest 4TB 7200rpm hard drives. The LaCie d2 USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series enables professionals to complete their work faster with ample capacity for large files sizes. Plus, with universal connectivity projects are never derailed by incompatibility.
"The LaCie d2 has been trusted by creative professionals for almost a decade," said Erwan Girard, Business Unit Manager, LaCie. "We've leveraged industry leading technology and supercharged the LaCie d2, so our customers can stick with their favorite hard drive while improving efficiency."
Get the fastest speeds available on Mac and PC thanks to the USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt ports. The LaCie d2 performs at speeds up to 180MB/s, twice as fast as FireWire 800 and nearly four times faster than USB 2.0. These speeds allow the user to transfer a 10GB project in less than one minute, back up a computer in record time, easily edit video in demanding applications and browse through photo libraries without delay. Plus with 256-bit AES encryption the data is always secure.
The LaCie d2 offers seamless cross-platform compatibility in any work environment. With USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt interfaces, the LaCie d2 is an excellent option for new Mac or Ultrabook(TM) users. Backward compatibility with USB 2.0 means the user can connect the product to any standard computer. Both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt cables are included.
ADVANCED COOLING FOR LONG-TERM RELIABILITY
Since effective cooling is a critical factor in hard disk reliability, the LaCie d2 features a solid aluminum casing that provides 60 percent more surface area than flat designs, which diverts and dissipates heat more efficiently. Its innovative design means it stays cool without requiring a fan, making it perfect for noise-sensitive creative environments.
THUNDERBOLT TECHNOLOGY LEADER
As a leader in Thunderbolt technology, LaCie has brought to market the largest portfolio of Thunderbolt storage solutions. Additional offerings include the LaCie 2big Thunderbolt Series, LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Series, LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series and LaCie eSATA Hub Thunderbolt Series. Find out more at http://www.lacie.com/thunderbolt.
The LaCie d2, design by Neil Poulton, is available with a full back up software suite in 3TB and 4TB capacities through the LaCie Online Store and LaCie Resellers starting at $299.00. For more product information, visit www.lacie.com.