by Anton Shilov
01/13/2004 | 05:29 PM
While there are hardly any widely available applications or content that require more than about 100 – 200GB of storage space, LaCie, a leading producer of innovative and breakthrough storage products, thinks there is a market for 1TB storage solutions nowadays.
LaCie recently revealed its Bigger Disk storage solutions based on a number of HDDs with 7200rpm motors, 10ms seek time and 8MB cache buffers, delivering unbelievable 1TB of storage space in total. The external hard drive comes in stylish and compact 5.25” form-factor with FireWire 400, FireWire 800, USB 2.0 and power connectors. The Bigger Disk is easy to use, as it becomes fully-functional right after plugging to a computer.
The LaCie Bigger Disk features an on/off button, but also offers a unique automatic startup, shutdown and hibernation option to reduce excess noise and save energy. Ideal for audio users looking for a noise-free work environment, the Bigger Disk features an ultra quiet operating mode. Engineered out of aluminum and ZAMAC; this metal alloy dissipates heat from the drive and prolongs drive performance.
The Bigger Disk is primarily designed as a cost-effective solution for digital video or other kinds of media storage. The solution may surely be used as a very big storage for a small workgroup. A peculiarity that restricts LaCie Bigger Disk from being deployed in mission-critical applications is the absence of RAID function, something that is crucially required by enterprises.
Offering a 5.25” form factor, the LaCie Bigger Disk simplifies the placement in tight office environments. The multi-purpose d2 design is stackable and can be positioned upright on a removable foot. An optional rackmount kit enables placement in a standard 19” rack.
The LaCie Bigger Disk will be available beginning in January, 2004 through LaCie authorized resellers, specialist stores and mail order partners, with a suggested retail price of $1199. Prices include a one-year warranty, four interface cables (FireWire 800 (9:9-pin), FireWire 400 (6:6-pin), Hi-Speed USB 2.0 and an iLink cable (6:4pin)).