Press Release

New LaCie FireWire 800 Firmware Available For Windows XP SP2 Users


August 11, 2004

This week Microsoft released Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), an update "pack" for those using the Windows XP operating systems that offers better defense against viruses, worms and hackers. Microsoft recommends this update for anyone using Windows XP Home, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Media Center Edition, and Windows XP Tablet PC.

In addition to better defense, SP2 includes updates to FireWire drivers for improved compatibility, stability and data integrity. LaCie drives with a FireWire 800 interface are affected by this update, and require a firmware update to be compatible with this release. LaCie drives with a FireWire 400 interface will function properly with SP2 and do not require an update.

Customers who have or plan to update to SP2 and own a LaCie hard drive with a FireWire 800 interface should download the latest LaCie installer for the firmware updater - "LaCie Update Tool for Windows (August 11, 2004)" - to ensure best performance and proper operation of the products. This firmware update is only needed for hard drives or cards intended for use with Windows XP SP2*. Updated drives will still function properly with older Windows 98SE/Me/2000 operating systems, and with XP whether SP2 is installed or not. The updated drives are also compatible with Macintosh OS 9 and OS X operating systems. To determine whether the newest firmware is needed, review the "LaCie FW 800 Drives and Windows XP SP2 Readme" document located at:
http://www.lacie.com/download/drivers/ReadMeFW800SP2.pdf

Users can download the firmware immediately at:
http://www.lacie.com/support/drivers.

LaCie FireWire 800 Drives that require new LaCie firmware when used with SP2:

  • d2 Hard Drive (FW800)
  • d2 Hard Drive Extreme (FW800/400)
  • d2 Hard Drive Triple Interface (FW800/FW400/USB2)
  • d2 Big Disk (FW800/USB2)
  • d2 Big Disk Extreme (FW800/400)
  • d2 Big Disk Triple Interface (FW800/FW400/USB2)
  • d2 Bigger Disk Triple Interface (FW800/FW400/USB2)

    About LaCie
    Established in the United States, Europe and Japan, LaCie is the world's leading producer of PC and Macintosh compatible storage peripherals. Through a specialized sales dealer network, LaCie offers innovative solutions for creative professionals in multimedia applications (graphics, audio, video, web design and digital photography). What differentiates LaCie is the design of its products and original creations by designers such as Philippe Starck, Porsche Design GmbH and Neil Poulton. LaCie is listed on the Paris Nouveau Marché (code 5431). www.lacie.com

    Contact Lacie
    Press Inquiries: US: Melissa Logan, 503-844-4578, mlogan@lacie.com
    Sales Inquiries: Direct Sales, 503-844-4502, sales@lacie.com
    Reseller Sales, 503-844-4500, sales@lacie.com

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    * LaCie firmware updates are for LaCie drives only. LaCie is not responsible for any damage incurred if trying to use these firmware updates with other manufacturer's products. Please contact the manufacturer directly for questions regarding Windows XP SP 2 support.



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    Contact LaCie

    Press Inquiries: press@lacie.com
    Sales Inquiries: Direct Sales, 971-246-8150, sales@lacie.com
    Reseller Sales, sales@lacie.com

    1TB = 1,000,000,000,000 bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending upon operating environment (typically 5–10% less).

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