Press Release

LaCie Unleashes New Two Big Ultra-Fast SATA II RAID Solution


January 4, 2006

Today LaCie unleashes an ultra-fast SATA II RAID solution with two hot-swappable drives called the LaCie Two Big in capacities of 500GB or 1TB. It delivers maximum speed of up to 115MB/s in RAID 0, large capacity and redundancy options at an affordable price. Simple setup makes it easy to just plug-and-play, and drives are hot-swappable for future expandability.

LaCie Two Big comes pre-formatted in RAID 0 (called Fast mode) in which the disks are striped together for ultimate speed right out of the box, best for real-time video editing. It can also be configured to RAID 1 (called Safe mode) in which data is mirrored for redundancy in case of drive failure. Concatenation (called Big mode) spans data over both disks so full capacity can be achieved whereby the drive appears as one large volume, or alternatively JBOD mode will show each disk as an independent volume.

“LaCie Two Big is the perfect solution for video editors looking for a simple and compact RAID solution with amazing throughput,” says Emanuela Boila, LaCie Product Manager, “You can protect your video files with RAID redundancy without sacrificing speed thanks to the fast SATA II interface.”

LaCie Two Big works with PC or Mac. Drives are hot-swappable for instant expandability and the unit is hot-pluggable so can be removed without having to power down the computer. The LaCie SATA II 3Gb/s PCI-X Card 4E included with Two Big has four ports for adding multiple LaCie Two Big RAID units for increased speed and capacity.

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Availability LaCie Two Big is available for pre-order today at the LaCie Store online (http://www.lacie.com/shop) and will be widely available through LaCie’s specialized dealer network in Q2 2006 for $469 (500GB) or $949 (1TB). LaCie Two Big ships with the LaCie SATA II 3Gb/s PCI-X Card 4E and all necessary cables for immediate use. Further product information can be found at http://www.lacie.com/products/product.htm?pid=10490..

Sustained transfer rates can vary depending upon the selected RAID configuration. The maximum sustained transfer rate of 115MB/s was achieved in RAID 0 (Fast mode).



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

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