Press Release

LaCie Bundles SATA II PCI-Express Card 2E With Two Big Compact 2-Disk SATA II RAID

June 15, 2006

Today LaCie announced it will bundle a next-generation SATA II PCI-Express (PCIe) card 2E with its compact Two Big two-disk RAID system. The new LaCie SATA II 3Gb/s PCI-Express Card 2E has two ports and provides a native x1 host bus interface for use with Apple® Power Mac® G5s or PCs with PCIe architecture. The LaCie Two Big with PCIe card bundle is available for the lowered price of $449 (500GB) or $879 (1TB). LaCie also offers a Two Big bundled with a PCI-X card for the lowered price of $469 (500GB) and $899 (1TB), as well as optional spare drive bundles.

LaCie Product Manager Emanuela Boila said, “Owners of new G5s will now be able to take advantage of LaCie Two Big’s speedy SATA II interface. It’s the perfect solution for video editors who want a no-fuss RAID unit with amazing throughput of up to 110MB/s. You can also protect your files with RAID redundancy via a simple-to-use selection switch. The two-port PCIe card allows you to add another unit for increased speed and capacity - all at an unbeatable price.”

LaCie Two Big with PCIe achieves a maximum throughput of 110MB/s in Fast mode (RAID 0). Drives are hot-swappable for instant expandability and the unit is hot-pluggable so can be removed without having to power down the computer. LaCie Two Big is also available with an optional spare hard drive.

LaCie Two Big comes pre-formatted in 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 available for pre-order today via LaCie websites and widely available through LaCie’s specialized dealer network end of June at the suggested retail prices below. LaCie Two Big ships with the selected PCI card and all necessary cables for immediate use. Additional product information can be found at

LaCie Two Big with PCI-Express 500GB $449 (+250GB spare HDD is $569)
LaCie Two Big with PCI-Express 1TB $879 (+500GB spare HDD is $1179)
LaCie Two Big with PCI-X 500GB $469 (+250GB spare HDD is $589)
LaCie Two Big with PCI-X 1TB $899 (+500GB spare HDD is $1199)

Sustained transfer rates can vary depending upon the selected RAID configuration. The maximum sustained transfer rate of 110MB/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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